Friday, November 30, 2012
Ashley Walters and Ellie O'Neill were selected as All-South Jersey players.
Another footnote on a season filled with lasting achievements for the Collingswood High School field hockey team: the Field Hockey Club of South Jersey named two Panthers to its 2012 All-South Jersey team. Ashley Waters was selected as a First Team defender, while Ellie O’Neill was chosen as a Second Team midfielder. Below is the complete list. Congratulations, girls! 1st team Offense Midfield Defense Goalies 2nd team Offense Midfield Defense Goalies
Sunday, November 18, 2012
In a season cut devastatingly short in the Group 2 Finals, Collingswood field hockey still celebrated a 44-goal scorer, earned its coach's 100th win and showed it belongs at the top.
In the end, the Collingswood High School field hockey team probably deserved better. For more than two months, the Panthers were better than every team on their schedule not named Eastern, and for much of the Group 2 South Jersey final against Camden Catholic, that trend continued. But much like soccer, field hockey games don’t always go to the team that has the better of the play, and can be decided in a way that takes every player off the field except a goalie and a shooter. Collingswood’s loss to Camden Catholic in penalty strokes last week deprived the Panthers of a South Jersey title and the opportunity to compete for a state title. What it could not take away, however, was the memories of a wildly successful and historic season. “…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
After a historic centennial season, Camden Catholic defeated Collingswood 3-2 in penalty strokes to earn the Group 2 field hockey title.
A historic season for the Collingswood High School field hockey team ended in the most devastating of fashion: penalty strokes. Eighty minutes of hockey was not enough to determine a winner between No. 1 Collingswood and No. 3 Camden Catholic in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 finals, so the game was reduced to goalie vs. shooter. The Irish came through with one more goal than the Panthers in the shootout, earning their second-straight South Jersey title with a 2-2 (3-2) victory. Camden Catholic will take on Bishop Eustace in the state semifinals on Friday. “It hurts,” said Collingswood head coach Valerie Dayton said. “We got to this game last year in Central Jersey against the same team and played a much different game (Camden Catholic …
The Irish pulled out the victory in penalty strokes over Collingswood on Wednesday.
Congratulations to the girls of the Collingswood High School field hockey team for a thrilling 2012 season. The Panthers lost to Camden Catholic in penalty strokes after a double-overtime on Wednesday. For a recap of the game, read our story here.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Krista LaMaina set a Collingswood single-season field hockey scoring record with 43 goals in Monday's playoff win over Barnegat.
All season, the Collingswood High School field hockey team has racked up goals at an eye-popping rate. The Panthers have scored five goals or more in 14 of their 20 victories and seven or more in 11 contests. There have been plenty of goals to go around, but no one has been better at sending a shot to the back of the cage than Krista LaMaina. The Panthers’ forward is not only tops on her team in goals, but also tops in the program's history, with 43 tallies this season. Considering the program just celebrated its 100th season, that’s quite an accomplishment. “It’s really exciting knowing I broke the record, but I couldn’t really have done it without the rest of the team,” LaMaina said after scoring a pair of goals in Collingswood’s 8-0 …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
After two weeks off, the Collingswood field hockey team looked sharp in a 8-0 win over Barnegat on Monday.
Valerie Dayton admitted to being a little nervous prior to the Collingswood High School field hockey team’s quarterfinal game against Barnegat on Monday. The concern wasn’t due to a lack of confidence in her No. 1 seeded Panthers, nor was it directed towards the talent level of the competition. The concern came from the layoff the team endured between Monday’s game and the Panthers' previous contest, which came way back on Oct. 23. A first-round-bye in the NJSIAA Group 2 playoffs provided some rest, but Superstorm Sandy extended that rest an unwelcome length of time. Fortunately for Dayton, her concerns evaporated after less than two minutes, when Ellie O’Neill scored the first of many goals for Collingswood in an 8-0 romp over No. 8 …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Collingswood will be the favorite in the Group 2 playoffs.
In a storied 100th anniversary season, the Collingswood High School field hockey team has earned the No. 1 seed in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 playoffs. The Panthers* (19-1 after two victories in friendlies against Moorestown and St. Joe's, their only loss coming in a non-divisional match-up against Eastern) earned a first-round bye and will take on the winner of No. 8 Lower Cape May and No. 9 Barnegat in the quarterfinals on Thursday, Nov. 1. Colonial Conference rival West Deptford earned the No. 2 seed and will also receive a first-round bye. The Eagles will face the winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal between No. 7 Middle Township and No. 10 Sterling. Defending Group 2 champion Haddonfield is a No. 6 seed and will open up against No. …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Although rain forced the cancellation of the alumnae game, generations of Panthers felt right at home watching Valerie Dayton's 2012 squad reel off its 17th win of the year.
Dorothy (Bond) Cobb can still feel the pain in her shins every now and then. When Cobb played field hockey for Collingswood High School, she wasn’t equipped with the same safety equipment today’s players have. So it is no wonder that when Cobb, who played for the Panthers from 1943-46, bumps into something and feels a pain in the shins, she is reminded of her playing years. “My shins still hurt anytime they get hit,” said Cobb. "We didn't have the shin guards and goalies didn't have masks. It was a different game." Cobb’s story is just one of the dozens that were shared this weekend as the Collingswood field hockey program celebrated its 100th anniversary. Panthers past and present gathered for the celebration, sharing stories of the old …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Before Tuesday's game against Haddonfield, Ellie O'Neill told her teammates how much every one of them mattered. They answered by potting eight goals in a shutout win.
Just before a big game against rival Haddonfield Tuesday, Collingswood High School field hockey captain Ellie O’Neill spoke to her teammates about something that had been on her mind in recent weeks. Captains often deliver speeches in Panthers’ athletics, so it wasn’t the fact that O’Neill spoke up that was significant, but rather the message she delivered. She told her teammates that every one of them has value to the team and that none stands above another. “I was thinking over the past couple of weeks about how when we play other teams it’s always ‘watch number four’ or ‘watch number three,’ but we don’t really have a star on the team,” O’Neill said. “We all trust each other, because we all know each other is equally good.” Moments …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Collingswood field hockey gave coach Valerie Dayton her 100th career victory last week, and hasn't stopped winning since.
This sure has the look of a special season for the Collingswood High School field hockey team, and the number 100 seems to be a big part of things. Panthers head coach Valerie Dayton recorded her 100th career victory last week in the program’s 100th season. Dayton, who is in her eighth season, was presented flowers after she reached the century mark in a 9-0 win against Overbrook. As big as the milestone was, Dayton was most pleased about a victory over West Deptford a couple days later. The field hockey season is only two weeks old, yet things in the Colonial Conference Liberty Division are already becoming clear: Collingswood is the team to beat. Two days after West Deptford made a statement by knocking off defending champions …