Ger­ber sis­ters step­ping up for St. Joseph’s field hockey

The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

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.” 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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