21 Mechanicsburg student-athletes made their college choices official on Wednesday, February 13 during the annual Signing Day. See below for the complete list. Congratulations!
|Last Name||First Name||Sport||School|
|Luker||Karli||Soccer||Penn State Berks|
Article by Jeffrey Kauffman, The Sentinel
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The District 3 field hockey tournament is approaching and with it, all teams are fighting for one of those elusive top 20 power ranking spots to guarantee themselves a berth in the tournament. Mechanicsburg and Cedar Cliff are two of those teams trying to get into that 20 and wins on the field are the key.
Saturday afternoon, the Colts got a first half goal from Olivia Evans and then relied on their goalkeeper and defense to keep that one goal lead and grab a 1-0 victory at Highland Elementary School.
Goalkeeper Maura Jacobs has started since she was a freshman and is now a very experienced sophomore. She was in the right position all day to maintain the shutout. That is not to say Mechanicsburg didn’t have some chances because they controlled the second half and kept the pressure on the Colt defense. Jacobs had four saves in the final half — two on rips by Anne Morefield and one where she just flat out robbed Abby Martin in the crease.
Mechanicsburg (4-7 Keystone, 7-8-1 overall) had an opportunity early but the tip by Martin on a cross from Hannah Brown was just outside the post.
Cedar Cliff (7-5 Commonwealth, 8-7-1 overall) took the lead with 10:13 left in the opening half on a corner play. Ashton Boal fed the ball in and Olivia Evans finally got a whack at it and sent it past Wildcats keeper Anne Becker for the only goal of the game.
“There was chance to clear the ball and we didn’t and they scored,” Wildcats coach Kari Bianchi said. “We had plenty of chances but we just couldn’t put the ball in the net. That has been a problem for us all year. We have had the chances but can’t get that tip on the back post. Jacobs is a very good goalie and she made the stops when she needed to. That was the difference in the game. We made a couple of changes at the half and did a better job of controlling the ball and dominating the second half but we couldn’t get that goal. “
The Colt defense was under siege in the final 30 minutes but continued to come up with that key stop before Jacobs had to get the ball. Molly Vouse, Johna Cook, Boal and freshman Demi Kennedy worked hard to get sticks on the Wildcats’ crosses and long through balls and send them back up the field or outside.
Haley Van Nostrand and Brielle Glumac worked hard to get the ball up the wings and back across to the middle. Hannah Brown and Martin were strong in keeping the ball in the middle and earning penalty corners, but the Wildcats couldn’t convert on any. Morefield had two clean rips from the top of the box that Jacobs saw the whole way and kicked them out of danger.
The Wildcat defense of the Morefield sisters — Anne and Susan — Rachel Calcara, Kourtney Landis and Morgan Vasiliu were solid after that first 30 minutes. They had to check the speed and stick work Evans and Aliyah Graves-Brown, the Harrisburg Academy player, who is playing for the Colts on the co-op agreement.
“This was great game to watch,” Colts coach Justin Weaver said. “We were able to get that goal but then we didn’t do the things we wanted to do. We talked after the game about the things we need to do better on defense. They really just went up and down the field on us. Maura came up big several times. We are young and this sophomore class really wants to do well. We started six sophomores and one freshman today. Maybe today was growing pains but there are some things we need to fix. We need to get into the tournament and then we can see what we can do. We got to get in first and we need to win games.”
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The battle for the Mid-Penn Keystone Division field hockey title usually runs through Hershey, Palmyra, or Lower Dauphin.
So the real common battle is to try to catch one of the three for third place, or grab the fourth spot and hope the power ratings garner you a spot in the District 3 playoffs.
Monday night at Memorial Park, Susquehanna Township scored early and often in the first half to take a solid 4-1 victory over Mechanicsburg Wildcats, the team it is challenging for the fourth spot in the division.
Mechanicsburg (7-6, 4-5 Keystone) dropped a 2-0 decision to the Indians on Sept. 11, so the hope was for a bit of revenge for that loss. Unfortunately, the Wildcats struggled from the start and fell behind by three goals in the first half to the speedy Indians (8-5-1, 4-4-1 Keystone).
