Trenton Times field hockey notebook: Princeton forges ahead, Ravens and Irish follow

Don’t glance now however Princeton has begun to drag away because the workforce to overcome within the Colonial Valley Conference this season. The Little Tigers stepped forward to 4-0 at the season with a trio of wins closing week, defeating Allentown closing Wednesday 4-0, West Windsor-Plainsboro North on Friday 8-1 and Ewing on Monday 6-0.

While Princeton hasn’t but produced the type of common season that it did closing yr, when it gained its first 13 video games and recorded shutouts in its first 10, it’s only about on course. The Little Tiger protection appears to be each and every bit as tricky because the 2021 model, permitting just a unmarried purpose up to now this season when WW-P North scored within the fourth quarter of Friday’s motion.

With the rapid Sophie Gono and Gianna DiGioacchino main the defensive effort, the Princeton protection has been so efficient that goalie Annie Callahan has had to make just one save within the 4 video games up to now q4. Meanwhile, the Little Tigers had been enjoying a close to seamless transition, offering them with a lightning fast and bad offense that includes midfielder Delaney Keegan, Erin Liggio, who is without doubt one of the space’s best purpose scorers, with 9, and the workforce’s 2nd main scorer Hannah Christopher (6g.).

Princeton simply treated a tender however very athletic Allentown squad closing Wednesday, scoring a purpose in every of the 4 quarters to log a 4-0 win. They then aired it out two days later, launching 22 photographs on purpose in an 8-1 win at house over the Northern Knights. The Little Tigers wrapped up their 3-0 week with the win over Ewing on Monday.

In spite of shedding some key body of workers because of commencement closing spring, it kind of feels that trainer Heather Serverson’s fees have hit the bottom operating and have gelled into the type of cohesive unit up and down the field that typically takes for much longer to broaden.

“I’m really, really happy with the way we are connecting so far,” Keegan mentioned of the best way Princeton has been enjoying over the season’s opening weeks. “I think we picked that up very quickly, coming from a loss of a lot of our players last year and a loss out of our starting lineup. We’ve got some new players coming up, which is really good, and I think we’ve started to realize that it’s more effective to pass and work together as a team.”

As a Trenton instances All-Area Team variety as only a sophomore closing fall, Keegan returns to the Princeton lineup as one among its leaders and is able to tackle that function.

“I think I’m ready to step up,” she mentioned. “I think I’m ready to help the team out, just be a team player.”

Keegan has gotten it performed at the field up to now, scoring 3 targets and including 4 assists in 4 video games. Combined with Liggio, Hannah Christopher, Mia Ramirez (4g.) and Reva Doshi (3a.), Keegan is engineering the offense from the midfield.

“Not only is she great offensively, but she really helps us in the midfield,” Serverson mentioned of Keegan. “She prevents the ball from getting back to our defense a lot of times. And then she does a great job distributing. She’s great on both ends. She’s great everywhere on the field. We’ll try her in goalie next.”

According to Serverson, for the Little Tigers it’s all about connecting because the workforce’s ahead line and midfield can merge and paintings seamlessly.

“We’re working on that now,” Serverson mentioned after the win over Allentown. “Because we have two center mids, technically, so we’re trying to work with that a little bit more. They’re not used to playing with each other quite yet. Then hopefully, once we can get people interchanging, we’ll get some more opportunities through the other team’s defense.”

Ravens, Irish, ‘Hounds and Flashes make their move

While Princeton was blowing through an unbeaten week, so too were four other teams, two of which are hot on the heels of the Little Tigers. Both Robbinsville and Notre Dame were unbeaten last week with Robbinsville going 3-0 to remain unbeaten and increase its season mark to 5-0. The Ravens scored a 2-1 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro South, a 6-0 victory against Steinert and finished up with a 2-1 win over Allentown.

Notre Dame shook off its opening day, 2-1 overtime loss to the Ravens to win two games this past week. The Irish made short work of Hamilton 8-0 before scoring an impressive 5-1 win on the road against Allentown.

