Gerber sisters stepping up for St. Joseph’s field hockey
The St. Joseph’s field hockey team is ranked 16th in the nation and the Hawks rely on a solid defense. And, two of the defensive standouts are twin sisters Courtney and Corinne Gerber.
The juniors from Spring City and Owen J. Roberts grads, have helped St. Joseph’s post a 6-2 overall record and a 1-0 record in the Atlantic 10 Conference after a 5-0 league victory over Massachusetts on Sept. 23 in Philadelphia. It was the third shutout of the season, the Hawks giving up 13 goals and most of them were scored in a 6-3 loss to No. 4 Duke and a 3-2 setback against Rutgers.
Courtney has started all eight games and Corrine has come off the bench in all eight games.
“Both Courtney and Corinne are crafty players with quick footwork and deceptive hand speed,” coach Lynn Farquhar said. “Court is a sturdy backfield player who releases into the midfield while Corrine plays higher on the field. They are both very talented at tracking, creating 2-on-1s and attacking space.”
The Gerbers were one of the first players who signed on three years ago when the team had an RPI of “around 50” according to the coach.
“They loved the school and the vision of where we wanted to take the field hockey program,” Farquhar said. “It is impressive to stop and reflect that these young ladies have helped shape a program to a new level and rather quickly.” PAT RICCI (BOYERTOWN) >> The 6-foot, 225-pound sophomore defensive tackle is off to a solid start with the Wilkes football team, the Colonels 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the Middle Atlantic Conference after a tough 47-45 loss to Misericordia on Sept. 22 in Wilkes-Barre. Ricci has 15 tackles, including two sacks with a fumble recovery. Senior linebacker Michael Murphy (Boyertown) has 20 tackles including nine unassisted and senior Devon Fink (Pottsgrove) has 11 tackles, including eight solos.
KELSEY GIESE (PERKIOMEN VALLEY) >> The junior leads the Indiana field hockey team with six points on two goals and two assists, the Hoosiers 2-7 overall after a 5-0 loss to Miami (OH) on Sept. 23 after dropping Big Ten Conference tests against No. 11 Northwestern (2-1) on Sept. 14 and No. 16 Iowa (30) on Sept. 16. Giese had a goal in a 3-2 overtime loss to Villanova on Aug. 31 in Villanova and a goal and two assists in a 4-2 triumph over St. Francis on Sept. 9 in Bloomington, Ind. She entered this season with five goals and three assists for 15 points in 39 games her first two years with the team. MATT KEIM (SPRING-FORD) >> The senior led the Millersville men’s golf team to a fourth place finish out of 11 teams at the Hal Hanson Invitational Sept. 9 in Dubois. Keim opened with a 74 and then recorded his college career-best round of 69 to finish third out of 62 golfers in the event with a score of 143 on the par 72 Treasure Lake Country Club’s Silver course. He followed that up by finishing 48th out of 87 golfers at the Mercyhurst Fall Invitational on Sept. 23-24 in Erie with rounds of 79 and 84 for a 163 total.
OLIVIA HOOVER (METHACTON) >> The freshman midfielder is coming off the bench for the Harvard field hockey team, the Crimson 7-1 overall and 1-0 in Ivy League play after a 6-0 league victory over Yale on Sept. 21 in Cambridge, Mass. and a 4-1 non-league triumph over No. 18-ranked Maine on Sept. 23 in Orono, Me. Hoover collected her first collegiate goal in the Yale game. She’s also helping out on the defensive end with Harvard giving up just seven goals with four shutouts.
MATTHEW GLADY (DANIEL BOONE) >> The 6-foot sophomore has played in all nine games with two starts for the Stevenson men’s soccer team, the Mustangs 6-3 after blanking Immaculata 1-0 last Wednesday in Immaculata. He collected his first collegiate goal in a 6-0 triumph over Penn College on Sept. 1 in Owings Mills, Md. Glady played in 11 games as a freshman and had three shots on goal. Freshman Peter Scott (Daniel Boone) has played in two games for the Mustangs who have won four straight, three via shutouts.
NATALEE SERWATKA (PHOENIXVILLE) >> The sophomore was named PSAC Athlete of the Week in women’s cross country last Tuesday after an impressive performance for Shippensburg at the “short” race at Dickinson’s Long/Short Invitational Sept. 22 in Newville. Serwatka finished second with a 4,000 meter time of 14.40. It was her first collegiate 4k race after running 6,000 meters in five previous races with the team. She’s the first Raider cross country runner honored by the PSAC since current assistant coach Casey Norton was named on Oct. 3, 2016. ERIN REITMEYER (BOYERTOWN) >> The sophomore midfielder scored her first goal of the season and it was the only score as the Gwynedd Mercy women’s soccer team posted a 1-0 victory over Bryn Mawr last Tuesday in Gwynedd Valley. Reitmeyer’s first point of the season was an assist in a 2-2 tie with John Jay on Sept. 8 in New York City. She had six goals and three assists for 15 points as a freshman. This season, she’s started all nine games for the Griffins who are 3-4-2 but have won three straight.
SIMONE STEWART (SPRINGFORD) >> The sophomore midfielder leads the Clarks Summit women’s soccer team with 20 points on eight goals and four assists. She had a career-high four goals including the game-winner in an 8-1 victory over Penn State Schuylkill on Sept. 13. Stewart led the Lady Defenders with 12 goals and three assists for 27 points as a freshman. This season, Clarks Summit is 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference after a 3-2 league loss to Wilson on Sept. 22 in Clarks Summit.
RYAN WALLACE (THE HILL SCHOOL) >> The Elmira men’s soccer team is 1-8 and has scored just six goals on the season and the 6-foot, 180-pound freshman midfielder from Honey Brook has two of them. Wallace had both of his goals, including the game-winner, in the Soaring Eagles’ only victory, a 6-0 triumph over Hilbert on Sept. 6 in Elmira, N.Y. The team is 0-2 in Empire 8 Conference play after dropping a tough 1-0 decision to Nazareth.