WC Eagles Win Three Gold and a Silver at Disney

WC Eagles gave an outstanding performance at the Disney Showcase Tournament last weekend with the Under 19 repeating as Champions for the third consecutive year and the Under 16 team repeating as Champions for the fourth consecutive year, while the 2nd Under 16 Team repeated as Champions of their division.

Overall our four teams played 32 games, winning 31 with only the WC Eagles Blue and White U19 teams meeting in the Final of the Under 19 preventing a clean sweep with WC Eagles U19 Blue, led by Moira Putsch winning her 5th Disney Gold Medal and Michelle Thompson and Becca Zamojcin collecting their 4th Disney Golds, coming out on top.

The Under 19 Blue and White teams both swept through the top division of the U19 tournament with U19 Blue scoring 57 goals while conceding only 3 and U19 White scoring 29 goals and conceding only 2 on their way to meet in the Final. Kelly Goggins worked tirelessly in midfield to lead her U19 White team to the final and Sophie Graeff was solid in defense. In goal, Erica Miller made some tremendous saves against Jersey Intensity in the cross-over rounds and Katie Wyman played with agility and poise in the semi-final shootout against the strong Focus Club from Virginia to pull the team through. Michelle Thompson had an outstanding tournament for the U19 Blue, strong and consistent in midfield and defense, and Nikki Freeman and Millie Stefanowicz controlled the midfield.

Our WC Eagles U16 Blue adapted well to the conditions playing fast open hockey, dominating their pool and cross-over games scoring 47 goals while conceding just one. In the semi-final they beat IFHCK from Kentucky to take them into the Final against the always strong Spirit USA from New Jersey. An early goal put Spirit USA in front, but with Erin Matson taking control of the midfield, it was not long before Megan Duverois found Erin open in the circle with a pinpoint pass to tie the game and almost immediately Matson fired home a beautiful reverse stick shot to give her team the lead and WC Eagles pressed on to a comfortable 8-2 victory.

Jenna Davison played consistently well in defense, Elizabeth Farrell and Samantha Swart controlled the midfield, and Mayv Clune created scoring opportunities as part of a strong overall performance by the WC Eagles U16 White Team. Their solid defense conceded only one goal in their pool and cross-over games while scoring 30 goals. In a close and exciting semi-final W C Eagles came back from a goal down against Hershey Alley Cats to lead 2-1 for most of the game but gave up a late goal which took the game into a shootout where Rachel Bliss stood firm and confident to deny the Ally Cats at every attempt and send her team into the Final against Jersey Elite. Applying constant pressure WC Eagles White scored 4 goals in the first half and ran out 5-1 winners to bring home the third WC Eagles Gold Medal.

Congratulations to all the WC Eagles players on an outstanding Disney Showcase Tournament

WC Eagles Lottery Fundraiser

Hello Everyone & thank you for participating in this year’s fundraiser! Each day we will post the winners here as well as notify them by email. Monday-Thursday winners will be announced the day after the drawing and Friday, Saturday, & Sunday winners will be announced on Monday. Remember: If your number is drawn during the week you win $50, during the weekend $100! Please check back to see if you’ve won!

If you wish to check the daily number with us, you can access the information at the following link: http://www.palottery.state.pa.us/Games/Past-Winning-Numbers.aspx?id=2&year=2014#pwn_results

*No winner means the winning ticket was not returned.

Wednesday, January 1st – #184 Carrie Williamson, sold by Rory Williamson
Thursday, January 2nd – #803 Joy Palazzese, sold by Christy Palazzese
Friday, January 3rd - #895 No winner
Saturday, January 4th - #212 No winner
Sunday, January 5th - #873 The Siana Family, sold by Abigail Siana
Monday, January 6th - #360 No winner
Tuesday, January 7th - #667 No winner
Wednesday, January 8th - #065 Jack Bateman, sold by Caroline & Hannah Bateman
Thursday, January 9th - #994 D’Anjolell Memorial Home, sold by Christina D’Anjolell
Friday, January 10th - #215 No winner
Saturday, January 11th - #411 Mary Fran Flood, sold by Julia Flood
Sunday, January 12th - #029 No winner
Monday, January 13th - #426 Gwen Plevyak
Tuesday, January 14th - #519 Aaron Greberman, sold by Emily Greberman
Wednesday, January 15th - #705 No winner
Thursday, January 16th - #598 Franck Euksuzian, sold by Colette Euksuzian
Friday, January 17th – #705 No winner
Saturday, January 18th - #152 Trish O’Brien, sold by Caroline O’Brien
Sunday, January 19th - #371 Stacey Chong, sold by Bridget Naylor
Monday, January 20th - #567 Colsen Lubben, sold by Megan Vermeil
Tuesday, January 21st - #986 No winner
Wednesday, January 22nd - #668 No winner
Thursday, January 23rd - #333 The Leonzi Family, sold by Jenna Leonzi
Friday, January 24th - #036 No winner
Saturday, January 25th - #702 Kim Osborne, sold by Cami Osborne
Sunday, January 26th - #001 No winner
Monday, January 27th - #371 Mary Ellen Naylor, sold by Bridget Naylor
Tuesday, January 28th - #081 Tatum Johnson, sold by Taylor Johnson
Wednesday, January 29th - #051 Keith Powers, sold by Anna Powers
Thursday, January 30th - #967 No winner
Friday, January 31st - #255 No winner