Susquehanna Township, which tied Hershey and lost an overtime contest to Lower Dauphin, controlled the first half with five penalty corners and scored three goals. The Indians also had two other shots that were kicked out by Wildcat keeper Anne Becker.
Shaleah Hunt tallied the first two goals on crosses from Maggie Reddecliff, an Ohio State commit. Reddecliff anchored the center of the field for the Indians, but had plenty of support behind her in Lydia Humphries, Allison Hartman, and Jordan Caruso.
“We played very well tonight,” Indians coach Jessica Reitzel said. “We have some seniors and a lot of younger players who are starting to believe. They play together on club teams and they just keep getting better.
“We have some speed and my job is to get those players with speed some better stickwork. Maggie Reddecliff is a solid player who can control a game. She did a nice job on corners.”
Mechanicsburg got solid efforts from center back Annie Moorefield, Rachel Calcara, Morgan Vasiliu and Becker. MacKenzie Glumac scored the Wildcat goal, assisted by Susan Morefield.
Reddecliff completed her day with the final goal assisted by Anne Demmy. Reddecliff scored one goal and added three assists, while Hunt added two goals.
“We have been trying to get a better start and we have stressed that all year,” Wildcats coach Kari Bianchi said. “The first goal often sets the tone in games and we gave up that first goal tonight and the second goal. We were down 3-0 and scored right after the half but turned around and gave up another goal. We didn’t hang our heads like we could have done but they are a good team and we needed to play better on defense.”
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Palmyra scored two goals in the opening half to lead the Cougars to a 3-1 victory over Mechanicsburg under the lights at John H. Frederick Field in Memorial Park Wednesday night.
Mary Albus scored off a scramble in front of the net early in the opening half to give the visitors an early advantage. The Cougars had several chances earlier, but key defensive plays by Susan Morefield and Morgan Vasiliu kept the game scoreless.
The difference in the first half was Palmyra’s ability to string passes together to get the ball into the offensive zone. The Wildcats relied on Mackenzie Glumac to dribble through the Palmyra defense to get the ball into the offensive end.
When the Wildcats started to move the ball around to the other players, they started to get the ball forward easier and they were more effective on the offensive end. Palmyra keeper Nicole Berger made two stops to keep her team in front.
Palmyra (5-1, 3-1 Keystone) extended its lead to two goals at the 12:41 mark as Megan Miller knocked home a Katie Dembrowski cross.
“This was a good win for us,” Palmyra coach Kristi Costello said. “We need to clean up our game a bit. Our midfield is strong and most of our game goes through them. Our strength is our mid fielders — Katie Dembrowski, Megan Miller, and Kendall Kreider on the right. They controlled a lot of the game both defensively and offensively.”
Mechanicsburg (2-2, 2-2 Keystone) tallied a goal to cut the margin in half as Glumac knocked home a Emily Cody shot. Glumac took the first shot that was blocked by Berger and Cody rapped at it and Glumac was able to finish off the third shot.
“I was very pleased with our game today,” Wildcat coach Kari Bianchi said. “We scored on them and that was a goal of mine. We are getting better and we are starting to pass the ball and play well as a team. It will be nice to get senior defender Annie Morefield back out there again next week. She does make a difference.”
While Mechanicsburg battled to try to get that equalizer, the Palmyra squad fended them off and finally added to its lead on a Katie Dembrowski
rip from just inside the circle at the 13:20 mark of the second half.
The second half was played more in the Wildcats’ offensive end, but they couldn’t get that goal.
Haley VanNostrand, Rachel Calcara and Abby Martin played well for the ‘Cats while Anne Becker played well in the net.
“We played Lower Dauphin this week and we have homecoming this weekend so this has been a busy week for us,” Costello said.
“We are fairly young and fast and we competed with Palmyra tonight,” Bianchi added. “We have a good group of seniors leading this team and the girls are playing well together.”
