USA Field Hockey player, Maria Elena Bolles Visits Villa Maria Academy MS Practice
Maria Elena Bolles, a Villa Maria Academy alumna, has a very impressive field hockey resume: she is USA Field Hockey team member, an NCAA Division I National Champion while at University of Connecticut and the 2013 recipient of the Honda Sports Award presented to the top female athlete among all collegiate athletes. You can only imagine how excited the Villa Maria MS teams were to have their decorated alumna return to campus to help coach at practice. Bolles assisted the JV squad with corners and gave the varsity team tips on effectively shooting for corners and perfecting aerials.
“Maria Elena then met with JV and varsity for a question and answer session. She answered questions about high school and her experience with the legendary, retired Villa Maria Coach Maurene Polley, her college experience at UCONN winning a prestigious National Championship, what it takes to be a captain and a great teammate, and her experiences with the USA National Team,” said Joe Botta, Villa Maria MS Coach. “The girls were thrilled to have her and asked some great questions. Maria Elena then signed autographs, took pictures, and gave all the girls good luck scrunchies; she said it always brought her good luck. It was such a pleasure to host her. This was a great experience for the girls!”
Hockey For the House MS Tournament at Germantown Academy
Jackie Connard, Tournament Director and Germantown Academy Varsity Coach: “Hockey for the House was a great success again this (11th) year. We raised a total of $3,272.00 for the Ronald McDonald House.”
Participating teams included: Agnes Irwin School, Ancillae Assumpta Academy, Brandywine Youth Club, Colonial Field Hockey Club, Germantown Academy, Methacton MS, Norwood Fontbonne Academy, Philly Hockey Club, Premiere Sports Academy 3T, and St. Luke’s.
“The competition was great and the championship ended with a sudden victory shoot-out between Philly Hockey Club and Brandywine Youth Club,” continued Connard. Philly Hockey Club won after a sudden-victory shoot out.
“Great sportsmanship by both teams as it ended with one big team hug and an even bigger goalie hug where the goalies were so sympathetic, win or lose, with how stressful the double shootout overtime was,” noted Kim Easter, BYC Coach.
The Charles Boehm Middle School (Pennsbury School District) kicked off their season on Oct. 5 with a home game against neighboring school, Pennwood MS. Traci Curtis, Head Field Hockey Coach, shared the following: “Returning players started off the game and set the tone for success, scoring the first goal off a shot, cleaning up a rebound, and finishing. Pennwood tied it up 1-1 and then went ahead 2-1. Boehm answered with another great teamwork goal to make it 2-2. Pennwood continued attacking and scored another in the second half to bring the score to 3-2. Toward the end of the second half, Boehm was awarded a penalty stroke after a rough play and 8th grader, Kylie Aquaro, fired the stroke passed the goalkeeper to tie the game 3-3. Both teams held strong on defense and the game ended in a tie. It was a great game by both teams. With a roster of 32 seventh and eighth graders, substituting the Charles Boehm players was a huge part of the game strategy. All players, including three goalies, had a chance to get in the game, allowing them to shake the nerves of a season opener and gain the experience needed to become a more seasoned field hockey player. The girls topped off the day with a pasta party to celebrate themselves and spend time uniting off the field. GO FALCONS!”
Garnet Valley Middle School 8th grade field hockey team coached by Kim Easter won their 1st away game against Ridley, 6-1 and won their 1st home game against Strath Haven, 3-0. The 7th grade squad, coached by Jen Purvis, tied their 1st away game against Ridley 0-0, and won their 1st home game against Strath Haven 3-0.
Saint Helena’s vs. Saint Eleanor’s
Saint Eleanor Coach, Jenn DiMascio: “Saint Eleanor traveled from Collegeville to Blue Bell determined to walk away with their first win. They put up a great fight with numerous saves from their goalie, making it challenging for the Saint Helena’s team to score. The majority of the game was played on St. Eleanor’s defensive side but with 5 minutes left, Saint Helena’s midfielder, Megan Maransky, eventually popped one in with an assist from Lily Stack. Defenders, Sophia Ferrero and Caroline Caputo did an amazing job for Saint Helena’s, keeping the ball out of the backfield, and helping Goalkeeper, Mia Bones, to not see much action.”
Dock Mennonite Academy’s middle school field hockey team opened their season last week. The team ended the week with a 1-1 record. Coach Cheryl Ryder noted: “Our game against Penn South was a back and forth battle with Kylie Godshall scoring a goal in the second half of a pass from Helen Godshall. The young team started out playing with a little hesitation but as the game went on they improved and worked well together. Thursday we played a strong Milford team. First year player and goal keeper Casey Harper played well in the goal recording 8 saves. Our defense stepped up and was able to help the goalkeeper. Our second half of play was strong and we continue to improve as a team.”
Villa Maria Middle School Tournament
Villa Maria MS shut-out the competition at the tournament, topping St. Pat’s 2-0, SCJN 1-0 and St. Agnes 3-0. The wins were the three more in the team’s 9-game shout-out streak. “It was a great day with great competition for the girls. All the girls improved with every game and worked as a team. They played for each other and executed many things they have been working on so far this season! I am very proud of what they accomplished yesterday and look forward to the rest of the season,” Villa Coach Jess shared.
Villa Maria MS 4, Notre Dame MS 1
Villa Maria won there 2nd GCAL game going 2-0 in the GCAL and 7-1 overall. Villa got off to a 4-1 halftime lead with 4 goals from Annie Shaw. Villa MS Coach noted: “We don’t really promote the goal scorers, because all the passing and ball movement is just as important. We really focus on playing as team, and playing as one. This was a great win team win for us today.”
Notre Dame Coach Patty Enright added: “Peyton Williamson scored our goal. Madison Frank and Paige Riley had strong games on defense.”
Middle School coaches may submit information and photos to Kathleen@Philafieldhockey.com. All news will be included in next week’s write-up.
Additional photos (top to bottom): Garnet Valley MS 7th grade team; BYA at Hockey for the House Tournament; BYA and PHC goalkeeper hug after the sudden-victory shoot-out
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