Congratulations to MAX Field Hockey’s
Week #3 High School Regional Award Winners!
NEW ENGLAND REGION
TEAM OF THE WEEK: SOUTH BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
South Burlington, Vermont
Head Coach: Anjie Soucy
South Burlington has established themselves as the team to beat again in the state of Vermont. The defending Division I State Champions are off to a perfect 4-0 start. Last week, Anjie Soucy’s squad beat then undefeated Essex High School 3-1 to claim sole possession of the #1 spot in the VPA Division I standings and to remain the only Division I undefeated team. Emma Liebegott led the Rebels with two goals in the victory and Joan Vera added a goal and assist.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: KYLIE NELSON
Belfast Area High School (Belfast, Maine)
Senior – Forward
Kylie Nelson had a banner week for Belfast Area. The senior Bryant University commit started out the week contributing 3 goals and 2 assists in the Lion’s 11-1 victory over Marnacook. She then led her squad on the road to a 2-1 victory over Class C North leader Maine Central Institute, scoring both of Belfast’s goals to secure the win in double overtime. Nelson is now the all-time leading scorer in school history with 77 goals, surpassing the former record holder Maddie Cumming’s (now playing at UMaine) record of 49. Belfast Area is now 8-0 on the season and tied for 1st place in the Class B North with Gardiner Area and Foxcroft Academy.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: WHITNEY POINT HIGH SCHOOL
Whitney Point, New York
Head Coach: Nicole Huston
The 2-time New York Class C defending State Champions Whitney Point have quickly established themselves as not only the top team in Section 4 across all classes this season, but one of the top teams in the state. The Golden Eagles got two more big Section 4 victories last week, a 2-0 win over Vestal on Tuesday and a 4-1 win over Greene on Thursday. The #9 ranked Northeast Region squad already beat the defending Class A sectional champs Maine-Endwell this season and are looking to be untouchable off to a perfect 7-0 start. Nicole Huston’s squad is led by lots of young talent, including junior UAlbany commit Elaina Burchell and sophomore Leanne Bough.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MEGHANN MAGUIRE
North Kingstown High School (North Kingstown, Rhode Island)
Senior – Midfield
Last year’s Division I Tournament MVP Meghann Maguire has picked up right where she left off last Fall, leading her North Kingstown squad in the midfield and to the top spot in the Rhode Island Division I standings. The senior Fairfield University commit started off the week scoring an unassisted goal with just over 10 minutes remaining to play to secure a 1-1 tie with East Greenwich. She then led the offense on Thursday with 2 goals and an assist in the Skippers 5-goal second half scoring rush to earn the 5-0 victory over Cumberland. In yesterday’s rematch of last year’s Division I State Championship game and a meeting of two of the top teams in the state and the last unbeaten Division I teams, Maguire helped lead North Kingstown to a 4-2 victory, contributing a goal and an assist. The Skippers improve to 6-0-2 and are the last remaining undefeated team in Division I.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: GREENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Head Coach: Kent Houser
Greenwood added four more victories last week to improve their impressive start to 10-0. Their victories included a 1-0 win over Line Mountain on Tuesday, a 5-2 win over Newport on Thursday, and two wins on a Saturday- 2-1 over Mechanicsburg and 3-2 over Boiling Springs. What makes the Wildcats performance even more impressive is the fact that they are one of the smallest schools in the state to have a field hockey program. Despite graduating the 2015 Tri-Valley League MVP Kelsey Keener (now playing at Michigan State) and the 2014 Tri-Valley League MVP Mallory Fortenbaugh (now playing at Liberty), Kent Houser’s squad is looking to be one of the top contenders for the A State title. Sophomore Paityn Wirth, who already reached 100 career points earlier this season, has been a force, contributing 19 goals and 9 assists to the Wildcats offense.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JENNA HERLIHY
Middle Township High School (Cape May Court House, NJ)
Senior – Forward
Middle Township’s Jenn Herlihy has been an offensive force so far this season, scoring multiple goals in every one of the Panthers games played (including 5 hat tricks). The senior forward had another big week last week, scoring two hat tricks and contributing 8 goals and 2 assists as Middle Township moves to a perfect 7-0 start entering conference play. Herlihy is now tied with Middletown North’s Hailee Hallard with a New Jersey state leading 19 goals.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: NOTRE DAME PREP SCHOOL
Head Coach: Katrina Ross
Notre Dame Prep continued their impressive play last week, following up a Week #2 4-2 victory over then #13 ranked Garrison Forest School with a 1-0 victory over the #22 Nationally ranked and defending IAAM A Conference Champions Archbishop Spalding High School. Olivia Kenny scored the game-winner with just 3:50 to play in the game on a corner. Gracie Haus was awarded the assist. The Blazers are now 6-1 with their only loss of the season coming in their first game of the season to Dulaney High School.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: EMILY DEIVERT
Fairfax High School (Fairfax, Virginia)
Senior – Forward
Fairfax High School in Northern Virginia made their entrance onto our Mid-Atlantic Region rankings last week at the #19 spot and Emily Deivert’s attacking presence has played a big role in that. The senior forward helped the Rebels secure their 9th, 10th, and 11th straight victories this past week, contributing 6 goals and 1 assist, to improve the squads start to a perfect 11-0. Deivert now leads all Washington Post assist leaders with 14 assists and is tied for 3rd in goals scored with 14.
*This week we decided to recognize 2 teams of the week, instead of a Team of the Week & Player of the Week!
TEAM OF THE WEEK: ASSUMPTION HIGH SCHOOL
Head Coach: Debbie Judd
Debbie Judd’s #15 nationally ranked Assumption team doesn’t shy away from the top competition in the Mid-West. The Rocket’s played in 6 games last week, including the annual Huskie Invitational at Oak Park & River Forest School in Illinois where they faced off against the #8, #12, and #19 ranked teams in the region. They ended up finishing the week 5-0-1, defeating in-state rivals #8 Sacred Heart 2-1 and #12 DuPont Manual 3-1, and tying unranked Ballard 0-0. They beat #19 Ann Arbor Huron from Michigan 5-1 and their other wins came against Huskie Invitational host Oak Park & River Forest by a score of 6-0 and New Trier (Illinois) by a score of 2-1. Junior Louisville commit Camryn Pichea was one of the top performers of the weekend. Her play in the midfield was a key factor on both attack and defense for the Rockets in capturing the Huskie Invitational Championship.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: CHERRY CREEK HIGH SCHOOL
Greenwood Village, Colorado
Head Coach: Alex Berman
It proved to be a crazy week for Colorado High School field hockey! On Saturday, #3 ranked Palmer Ridge upset the long-time #1 Colorado Academy 1-0 and handed the Mustangs their first loss in 78 games. Palmer Ridge moved to the #1 spot on Monday’s Colorado State Rankings, one spot ahead of Colorado Academy. Then on Monday afternoon, #5 ranked Cherry Creek handed Palmer Ridge a 2-0 loss. It was Cherry Creek’s third win in Week #3 and the victory over the new #1 earned Cherry Creek the recognition of West/MidWestTeam of the Week! Their other two victories of the week included an 8-0 win over Cheyenne Mountain on Wednesday and a 3-1 win on the road over Regis Jesuit on Saturday. The Bruins now move to 7-1 for the season with their lone loss coming to Colorado Academy (score: 3-0) in early September.
To nominate a team or player:
Go to the “High School” tab on the main menu bar and select “Weekly Awards.” Complete the simple online submission form by Monday mornings at 11am to have your players or teams considered.