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BY JEFF FALK

MILLERSVILLE – They learned about themselves, and they learned about each other. They learned about competition, and they learned about the nuances of the game.

They learned. And isn’t that what interscholastic sports are all about?

On a clear Wednesday evening, on the turf of Penn Manor High School’s Comet Field, the Elco Raider field hockey team concluded a successful 2019 campaign with a 2-0 loss to Fleetwood, in the opening round of the District Three Class A playoffs. The Tigers tallied goals late in both halves, and their defense performed admirably in short-circuiting the Elco attack.

The ninth-seeded Raiders finished their fall 11-5-1 under rookie head coach Kelsey Thorley. Elco finished third behind Northern Lebanon and Annville-Cleona during regular-season play in Section Three of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.

Fleetwood, the eighth seed, improved to 14-4. Up next for the Tigers is a Saturday date with top-seeded Greenwood.

“Absolutely it was a success,” said Thorley. “I got named as the coach in July. We didn’t have specific goals. We wanted to grow as a team. We wanted to grow as players.

“You always hope for the ‘W’,” continued Thorley. “But I’m proud of them (her players) no matter what.”

The Raiders got off to a somewhat uneven start offensively, but battled enough to keep Fleetwood off the scoreboard. That was until 2:21 before the intermission, when sophomore Casey Lynn Dewald gave the Tigers a 1-0 edge with a terrific individual effort.

Dewald carried the ball the length of the field, beating a couple of Raider defenders along the way, and into the Elco circle. Once there, Dewald had time to gather herself and size up Raider goalie Sarah Shollenberger, before ripping a low drive inside the far post.

Elco went without a shot in the first half and didn’t register its first one until 2:35 into the second stanza. That shot also led to the Raiders’ first corner of the contest.

“I thought we played well,” said Thorley. “We’re very young in the front. We don’t start a senior there. There’s definitely a learning curve for us. Our defense was strong again. I thought our team grew a lot over the season.

“I thought we came out well,” added Thorley. “Everyone’s going to be nervous in big games. Making it to districts in back-to-back seasons was something we were focused on. That’s one of the things we’re trying to make the Elco program known for.”

Conversely, Elco held the Tigers without a shot over the first 21:20 of the second half. During that time, the Raiders were able to generate a few serious scoring chances.

Then with 6:33 remaining, Dewald made it 2-0. Off a corner insert, Dewald deflected teammate Paige Garrett’s blast from the top of the circle inside the left post.

“I thought we played both halves about equal,” said Thorley. “We had our moments in each half. I wouldn’t say we played better in either half.

“I thought we did well offensively,” Thorley continued. “We’re learning on the front line.”

The final stat line saw Fleetwood outshoot Elco 9-4. Each side was awarded four corners.

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2019 Elco Field Hockey Results

DateOpponentsOutcomes
9/04
4:00 pm
Elco
at Octorara
5
0
9/06
4:00 pm
Lebanon
at Elco
0
3
9/09
4:00 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Elco
1
0
9/11
7:15 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Catholic
2
0
9/16
7:00 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Mennonite
2
1
9/18
4:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Elco
0
0
9/20
4:00 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Country Day
2
1
9/23
5:45 pm
Elco
at Governor Mifflin
0
2
9/26
4:00 pm
Octorara
at Elco
0
3
9/27
4:00 pm
Elco
at Lebanon
2
1
9/30
4:00 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon
1
2
10/02
4:00 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Elco
1
4
10/07
4:00 pm
Lancaster Mennonite
at Elco
1
2
10/09
4:00 pm
Elco
at Annville-Cleona
0
2
10/10
4:00 pm
McCaskey
at Elco
0
2
10/11
4:00 pm
Lancaster Country Day
at Elco
2
6
10/15
7:00 pm
Elco
Conestoga Valley
at Donegal
0
3
10/23
5:00 pm
Elco
Fleetwood
at Penn Manor

PIAA District Three

Final Class A Power Rankings

ASchool W L T Rating TWP OWP TWPW OWPW TWPL OWPL
1Greenwood14-1-2 0.740778 0.864198 0.589933 14.0 175.8 2.2 122.2
2Oley Valley17-0-0 0.736825 1.000000 0.415167 16.2 129.2 0.0 182.0
3Northern Lebanon17-0-1 0.716370 0.961538 0.416721 15.0 128.6 0.6 180.0
4Bermudian Springs16-2-0 0.706978 0.870588 0.507011 14.8 159.1 2.2 154.7
5Boiling Springs15-1-1 0.681604 0.901163 0.413255 15.5 127.2 1.7 180.6
6Eastern York14-3-0 0.624964 0.790123 0.423103 12.8 124.9 3.4 170.3
7Newport11-4-1 0.622501 0.679487 0.552851 10.6 159.0 5.0 128.6
8Fleetwood13-4-0 0.588404 0.721519 0.425708 11.4 123.2 4.4 166.2
9Eastern Lebanon County11-4-1 0.561429 0.675325 0.422222 10.4 117.8 5.0 161.2
10Schuylkill Valley12-5-0 0.556561 0.658228 0.432302 10.4 125.8 5.4 165.2
11Littlestown13-5-0 0.550894 0.682927 0.389520 11.2 123.4 5.2 193.4
12Annville Cleona10-3-3 0.547101 0.653333 0.417261 9.8 117.0 5.2 163.4
13Camp Hill10-8-0 0.528737 0.517241 0.542787 9.0 177.6 8.4 149.6
14Bishop McDevitt11-7-0 0.516934 0.579545 0.440410 10.2 141.9 7.4 180.3
15Susquenita9-9-0 0.463693 0.430108 0.504741 8.0 159.7 10.6 156.7
16Lancaster Mennonite8-8-0 0.459120 0.433735 0.490146 7.2 134.3 9.4 139.7
17Biglerville9-9-0 0.425298 0.434783 0.413706 8.0 130.4 10.4 184.8
18Hanover8-10-0 0.405193 0.380435 0.435453 7.0 135.6 11.4 175.8
19Lancaster Country Day School7-9-1 0.400434 0.397849 0.403594 7.4 116.8 11.2 172.6
20Susquehanna Township4-13-0 0.394282 0.238095 0.585178 4.0 174.5 12.8 123.7
21Octorara Area6-12-0 0.382606 0.312500 0.468291 6.0 140.3 13.2 159.3
22Tulpehocken7-11-0 0.373351 0.314607 0.445149 5.6 140.4 12.2 175.0
23Big Spring4-13-1 0.366971 0.260638 0.496933 4.9 162.0 13.9 164.0
24Hamburg Area5-13-0 0.324516 0.255319 0.409091 4.8 122.4 14.0 176.8
25Lancaster Catholic3-14-0 0.301617 0.148936 0.488227 2.8 141.0 16.0 147.8
26Fairfield3-14-0 0.293018 0.148936 0.469119 2.8 135.2 16.0 153.0
27Kutztown Area3-13-2 0.286137 0.187500 0.406692 3.6 126.4 15.6 184.4
28Wyomissing4-14-0 0.275264 0.183673 0.387209 3.6 122.9 16.0 194.5
29Delone Catholic2-13-0 0.265821 0.127907 0.434382 2.2 113.2 15.0 147.4
30Brandywine Heights Area2-14-1 0.256086 0.106383 0.439057 2.0 130.4 16.8 166.6
31Pequea Valley0-0-0 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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