WC Eagles Players Announce College Commitments

Four W C Eagles juniors who were members of our 2013 National Club Champion teams have recently committed to play Division 1 NCAA college field hockey and study at four prestigious universities.

  • Lydia Sydnor has committed to play for the University of Michigan in the Big 10
  • Christie Palazzese is following W C Eagles alumni Megan Deakins and Paula Heimbach to play at Duke University in the ACC
  • Under 17 National Team player Sophia Tornetta will join Annabeth Donovan and Kelsey Byrne at Princeton University
  • Nikki Freeman will also be competing in the ACC at the University of Virginia alongside W C Alum Kelsey LeBlanc, Caleigh Foust, Emily Faught, Katie and Megan Kelly, and current W C Eagles senior Becca Zamojcin.

Sophia and Nikki played an integral part in winning both our Under 16 and Under 19 National Club Championship titles while Lydia and Christie were both members of our W C Eagles U16 National Club Championship winning team this past summer,

Senior goalkeeper Ashley Gubernick has also made her college commitment. Ashley will be playing at Franklin and Marshall.

Congratulations to these five players. We know they will all continue to train very hard to prepare for the freshman preseason!

WC Eagles U16 & U19 Are #1 in National Rankings

2013RankingsU19USA Field Hockey has released their National Club Rankings and our WC Eagles U16 and U19 teams are #1! Congratulations to our players and coaches, the hard work has paid off! For the full story go to http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Field-Hockey/Features/2013/August/08/WC-Eagles-ranked-No-1-in-club-rankings

It’s a Sweep! WC Eagles Win U14, U16 and U19 National Club Championships

WC Eagles teams dominated the 2013 National Club Championships, bringing home the hardware in the U14, U16 and U19 divisions. Read the articles on the USA Field Hockey Website at the following links:

WC Eagles Sweep the 2013 National Club Championship

WC Eagles Win U16 National Club Championship Title

WC Eagles Retain U14 National Club Championship Title


11 WC Eagles players are included in the 2013/14 USA National Junior Teams announced by USA Field Hockey following the National Junior Camp which was held at Old Dominion University from the 26th – 28th June.

Highlighting the selections are goalkeeper Sam Carlino and midfield/striker Katie Gerzabek who have been selected to play for the USA Under 21 Team at the Junior World Cup in Germany later this month.

Congratulations to the following players on their Junior national Team Selection


Sam Carlino (GK)
Katie Gerzabek
Moira Putsch


Annabeth Donovan
Moira Putsch
Jessica Unger


Jennifer Bleakney
Erin Matson
Cassie Sumfest
Julianna Tornetta
Sophia Tornetta

We are extremely proud of each of these players and know they will represent themselves and the club well at the International level.


14 W C Eagles are included in the teams which USA Field Hockey has selected for the Junior Olympics (Under16) which will be held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor the first week in August

The W C Eagles players selected to play in the Junior Olympics are Casey Allen, Maddie Bacskai, Jennifer Bleakney, Mayv Clune, Megan DuVernois, Kelsey Giese, Erin Matson, Corinne Persichetti, Cassie Sumfest, Samantha Swart, Julianna Tornetta, Sophia Tornetta, Megan Weist, and Corinne Zanolli.

We are extremely proud of each of these players and know they will represent themselves and the club well at the Junior Olympics.


The W C Eagles Under 16 team scored 33 goals while conceding only 3 as they swept through their six games over the weekend to win the Regional Club Championships and qualify for the National Club Championships which will be held in Virginia Beach in July.

