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IMG_6257BY JEFF FALK

HUMMELSTOWN – It’s always a good idea to look before you leap, test the waters before you go for a swim, do a bit of scouting before you take the next step.

If the Elco field hockey program’s progress has been part of a process, then there’s only one place left for the Raiders to go.

On a unseasonable Wednesday evening at Lower Dauphin Middle School’s Courtney Pollock Field, one of the most successful Raider campaigns over the past two decades reached a climax, during a 2-1 loss to Boiling Springs, in the consolation bracket of the District Three Class A postseason tournament. Bubbler Allie Ball notched the decisive tally 2:49 into the second half, and Elco failed to come up with the equalizer the rest of the way, despite numerous penalty-corner-generated opportunities.

With the outcome, the Raiders concluded their amazing fall a couple of wins short of qualifying for the PIAA tournament. Along the way, fifth-seeded Elco compiled a 15-5-2 overall mark and captured its first Lancaster-Lebanon Three titles in 24 seasons.

IMG_6396Boiling Springs, the number-eight seed, upped its seasonal record to 14-7.

“Four years ago, when these seniors were freshmen, was the start of this march,” said Elco head coach Lisa Kercher. “When they were sophomores, they went to districts and lost big. When they were juniors, it was closer. It was little steps, but each year they met their goals. We didn’t think we’d be here now. We’re not disappointed. Every challenge, every goal, they’ve risen to. It’s going to be tough to lose them.

“It’s late in the season, we’re here at districts and we’re on the path to states,” Kercher continued. “That’s the next goal. That’s the next step. We saw it. It was in our grasp. Now it’s the expectation.”

Ball’s game-winner originated from an early-second half corner play. Elco goalie Sarah Shollenberger came up with an initial save, but from the middle of the circle, Ball was there to knock it home.

Teammate Paige Bond drew an assist on the goal.

Elco was awarded seven corners in the second half, but could muster only two shots from them.

IMG_6215“They weren’t on today,” said Kercher of her attackers, specifically. “We talked about it, ‘What do we have to do to make the corners work?’

“I feel like we were on and off, hot and cold,” continued Kercher. “We had some bursts. It was rough bouncing back from Saturday (a 7-0 quarterfinal loss to Newport). That was a brutal game.”

Down a goal and with time running out in the first half, senior Abby Keath netted the tying goal for Elco. Keath’s 13th goal of the season was unassisted and knotted the score at one, 4:43 before the break.

“Abby was trying to pass to Anya (Kissinger) and the ball bounced off the goalie’s pads and in,” said Kercher. “The goalie (Boiling Springs’ Carly Galbraith) came out on her and Anya was on the post.”

The Bubblers had broken out on top 10:25 into the contest, on an Emma Bond goal. Paige Bond also assisted on that tally.

“They had a really fast girl,” said Kercher of the Bubblers. “They had a lot of speed.”

On the final stat sheet, Boiling Springs enjoyed a 7-6 edge in shots, while each side took ten corners.

“We’re further than we ever thought we’d be,” said Kercher. “We didn’t expect to be playing on October 31st. Our goal was to win the section, get to the league playoffs and get to districts. We accomplished everything we set out to. Of course it’s disappointing. But I told them (her players) that it was an amazing season. The level of hockey in Lebanon County has risen, and we’re excited to be a part of that.”

 

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2018 Elco Field Hockey Results

Date Opponents Outcomes
9/05
6:00 pm
Octorara
at Elco
3
4
9/07
4:00 pm
Elco
at Lebanon
6
0
9/14
3:30 pm
Elco
at Pequea Valley
9
0
9/18
4:00 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon
3
2
9/19
4:00 pm
Elco
at Annville-Cleona
2
1
9/21
4:00 pm
Lancaster Country Day
at Elco
1
1
9/24
4:00 pm
Governor Mifflin
at Elco
1
0
9/25
4:00 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Catholic
4
0
9/26
4:00 pm
Elco
at Octorara
3
0
9/28
4:00 pm
Lebanon
at Elco
0
2
10/01
4:00 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Elco
1
2
10/02
4:00 pm
Lancaster Mennonite
at Elco
1
4
10/03
4:00 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Elco
2
5
10/05
4:00 pm
Pequea Valley
at Elco
0
8
10/08
4:00 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Mennonite
0
1
10/10
4:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Elco
0
1
10/11
4:00 pm
Elco
at McCaskey
2
0
10/12
4:00 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Country Day
2
2
10/16
5:00 pm
Warwick
Elco
at Penn Manor
3
0
10/24
5:00 pm
Eastern York
Elco
at Donegal
0
3
10/27
1:00 pm
Elco
Newport
at Lower Dauphin Middle School
0
7
10/31
5:30 pm
Boiling Springs
Elco
at Lower Dauphin Middle School
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IMG_6256 Lancaster-Lebanon League
  Final Section Three Standings
League Overall
  W L T PCT W L T PCT GS GA
Elco 13 1 2 87.50 15 4 2 76.19 61 25
Annville-Cleona 13 3 0 81.25 15 6 0 71.43 62 23
Northern Lebanon 11 5 0 68.75 12 6 0 66.67 70 23
Lancaster Mennonite 10 6 0 62.50 11 7 0 61.11 40 26
Lancaster Country Day 9 5 2 62.50 10 6 2 61.11 52 38
Lancaster Catholic 6 10 0 37.50 6 12 0 33.33 35 51
Octorara 5 11 0 31.25 6 12 0 33.33 40 51
Lebanon 3 13 0 18.75 5 13 0 27.78 21 51
Pequea Valley 0 16 0 0.00 0 18 0 0.00 3 113