Mechanicsburg hosts Camp Hill Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
Congratulations to the following seniors who made their college choices official on Wednesday, February 1:
2012 National Letter of Intent Signees
|Bryton Barr||Towson University||Football|
|Rustin Barrick||Bucknell University||Wrestling|
|Katelyn Bohn||University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown||Soccer|
|Holly Burgard||Messiah College||Soccer|
|Hayley Cowoski||Messiah College||Volleyball|
|Hannah Jones||Liberty University||Field Hockey|
|Shelby Koch||Bloomsburg University||Soccer|
|Nick Neverman||Lycoming College||Soccer|
|Josh Thomson||Messiah College||Wrestling|
|Jaimie Wharton||Millersville University||Golf|
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Don’t look now.
But despite being mired in the shadow of the field hockey powers that headline the Mid-Penn’s Keystone Division, the Mechanicsburg field hockey team is quietly putting together one of its most successful seasons in recent years.
The Wildcats were one of four teams at Boiling Springs Saturday afternoon for the annual Bubbler Tournament.
After a coolly efficient 3-0 win over Carlisle in the morning, Mechanicsburg faced the hosts, Boiling Springs, for the championship. The Bubblers earned a berth in the title game by beating Northern 3-1 in the first round.
But from the 22nd minute, when Mechanicsburg back, Hannah Jones, smacked a slapshot past Bubblers’ goalkeeper Delaney Gitt with a resounding thwack, it looked like this would be Mechanicsburg’s afternoon.
Mechanicsburg played smooth, confident hockey that even garnered kudos from Bubblers’ coach Sam Moses.
“Mechanicsburg just cut to the ball so well, and they were very fast,” Moses said. “They were swarming the ball, and I thought they distributed very well.”
Mackenzie Glumac scored a second goal for the Wildcats in the second half, and the visiting team would have gone up 3-0 late in the game if Gitt hadn’t made a brilliant penalty stroke save against Annie Morefield.
But the Bubblers lost, 2-0, and an elated Mechanicsburg team got to hoist the tournament trophy.
It was quite the emphatic way to end what’s been a terrific week for the Wildcats, who lost by a slim 2-1 margin to undefeated Hershey earlier this week, before edging Susquehanna Twp. 4-3 on Thursday.
“I was proud of them that night,” Mechanicsburg coach Kari Bianchi said, referring to the way her team battled Hershey on Tuesday. “We hung in there and gave them a run for their money and dominated that game too. We just came out ready to go and didn’t want to get pushed around on our own field. We’ve come a long way.”
As a result, after the opening month of play, the Wildcats are 4-5-0 and have almost equaled their win total from 2010, when they finished 5-12-1 overall.
Mechanicsburg’s strong start to the season is even more significant because it comes only two years after a frustrating 1-win season in 2009.
After that, 2010 was all about rebuilding. This year, things are finally looking up.
Bianchi says the biggest change is her team’s heightened level of commitment.
“The girls are listening better and doing what we ask them to do,” Bianchi said. “And we’ve been working on getting motivated and pumped up for games.
“A lot of it comes down to cutting to the ball and making smart passes and good decision making.”
It also helps that the team has grown up together.
Key players such as Jones, Morgan Butz and Angelica Montresor are now seniors, while juniors Morefield and Mackenzie Glumac have also proved to be dependable starters, and sophomore Hannah Brown has become quite the force on the front line.
“Today’s been the best we’ve played in a while,” Bianchi said. “It’s been a while since we’ve had multiple goals in games, and we scored I think [five] goals today.
“For us, that’s huge – hitting the backboards and being able to finish things. That’s a huge difference from past seasons, and the girls like that I don’t get grey hairs and heart attacks on the sideline.”
Winning the Bubbler Tournament was a nice cap to the best week in recent history for the Wildcats’ hockey team, and it’s a testament to how far the Wildcats have come from last year, when they finished third amongst the same four teams – Carlisle, Boiling Springs and Northern.
“We’ve been in and out. We come ready to go or we don’t come at all, and we definitely came ready to go today,” Bianchi said.
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The major winner thus far in the local field hockey season has been the weather.
