Sa­cred Heart field hockey team looks to keep rolling

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Terry Toohey ttoohey@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Ter­ryToohey on Twit­ter

The reg­u­lar sea­son did not end well for the Sa­cred Heart Acad­emy field hockey team. The Lions lost six of their last seven games, all to schools sig­nif­i­cantly big­ger than the tiny pri­vate Catholic School lo­cated in the Bryn Mawr sec­tion of Haver­ford Town­ship.

Two of the losses were to Catholic Acad­e­mies League ri­vals Villa Maria and Merion Mercy, which fin­ished

1-2 in the District 1 Class

2A tour­na­ment. Villa is the de­fend­ing PIAA Class

2A cham­pion. Yet that has not pre­vented SHA from go­ing on a play­off run for the ages.

The Lions have won three of their last four games to reach the quar­ter­fi­nal round of the PIAA Class A tour­na­ment. Tues­day’s 4-1 vic­tory over District 12 champ Lans­dale Catholic was the first state tour­na­ment win in pro­gram his­tory.

The only loss in that stretch was a 2-0 de­ci­sion to New Hope-Sole­bury in the District 1 cham­pi­onship game.

Can the Lions con­tinue the magic against de­fend­ing Class A cham­pion Green­wood in the quar­ter­fi­nals Satur­day morn­ing at Man­heim Town­ship High School (11 a.m.)? They’ll cer­tainly give it a try.

“We play in such a com­pet­i­tive league,” Sa­cred Heart coach Patty McNevin said. “When they’re up against those op­po­nents that have all these Divi­sion I play­ers, we don’t have that. We have one girl (Ju­lia Flood) who is com­mit­ted to col­lege. But I think that it is fi­nally sink­ing in that they can play with these teams as long as we play as a team.”

Flood, who will at­tend Sa­cred Heart Univer­sity in Con­necti­cut, has been the go-to player on of­fense for the Lions (9-12-1). She has scored five goals in the post­sea­son, three in the District 1 tour­na­ment and two more in 4-1 tri­umph over Lans­dale Catholic in the state opener. Mary Lauren Franz (two goals) and Dani San­tori (one) have the other goals for the Lions, who are in the PIAA tour­na­ment for the fourth time in pro­gram his­tory.

Green­wood (20-1), the District 3 champ, has won

18 in a row. The only loss was a 3-2 set­back to Lower Dauphin on Sept. 15. The Wild­cats are led by se­nior Pait­lyn Wirth. She is ranked as one of the top

10 play­ers in the coun­try by Max­field­hockey.com. Wright is headed to Penn State and has scored more than 170 goals in her ca­reer.

“We’ll see,” McNevin said. “We’re walk­ing into it not re­ally know­ing too much about them, but we’re ready for the task at hand.”

In Class 2A, Catholic League and District 12 champ Arch­bishop Car­roll (18-4) has an equally daunt­ing task in the quar­ter­fi­nals at Twin Val­ley High School (2 p.m.). The Pa­tri­ots face a Done­gal team that is ranked No. 7 na­tion­ally and No. 3 in the state by Max­field­hockey.com.

The In­di­ans (25-1) have won five in a row since suf­fer­ing a 1-0 loss to Penn Manor, the No. 6 team in the na­tion, on Oct. 20. Done­gal is led by se­nior Macken­zie Al­lessie, the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of High Schools record holder with 347 ca­reer goals. She has 120 goals this sea­son and is headed to Ohio State.

Vol­ley­ball

Gar­net Val­ley (20-3) faces a team on a roll when it takes on District 3 champ Cum­ber­land Val­ley in the quar­ter­fi­nal round of the Class 4A tour­na­ment at Ex­eter High School (6 p.m.).

The Ea­gles (17-2) have won nine in a row, in­clud­ing a 3-2 vic­tory over Ex­eter to win its first district ti­tle since 2013. They fol­lowed that up with a 3-2 de­ci­sion over West Ch­ester Rustin in the first round of the state tour­na­ment. CV’s only losses were to State Col­lege (both 3-0). The In­di­ans have only dropped nine sets all sea­son.

The Jaguars are in the quar­ter­fi­nals for the third year in a row. They won the Class 4A state ti­tle in 2016 and reached the semi­fi­nals last sea­son. Gar­net Val­ley’s only losses were to Bishop Shana­han (twice) and Up­per Merion.

Boys Soc­cer

Nate Per­rins has been on quite a roll and so has Strath Haven. Per­rins has scored 10 times in four play­off games, which why the Pan­thers are in the PIAA Class 3A quar­ter­fi­nals where they will take on District 4 champ Athens at Ha­zle­ton Area High School Satur­day (3 p.m.).

With Per­rins lead­ing the way, Strath Haven has scored 19 times in the post­sea­son, win­ning a District

1 ti­tle along the way. Athens (20-1) is rid­ing a se­v­engame win­ning streak. The Wild­cats have a po­tent of­fense, too. Athens has outscored its op­po­nents 43-2 in that stretch.

In Class 4A, it’s an­other lengthy bus ride for Rad­nor. The Raiders’ re­ward for beat­ing Cum­ber­land Val­ley in Her­shey in the first round is a trip to Cedar Crest High School in Le­banon to take on District

6 champ State Col­lege (124-2) in the quar­ter­fi­nals at

3 p.m. Satur­day.

The Raiders (18-3-2) stayed alive with a 3-2 vic­tory over the District 3 cham­pion Ea­gles. Eliot Hayes scored two goals in­clud­ing the win­ner. The Lit­tle Lions beat Nor­win in over­time, 2-1, to ad­vance to the state quar­ter­fi­nals for the first time since 2011.

Girls Soc­cer

Pen­ncrest (11-7-4) will try to pick up its sec­ond PIAA play­off vic­tory in pro­gram his­tory when it faces Ephrata in the Class

4A quar­ter­fi­nals Satur­day at Up­per Perkiomen High School (11 a.m.).

The Lions knocked off District 4 champ Wil­liamsport in the open­ing round,

2-1, to record its first state play­off win. Adding to its amaz­ing run will not be easy. The Moun­taineers

(20-3-1), the No. 3 team out of District 3, are com­ing off of a 2-1 vic­tory over District

1 champ Con­estoga in the open­ing round of the state tour­na­ment.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ju­lia Flood, left, has been the go-to player for Sa­cred Heart’s field hockey team. The se­nior has scored five goals in the post­sea­son.

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