 

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PIAA District Three

 Class A Power Rankings

 

A School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Greenwood 16- 1- 0  0.776661  0.947368  0.568018  14.4  173.7  0.8  132.1
2 Bermudian Springs 17- 0- 1  0.739209  0.969880  0.457278  16.1  144.5  0.5  171.5
3 Oley Valley 17- 1- 0  0.725584  0.942529  0.460429  16.4  150.1  1.0  175.9
4 Newport 12- 5- 1  0.624772  0.655914  0.586709  12.2  185.4  6.4  130.6
5 Eastern Lebanon County 14- 2- 2  0.618717  0.804878  0.391187  13.2  130.5  3.2  203.1
6 Big Spring 13- 5- 0  0.595945  0.719101  0.445421  12.8  146.9  5.0  182.9
7 Annville Cleona 14- 4- 0  0.569653  0.714286  0.392879  12.0  130.2  4.8  201.2
8 Boiling Springs 12- 6- 0  0.562239  0.635417  0.472800  12.2  154.7  7.0  172.5
9 Littlestown 13- 4- 1  0.551852  0.703488  0.366519  12.1  115.6  5.1  199.8
10 Bishop McDevitt 11- 6- 0  0.550874  0.625000  0.460276  10.0  140.2  6.0  164.4
11 Susquenita 11- 6- 1  0.543920  0.566667  0.516119  10.2  163.3  7.8  153.1
12 Eastern York 12- 5- 0  0.535453  0.658824  0.384668  11.2  113.4  5.8  181.4
13 Northern Lebanon 12- 5- 0  0.534294  0.634146  0.412253  10.4  129.2  6.0  184.2
14 Camp Hill 9- 7- 2  0.512228  0.521978  0.500312  9.5  160.3  8.7  160.1
15 Lancaster Mennonite 11- 7- 0  0.494465  0.539326  0.439634  9.6  144.2  8.2  183.8
16 Schuylkill Valley 9- 6- 1  0.488393  0.538462  0.427199  8.4  115.6  7.2  155.0
17 Fleetwood 9- 6- 2  0.487646  0.531646  0.433870  8.4  124.0  7.4  161.8
18 Wyomissing 11- 6- 1  0.482538  0.574713  0.369880  10.0  117.4  7.4  200.0
19 Lancaster Country Day School 10- 6- 2  0.482318  0.543478  0.407566  10.0  133.6  8.4  194.2
20 Susquehanna Township 4- 11- 0  0.414816  0.287671  0.570216  4.2  147.8  10.4  111.4
21 Biglerville 7- 9- 2  0.392161  0.370787  0.418284  6.6  133.6  11.2  185.8
22 Hamburg Area 7- 11- 0  0.383500  0.358696  0.413816  6.6  123.4  11.8  174.8
23 Hanover 7- 11- 0  0.374364  0.329787  0.428847  6.2  133.2  12.6  177.4
24 Lancaster Catholic 6- 12- 0  0.364771  0.282828  0.464923  5.6  151.1  14.2  173.9
25 Tulpehocken 7- 11- 0  0.360417  0.322581  0.406662  6.0  129.4  12.6  188.8
26 Octorara Area 6- 12- 0  0.349727  0.284211  0.429803  5.4  139.6  13.6  185.2
27 Fairfield 4- 13- 0  0.312674  0.202128  0.447787  3.8  129.5  15.0  159.7
28 Brandywine Heights Area 3- 14- 0  0.294031  0.139785  0.482554  2.6  146.6  16.0  157.2
29 Kutztown Area 1- 17- 0  0.237704  0.058824  0.456336  1.2  139.0  19.2  165.6
30 Pequea Valley 0- 18- 0  0.207138  0.000000  0.460308  0.0  149.6  20.4  175.4
31 Delone Catholic 0- 15- 0  0.192808  0.000000  0.428463  0.0  112.6  16.8  150.2

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