In the win over the Redbirds, Notre Dame got balanced scoring as Ellie Marrone scored a pair of goals while Elizabeth Podell, Clementine Bowden and Kalyn Roscia scored one each. Bowden and Naomi Kahney had assists in the win. Bowden exploded for four goals in the win over Hamilton while Isabella Kozar scored two goals and Podell and Marrone had one each. Rosica had four assists in the win.

Though Robbinsville has yet to lose, the Ravens have had to squeak out some of their five wins. After managing to sneak past the Irish in overtime on opening day, Robbinsville had its hands full with young but talented Allentown and had to come from behind to defeat WW-P South by a single goal.

Two second quarter goals by Jordyn Pepper, the area’s main purpose scorer, had been the variation within the win over the Redbirds. It used to be every other large week for Pepper, who scored one of the vital two targets within the win over the Pirates and had two targets and an help within the win over Steinert. She raised her space main purpose overall for the season to 11.

Sarah Klinger equipped the opposite purpose within the win over South as Katie Ziliani and Anika Singh assisted at the two rankings. Against Steinert, Hannah Tyler, Corrine Ferone, Singh and Abby Moir all scored one purpose. Pepper, Sarina Khan, Julia Meddahi and Tyler had assists.

Just how just right is Robbinsville? That query must be spoke back this week. After taking over WW-P North on Wednesday, the Ravens will likely be examined at Princeton on Friday and will then host a lot stepped forward Hun, a 4-0 winner over Hopewell Valley closing week.

Like Robbinsville, Northern Burlington and Florence additionally racked up 3 wins with out a loss closing week. After shedding 3-2 in additional time to Florence within the season’s opening week, the ‘Hounds bounced back with four straight wins, including wins last week against Holy Cross 7-1, Cinnaminson 2-1 and Moorestown Friends 5-1.

Northern got goals from its top two scorers, Ariel Sprague and Rylee Boston to get past Cinnaminson, while Sprague scored three and Boston, two, in the win over Holy Cross. Also scoring goals against the Lancers were Riley Pieloch and Macy McGarigle. Pieloch added two assists while Sprague had one.

In the win over Moorestown Friends, Boston went on a three goal scoring rampage in the third quarter to propel the ‘Hounds to a win. Boston finished with four goals overall in the game as well as an assist while Sprague scored a goal. Kyla Hoffman and Pieloch also contributed assists.

Florence lost its season opener to Delran but has been on a tear ever since. After posting three wins last week, the Flashes are now 5-1 and looking forward to a rematch with Northern Burlington this coming Tuesday in Columbus.

Last week Florence upended Bordentown 6-1, Holy Cross 6-0 and Burlington Township 3-1. After falling behind 1-0 against Burlington Township, the Flashes got three goals from their top scorer, Katie Studzinski, to get the win. Studzinski also had a big day against the Lancers as she scored four goals in the shutout victory. Codie Sciacca Martin and Kierra Rivera added solos goals in the win. Julia Jimenez had two assists.

In the victory over Bordentown, the Flashes outshot the Scotties 31-6 as Sciacca Martin and Brenna Boss each had two goals. Jimenez and Ava Todash added single goals, while Jimenez and Boss each had an assist.

Stuart and PDS were at it again, Hun wins two

When Yogi Berra said it was “deja vu all over again,” he could just as easily have been referring to last week’s struggle between Stuart and Princeton Day School. Last yr, in what could have been probably the most aggressive Mercer County Tournament ever, Coach Missy Bruvik and her Tartans had been bounced from the quarterfinals of the MCT via a unmarried purpose when Princeton Day’s Jordyn Huff scored off a nook after time had expired.

In the a lot expected rematch, it used to be Huff who led the Panthers to victory once more, this time via scoring a purpose in additional time for a 1-0 PDS win.

These two groups want to simply move the road to stand every different and their contention is as one would possibly be expecting. For the Tartans, it used to be their first lack of the season after wins over Somerville 2-1, Pennsylvania’s George School 2-0 and South Brunswick 6-0.

While she didn’t rating within the additional time loss to Princeton Day, Stuart has been led all yr via senior Lily Harlan, who has six targets and 5 assists over the primary 4 video games.

