BY JEFF FALK
PALMYRA – If one measures success by hardware, medals and championships, then the Palmyra field hockey program is one of the most successful programs in Lebanon County. If one measures success by the number of Division One athletes sent on to the next level, the Cougars have no equal.
Recently, Palmyra sent three more seniors on to Division One field hockey programs. Those three pushed the number of Division One athletes the Cougars have produced since 1999 to 32.
Midfielders Anna Scipioni and Kasey Hess and defender Casi Neidigh all commiited to D-one programs.
“It’s the best part of coaching for me,” said Cougar head coach Kristi Harshman, herself a former Palmyra player who went on to star at a Division One school. “It’s very rewarding to be part of their choices for the next four years.”
Scipioni, the Cougars’ emotinal leader, chose Columbia University, which is located near New York City. The owner of a 4.0 grade-point average and a four-year letter winner for the Cougars, Scipioni plans to pursue a degree in the medical field.
Hess selected Miami University of Ohio, while Neidigh will attend Towson University.
“We know a lot of the college coaches, so it’s a benefit to them to make the connection,” said Harshman. “They know they’re getting a player who has good fundamentals and has played field hockey at a high level.”
Scipioni, Hess and Neidigh were key components on Palmyra’s District Three Class AA championship team this fall, one that advanced to semifinals of the PIAA tournament.