With 10 teams, including 3 of the top 4 ranked under 16 teams in the country, vying for just two automatic places in the NCC this promised to be a very difficult tournament to come through with little margin for error.

Although missing defenders Taylor Leonhardt and Zoe Smith, and with Maddie Bacskai nursing an injured foot, W C Eagles came out strong on Saturday with three solid wins – 8 -1 against East Coast, 8 – 1 over Horizon, and 8 – 0 over KaPow, – and followed up on Sunday morning with a 2 – 0 win over our strong rival High Styx to secure top place in our Pool and a berth in the semi-finals where W C Eagles played a fast open game to beat XCalibur convincingly by the score of 4 – 1. In the Final we faced East Coast who had beaten Horizon with the last play of their final Pool game to reach the semi-finals and overcome PA Mavericks in a penalty shoot out to earn their place in the Championship match. W C Eagles dominated the Final, pinning East Coast in their defensive end for the majority of the game and stifling the occasional dangerous looking East Coast break away, to come away with a comfortable 3 – 0 victory.

Although this was a very good team performance, Nikki Freeman, Sophia Tornetta, and Claire Webb, played extremely well throughout the weekend.

13 WC Eagles Named to USA National Indoor Teams

USA Field Hockey recently announced the 2013-14 National Under 16, Under 19, and Women’s Indoor Teams for the 2013/14 indoor season.

A total of 13 WC Eagles were selected, 5 on the Women’s National Indoor Team, 5 on the Under 19 Indoor Team and 3 on the Under 16 Indoor Team.

The 5 WC Eagles selected to the USA Women’s National Indoor Team are Carolyn Cabrey, Erin Matson, Lindsay McArdle, Jessica McCarthy and Emily Valeo.

Madeleine Bacskai, Megan Duvernois, Cassie Sumfest, Julianna Tornetta and Rebecca Zamojcin were named to the USA National Under 19 Team.

Mayv Clune, Abigail Pitcairn and goalkeeper Ava Rosati were selected to the USA National Under 16 Team.

WC Eagles Shine On The Field And In The Classroom

Five Eagles received the 2012 NFCHA Division I Scholars of Distinction for the first semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. A total of 30 W C Eagles, representing 19 different schools, made the Division I National Academic Squad. Five of the 30 Eagles were also four year recipients of the award. W C Eagles had two members from the defending Division II National Champion West Chester University selected to the Academic Squad and seven more members at the Division III level. Two of the seven W C Eagles in Division III were four year recipients of the award. To achieve the Academic Squad, a student athlete must have a GPA over 3.30.
Sam Carlino of the University of Massachusetts, Lauren del Valle and Melissa McCarthy of Hofstra University, Kristen Focht of Drexel University and Emilie Ideka of American University were the five WC Eagles Alum to receive the honor of Division I Scholars of Distinction. To make that list, student-athletes have to have a GPA of 3.90 or higher for the semester.
The WC Eagles were well represented as 45 alumni were rewarded for their academic work among the three NCAA levels. Here’s the list of all the WC Eagles who made an academic team:

2012 NFCHA Division I Scholars of Distinction
Sam Carlino, University of Massachuetts
Lauren del Valle, Hostra University
Melissa McCarthy, Hostra University
Kristen Focht, Drexel University
Emilie Ikeda, American University

2012 Gladiator by SGI/NFCHA Division I National Academic Squad
Emilie Ikeda, American University
Alex McMackin, American University
Kasey Prettyman, University of Delaware
Kristina Derkits, Drexel University
Kristen Focht, Drexel University
Ainslie Rhoads, Drexel University
Lauren del Valle, Hofstra University
Melissa McCarthy, Hofstra University
Sara Watro, University of Iowa
Karleigh Carlin, Kent State University
Alayna Harris, Kent State University
Jenna Seybert, Lafayette College
Emily Valeo, Lafayette College*
Stephanie Frantoni, Lehigh University
Kathleen Kneizys, Lehigh University
Kendall Weedling, University of Louisville
Shelby Sydnor, University of Maryland
Sam Carlino, University of Massachuetts
Michelle Pieczynski, Monmouth University
Chandler Giese, University of New Hampshire
Julie Hodge, Old Dominion University*
Kimberly Oakes, Old Dominion University*
Marla Petriello, Old Dominion University*
Caitlin Walsh, Old Dominion University
Samantha Ostoich, University of Richmond
Avery Safford, University of Richmond
Alicia Govannicci, Rider University
Samantha Neuber, Stanford University
Katie Briglia, Temple University
Olivia Maggitti, Villanova University

