by Kathleen Harte Simone Philafieldhockey.com. Founder & Editor
PIAA District One-member high schools, comprising nearly three-quarters of Phila-area field hockey programs, wrapped up regular-season play last week. The top 51 schools — 24 3A teams, 20 2A teams and 7 1A teams — advance to PIAA District One playoffs, which begin tomorrow.
Unionville High School secured the #1 seed in 3A with a record of 16-1 dropping only to Villa Maria in OT, in non-league action. The team is deep in talent and poised under pressure. Villa Maria Academy enters Districts as the #1 seed in 2A. The Hurricanes stand at 15-1, losing only one early-season game to Merion Mercy Academy. Aggressive and determined, Villa has their eyes fixed on winning Districts, as they have done 7 times in the last 10 years. In 1A, Dock Mennonite Academy notched the top seed; they enter Districts at 16-1, edged out only by Upper Perkiomen High School. The team is intense and demonstrates strong teamwork. All three teams are formidable opponents in their divisions, landing them in the top-5 in the Phila-area for average goals scored per game and average goals allowed per game.
Philafieldhockey.com will post daily PIAA District One schedules on facebook @PhilaFH as soon as match-ups, times and locations have been confirmed. Click hereto follow us and to view the first schedule post on Facebook. Philafieldhockey.com will also post nightly score reports, as it has done all season.
The District Championship game for 1A will be held this Friday, October 28 at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School; the 2A and 3A District Championships will be held on Saturday, November 5 at Methacton High School. Click below to link to each of the three District brackets:
The Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) and Philadelphia Public League teams — members of PIAA District 12 — move into separate league playoffs this week. The winners of each league will face off on November 5 for the District 12 Title — earning the team a ticket to the PIAA State Tournament. The PCL had a 3-way tie for 1st place at the close of last week; after several rounds of criteria for breaking a tie were exhausted, it came down to a coin toss. The seeds are as follows: #1 Archbishop Carroll, #2 Bonner-Prendergast and #3 Cardinal O’Hara. Carroll and Prendie receive byes; O’Hara will face Archbishop Ryan and Archbishop Wood will take on St. Hubert’s in Quarterfinals of the PCL Tourney, this Friday. Lansdale Catholic will advance to the District 12 single A tournament. The Public League is led by Central High School with a record of 9-2 overall and 9-0 in the league.
The Friends League completed conference play last week and will begin its League Championship next week. Morrestown Friends (NJ) leads the pack followed by Phila-area, Academy of the New Church. InterAc teams will wrap up their regular season this week. The Academy of Notre Dame stands at #1 in the InterAc with a record of 12-2-1 (9-0 in the league) with 3 games remaining. Next stop: the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) State Tournament on November 4, comprised of top teams from the Friends, InterAc and MAPL Leagues.
Philafieldhockey.com will continue to feature the Game of the Week, selected by fans via an online twitter and facebook poll. The next poll will post Wednesday night, after the District One games.
photo l t r: Villa Maria’s Lindsay Dickinson, Unionville’s Maddie McDonough, and Dock’s Jill Bolton Click on the photo to enlarge.