PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FIELD HOCKEY REVIEW
Conference Championships Week
#23 DREXEL 13 – 6 Overall, 5 – 2 CAA
Results – Won 1 – 0 vs. #10 Northeastern at Buckley Field, Won 3 – 1 at Hofstra
Drexel 1 #10 Northeastern 0 – A penalty stroke goal by Lauren Hibshman and 11 saves by Goal Keeper Jantien Gunter gave the Dragons a 1 – 0 win on Senior Day. The win allowed Drexel to get the top seed and home field in the CAA Tournament.
Drexel 3 Hofstra 1 – Goals from Lindsay McArdle, Elise DiDonato, and Amanda Fleischut gave Drexel their 13th win of the season.
Five Drexel players received All-CAA Conference honors for this season. Amanda Fleischut and Lindsay McArdle were named to first team. Lauren Hibshman, Danielle Grassi, and Jenna Knouse made the second team. Fleischut will play in the NFHCA Senior game.
Next Game – vs. Delaware 11/3 CAA Conference Semifinals
LA SALLE 8 – 11 Overall, 3 – 4 Atlantic 10
Results – Won 4 – 3 at Saint Louis, Lost 3 – 1 vs. #16 Richmond at DeVincent Field
LaSalle 4 Saint Louis 3 – A pair of goals by Mariel Papa and seven saves by Lisa Shaffer were enough for the Explorers to keep their conference tournament hopes alive beating the Saint Louis 4 – 3. LaSalle got goals from Olivia Shoemaker and Becca Chylack in the victory.
Richmond 3 LaSalle 1 – The Explorers got a goal from Olivia Shoemaker to tie the game, but Richmond scored the next two to win 3 – 1. With the victory Richmond won the conference regular season championship and the top seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament. La Salle finished one game out of a playoff spot. Shaffer made 4 saves giving her 282 for her career. She has 8 career shutouts which places her third all-time in school history.
Four Explorers received conference honors by the Atlantic 10. Becca Chylack, Neelam Kumar, and Olivia Shoemaker were named to the Atlantic 10 second team, while Janel Paukovitz received All-Academic honors.
Next Game – LaSalle finishes the season with an 8 – 11 record.
PENN 9 – 7 Overall, 3 – 3 Ivy League
Results – Won 3 – 2 at Villanova, Won 2 – 1 (OT) vs. Brown at Franklin Field
Summary –Penn 3 Villanova 2 – The Red and Blue got its first win on the Main Line since 1994 and broke a 6 game losing streak against Villanova. The Wildcats took an early 1 – 0 lead, but the Quakers scored the next three as Amelia Cohen, Elizabeth Hitti, and Sunny Stirewalt found the inside of the goal. Villanova outshot Penn 21 – 9. Goal Keeper Carly Sokach made 5 saves.
Penn 2 Brown 1 (OT) – In the 11th minute of overtime Penn got a penalty corner. Sarah Hasson fired a shot on goal that was stopped. Julie Tahan collected the rebound and sent the ball into the goal to give Penn the 2 – 1 win. Hasson had the other score for the Red and Blue. Penn outshot Brown 25 – 4 and had a 15 – 1 advantage in penalty corners.
Next Game – at #2 Princeton 11/3
SAINT JOSEPH’S 4 – 15 Overall, 1 – 6 Atlantic 10
Results – Lost 4 – 1 at VCU, Lost 4 – 1 at Temple
VCU 4 Saint Joseph’s 1 – Nicole Gerdes scored her 5th goal of the season, but that’s all the Hawks would get falling to VCU 4 – 1. The Rams took a three goal halftime lead.
Temple 4 Saint Joseph’s 1 – Jourdan Martin scored her 7th goal of the season to tie the game at a goal apiece. The Owls scored three unanswered goal to seal the win. It was the last time the Owls and the Hawks would meet as conference foes.
Three Hawk players earned conference post season honors. Jourdan Martin was named to the second team Rachael Brosious was voted to the All-Rookie team, and Meghan Githens received All-Academic honors.
Next Game – Saint Joseph’s finishes the season with a 4 – 15 record.
TEMPLE 12 – 9 Overall, 5 – 2 Atlantic 10
Results – Lost 4 – 1 at #18 Massachusetts, Won 4 – 1 vs. Saint Joseph’s at Geasey Field, Lost 5 – 2 at #19 Massachusetts in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament semifinal.
#18 Massachusetts 4 Temple 1 – UMass took a three goal lead into the second half. The Owls got on the scoreboard with a minute left as Nicole Kroener redirected a shot by Katie Briglia on a penalty corner.
Temple 4 Saint Joseph’s 1 – On Katie Briglia Day the Owls lone senior scored the final goal of the game as Temple won 4 – 1. Alyssa Delp, Amber Youtz, and Lauren Hart also recorded goals for the Cherry and White. Temple finishes in 3rd place in the conference and advance to the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
#19 Massachusetts 5 Temple 2 Atlantic 10 Semifinal – The season ended for the Owls as they fall to UMass for the second time in a week, 5 – 2 in Atlantic 10 semifinal action. The Cherry and White took an early 1 – 0 lead on a goal by Briglia. Trailing 3 – 1 Temple scored the first goal of the second half when Youtz cut the gap to a goal. UMass answered getting the last two goals of the game.
Amber Youtz was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year. She scored a league-best 21 goals, 6th in Division I. Youtz’s 52 points ranks her 7th in the nation. Katie Briglia was named to the conference first team for the third time in her career. Alyssa Delp and Taylor Shronk made the All-Academic team.
Next Game – Temple finishes its last season in the Atlantic 10 as next season the Owls will compete in the Big East Conference.
VILLANOVA 7 – 12 Overall, 2 –32 Big East
Results – Lost 3 – 2 vs. Penn at Villanova Stadium, Won 5 – 3 at Georgetown
Penn 3 Villanova 2 – The Wildcats could not overcome a 3 goal outburst by their city rival Penn falling 3 – 2. Leah High scored the first goal of the game, her team-best 8th of the season. Kayla Kenney got the assist giving her the team lead in assists with 6. Jessica Swoboda scored with 5 minutes remaining, but Villanova could not get the equalizer. The Blue and White outshot Penn 21 – 9.
Villanova 5 Georgetown 3 – High scored 4 goals and got an assist leading the Wildcats to a 5 – 3 win over the Hoyas. Kayla Kenney had the other goal and also registered an assist in the contest. High leads the team in goals with 12 and in points with 28. Kenney leads the team in assists with 12.
For her efforts Leah High was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week.
Alex Diekmann was named to the All-Big East second team. Diekmann has made 122 saves this season.
Next Game – Villanova finishes with a 7 – 12 record.