The WVC has just two teams left in the PIAA field hockey playoffs, but since they make up 25 percent of the field, that’s impressive.
In looking at the math, District 1 has two teams, District 11 has one team and District 3 has three. While District 11 had the same number of entries as District 2 — three in all — it only has Emmaus remaining in the Class 3A.
District 1 had nine entries in the two brackets, yet has only West Chester-Henderson in 3A and Gwynedd Mercy in 2A.
District 3 had 10 of the 32 tournament berths, but has only Oley Valley in 2A, and 3A semifinal opponents Penn Manor and Lower Dauphin.
District 2 has emerged as the dominant force in state field hockey. Just look at the numbers:
• 1997 was the last time the district went more than two seasons without a championship (Crestwood won in 1999, but before that was Lake-Lehman in 1996).
• 70-25 is the district’s record in PIAA play since 2001. That’s a .737 win percentage.
• 10 PIAA championships since 2001.
• 5 championships in four years — Wyoming Seminary in 2001, Lake-Lehman in 2002, and Crestwood in 2003 and 2004 in Class 2A, and Wyoming Valley West in 3A in 2003.
• 3 straight championships heading into this year — Wyoming Seminary in 2010 and 2011, and Crestwood in 2012.
COUGHLIN STANDS PROUD — The Crusaders had their season end Saturday, but they made an impression.
They played so well on the turf, Penn Manor coach Matt Soto didn’t even recognize them as a grass team. Coughlin’s home games are played at Guthrie Field.
“We expect that this time of year,” Soto said of the tactical skill game played by the teams Saturday. “You know you have to capitalize when you get deep.”
When asked if he expected more of a midfield game against a Crusaders team he’s familiar with, Soto paused.
“You know, I hadn’t even thought of that,” he said.
Soto coaches Coughlin’s Brigid Wood outside of the school season, so he knew a little of what to expect from the Crusaders.
“We talked about her tendencies … some of the things she does,” Soto said. “We know Brigid. She’s a heck of a good player.”