Carroll girls field hockey players seek a big crowd as they play rival O’Hara in PCL Championship


Julia Craskey, Staff writer

The Archbishop Carroll girls field hockey team faces off against Cardinal O’Hara in the PCL Championship at 6 p.m. today at Neumann University in Aston. 

The ACHS field hockey team has a record of 8-1 in the PCL, and O’Hara is 9-0. O’Hara handed Carroll their only loss this season within the PCL in a 1-0 overtime game, where Sofia Brown scored off a corner for O’Hara. 

“I think it will be a good game,” said senior defensive mid Courtland Schumacher. “Last time we played them it was a no score game, so going into this we prepared by working on getting the ball in the cage.”

“Winning PCLs is what we work towards all season,” Schumacher said. “It is the first goal we have going into the season.” 

The girls have been working extremely hard in practice, and their first playoff game against Conwell Egan proved they are ready for tonight.

“I’m feeling extra confident because I think our team wants it bad enough and we will end up on top,” said junior center forward Sienna Golden. 

The girls need lots of support going into this game. Schumacher urged everyone who is able to attend to be there, and be loud.

“I think it’s 100 percent better when more people come because it helps with our energy and keeps us motivated to keep going,” she said. 

Beth Wineburg, a junior and defensive center back, was among the players who said she plays better when there is support from a crowd.

“I think coming in with a huge crowd and someone to play the game off the field is a huge energy boost,” Wineburg said. “The students provide another source of motivation separate from the title of PCL Champs.”

Senior forward Bridget Grazel made a very convincing argument why all students should come to cheer on their team.

“Come to the game to experience the biggest rivalry of the PCL in action,” Grazel said