But on Friday, Mechanicsburg and Cumberland Valley took to the turf at John H. Frederick Field at Memorial Park in Mechanicsburg, and the Eagles used three second-half goals to knock off the Wildcats 5-2 in Mechanicsburg’s opening game.
Mechanicsburg came out aggressively in the opening minutes and fired off two shots. Eagle goalkeeper Taylor Webster got a foot on the first shot, but sophomore Hannah Brown was right on the rebound and slapped it past Webster for an early 1-0 lead for the Wildcats.
“It was slow start for us,” CV coach Susan Gibson said. “They came out aggressive and we didn’t, and they got a goal.”
Mechanicsburg (0-1) played well in the first 15 minutes as they passed the ball around and utilized the speed of Morgan Butz and Mackenzie Glumac. They kept the ball in the offensive end, but couldn’t tack on a second early goal.
The Eagles switched formations and started to push the ball up the outside part of the field to their talented forwards, including Jenna Mengle and EmilyAnn Breakey. The Eagles earned four penalty corners in one offensive rush and finally broke through on the final corner. Rebecca Friends knocked in a loose ball that was sent toward the goal by Emma Way to tie the game at one.
Way tallied the second Eagle goal less than five minutes later when she tapped in a rebound off a shot by Breakey. Wildcat keeper Brianna Still got her pads on the initial shot by Breakey, but there was no defender behind Still to stop the rebound shot.
Mechanicsburg tied the contest just prior to the end of the half as Morgan Butz tipped a shot by Megan Leister into the cage to tie the game at two.
Cumberland Valley (2-0) came out with much more intensity in the second half and earned three corners in the first four minutes. Although they didn’t score, they forced the Wildcat defense onto their heels. Ellie Hempt bombed a shot from the edge of the circle that found the back of the net, but was disallowed by an official as she was ruled to be outside of the circle.
It made little difference as the Eagles got another tipped shot by Rhoades to take a 3-2 lead six minutes into the second half.
Midway through the second, Caitlin Rhoades added another tally on an assist from Sarah Singer.
The final Eagle goal was by freshman Maddie Sauve – the beginning of next generation of Sauve success on the athletic fields.
The Wildcats had a couple of opportunities, but the Eagle defense stood tall and stifled the Wildcats’ offense. The Eagle defense was led by Kristina Scherrer and assisted by Jenna Magee, Rachel Martinelli, Friends and E. Way.
Morgan Vasiliu, Annie Morefield, and Hannah Jones played well and knocked crossing passes out of danger on defense for the Wildcats.
“I was very proud of the efforts of the girls today,” Wildcats coach Kari Bianchi said. “We talked about coming out strong and we did that and got an early goal. We had some defensive breakdowns, but those are things that we can correct in practice. I would have liked to start our season against someone other than Cumberland Valley, but I was pleased with our effort today for our first game. Hannah Jones and Morgan Butz have provided good leadership and played well today. We have some young players and that leadership is crucial for younger players.”
“Our seniors have been positive leaders, including Breakey, Friends, and Mengle, and they have been directing our youngsters this year,” Gibson said. ” Our seniors in the front (Mengle and Breakey) and the back (Kristina Scherrer and goalkeeper Webster) have run the show and told the others where to be and how to play. Our youngsters have a lot to learn but they have shown awareness and great natural instinct.”
Mechanicsburg travels to Camp Hill for a 4 p.m. start Monday while the Eagles travel to Chambersburg for a 7 p.m. start on Wednesday.
EAGLES 5 WILDCATS 2
Cumberland Valley 2 3 -5
Mechanicsburg 2 0 -2
M- Hannah Brown, 2:16
CV- Rebecca Friends, assist Emma Way, 13:35
CV- Emma Way, assist EmilyAnn Breakey, 18:33
M- Morgan Butz, assist Megan Leister, 29:00
CV- Caitlin Rhoades, 36:18
CV- Rhoades, assist Sarah Singer, 46:37
CV- Maddie Sauve, 58:42
Corners: CV- 7; M- 2
Shots: CV- 11; M-5
Saves: CV- 3(Taylor Webster 3); M- 6(Brianna Still 6)
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