For Princeton Day, the win used to be the primary of the season because the Panthers were given off to an 0-3 get started after attaining the general of the MCT closing fall. PDS misplaced to Somerville 3-2, Hillsborough 8-0 and Germantown Academy of Pennsylvania 7-3.

While Princeton Day will likely be taking over every other native problem this week via webhosting Hun on Thursday, Stuart will play in opposition to two of the easier small public colleges within the segment this week, webhosting Delaware Valley on Saturday and touring to South Hunterdon on Monday.

Hun remained unbeaten, elevating its document to 3-0 with wins over Hopewell Valley 4-0 and Academy New Church 2-0. A 3 purpose first quarter fueled the win over the Bulldogs as Mia Chiodo, Ana Dios and Phoebe Thielmann all scored targets within the opening length whilst Abby O’Brien added a last purpose within the fourth quarter, assisted via Alexa Cavalli. In the win over New Church on Monday, Ava Olender and Chiodo scored targets, assisted via Logan Frith and Thielmann.

The Raiders will likely be critically examined within the coming week as they face native prep rival Princeton Day on Thursday, Mid-Atlantic Prep League opponent Mercersburg on Saturday and unbeaten CVC foe Robbinsville on Tuesday.

A glance forward

Thursday, Sept. 22: Hun at Princeton Day, 4:15 p.m. The Raiders’ program is at the upswing however they are going to face an actual take a look at in opposition to the Panthers, contemporary off their victory over Stuart closing week.

Friday, Sept. 23: Robbinsville at Princeton, 4 p.m. The unbeaten Ravens will go back and forth to unbeaten Princeton in one of the vital key matchup within the Colonial Valley Conference up to now this season.

Tuesday, Sept 27: Florence at Northern Burlington, 3:45 p.m. After defeating the ‘Hounds in overtime 3-2 at home in the season’s opening week, the Flashes will go back and forth to Columbus as Northern seeks to avenge its simplest defeat up to now q4.

Player of the Week

Northern Burlington’s Rylee Boston entered the season as the realm’s best returning purpose scorer from 2021, when she put the ball within the cage 22 instances. It used to be an excellent feat, however Boston appears to be on tempo to exceed closing fall’s accomplishments.

So a long way in 2022, Boston has scored 10 targets in six video games, main the ‘Hounds to a 5-1 record, including three victories last week. In her biggest game so far this season, she scored four goals, including three in a 3-0 third quarter, to bring her squad back from a 1-0 deficit and defeat Moorestown Friends 5-1.

Boston also scored a pair of goals in Northern’s 7-1 win over Holy Cross closing Wednesday and scored one of the vital two targets in a 2-1 win over Cinnaminson on Friday. In all, she scored seven targets and an help closing week, just right for 15 issues scoring.

Boston’s 10 targets makes her the second one easiest purpose scorer within the Trenton Times space, only one purpose shy of chief Jordyn Pepper of Robbinsville, who has 11.

Trenton Times Great Eight

1. Lawrenceville (0-3)

2. Princeton (4-0)

3. Robbinsville (5-0)

4. Notre Dame (2-1)

5. Princeton Day (1-4)

6. Stuart (3-1)

7. WW-P South (4-1)

8. Hun (3-0)

Times Area Goal Leaders

1. Jordyn Pepper (Robbinsville) 11

2. Rylee Boston (Northern Burlington) 10

3. Julia Dorfman (WW-P South) 9

3. Erin Liggio (Princeton) 9

3. Ariel Sprague (Northern Burlington) 9

3. Katie Studzinski (Florence) 9

Times Area Assist Leaders

1. Lily Harlan (Stuart) 5

1. Riley Pieloch (Northern Burlington) 5

3. Sierra Chow (Hopewell Valley) 4

3. Olivia Duguay (WW-P South) 4

3. Kalyn Roscia (Notre Dame) 4

3. Anika Singh (Robbinsville) 4

3. Hannah Tyler (Robbinsville) 4

Times Area Save Leaders

1. Kylie Elefante (Allentown) 50

2. Olivia Brovak (Hopewell Valley) 41

3. Mackenzie Peterson (Hightstown) 39

4. Jen Lopez Velasquez (Hopewell Valley) 36

5. Kayla Weise (Bordentown) 35

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