2012 NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad
Morgan Hagner, West Chester University
Alexis Versak, West Chester University

2012 NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad
Rachel Tannenbaum, Amherst College
Maura Campbell, Catholic University
Megan Comunale, Catholic University
Alessandra Farnessi, DeSales University
Alexandria Desousa, Drew University
Kristen Dornenburg, Muhlenberg College*
Margaret Ruth, Susquehanna University
Melissa Karp, Tufts University*

*Designates 4-year award recipients


The Under 14 and Under 16 National Indoor Tournaments were held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, last weekend and once again WC Eagles was the only Club to come home with more than one Pool Champion in an age group, winning three U16 Pools along with their U14 Pool.

The U16 1st Team (Blue) won the coveted U16 A Pool Championship, winning all 7 games, scoring 36 goals and conceding just 5. On Friday afternoon the crowd packed the stands to watch the two unbeaten teams W C Eagles and their perennial rivals Xcalibur in what would prove to be the Championship match. WC Eagles scored early through Erin Matson, sweeping in a pinpoint pass from Sophia Tornetta. Maddie Bacskai fired a penalty corner in the roof of the net to give WC a two goal lead before Xcalibur struck back with their own penalty corner to narrow the margin before the turn around. The second half started with strong attacking pressure at both ends. Erika Miller came up with a series of brilliant saves to keep WC Eagles in the game and Nikki Freeman was strong and steadfast in defense. With four minutes to go Christy Palazzese latched onto a pass and beat the oncoming goalkeeper with a neat spin move to seal a 3-1 victory for WC Eagles and the U16 Pool A Championship.

The 2nd Team (Gold) also trotted off 7 straight wins, scoring the most goals in the U16 Division with 61 while conceding only 6. Midfield play maker Julianna Tornetta set the pace of the game with penetrating runs and deft passes, Nicole Catalino what a strong player she has become, Megan DuVernois, Taylor Leonhardt, Kelsey Giese and Corinne Zanolli were on hand to score some nice goals and Cassie Sumfest and Zoe Smith, both strong in defense, added penalty corner goals, while Claire Webb closed down the oppositions left side, and Rosie Kalis was solid in goal.

Our young 3rd Team (Fly) finished in a three way tie for 1st place in Pool B with a 5-1-1 record and lost out on their medals being placed second in a close tie breaker. They started slowly with a 3-3 tie against the eventual winner East Coast, which proved to be the difference, before playing very well to win their next five games, and then falling at the last hurdle to PA Mavericks. It was a heartbreaking loss having played so well in a very tough Pool.

In Pool D, our 4th Team (Swoop) finished 2nd with a 6 – 1 record to a strong H2O – loosing the decider to H2O 3-0. Sam Hickey, Annika Roberts, and Sophie Graeff played consistently well in a strong team performance.

Dana Turner was outstanding for the 5th Team (White), working tirelessly at both ends of the court with timely tackles and interceptions and scoring some lovely goals while Maggie Curry had a good tournament in defense as the team finished 2-3-2

The 6th Team (Teal) played exceptionally well to finish unbeaten with six wins and a draw in a series of very close and exciting games and come home as Pool Champions. Maggie Concelmo and Becca Inza had a very consistent tournament, Laura Lasporgata came up with some important saves, and Sarah Johnson scored a number of crucial penalty strokes, in a hard fought Pool to take home a well deserved Gold Medal.

Having a tough time scoring our 7th Team (Sapphire) struggled to create consistent chances. Claire Sylvester and Katie McErlean played really well throughout and showed they have a bright future and Meghan Clark improved with every game.

Our U14 Team won their U14 Pool Championship in style, winning all seven games scoring an NIT record of 80 goals with out conceding any – the only team in all age groups to have zero goals scored against them! In a strong all-round team effort Abby Pitcain lead the team in midfield, Claire Donovan and Kathryn Scheerer were strong in defense, Gianna Glatz pulled off some outstanding saves to keep a clean sheet, and Mayv Clune made skillful, penetrating runs, down the right and proved to be an accurate penalty corner striker.

Our resident statistician, Joe Neuber, has pointed out that of the 30 NIT Pools in all the girls age groups, WC Eagles won 9 Pools, two clubs (PA Mavericks and High Styx) won two each and 17 other clubs won one each! That is an truly outstanding achievement which shows the depth of talent throughout the club and one which you should all be very proud of

Congratulations once again on an outstanding National Indoor Tournament

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