Girls field hockey moves on to district championship after beating O’Hara for PCL crown

Julia Craskey, Staff writer

The Archbishop Carroll Girls Field Hockey team won the PCL Championship against Cardinal O’Hara for the second year in a row last Thursday at Neumann University. 

The girls will be advancing to the District Championship game on Thursday November 2 at the Germantown Supersite in Philadelphia. After that they will move on into the first round of states, but their match-up isn’t out yet.

The team has been working extremely hard since the PCL game last Thursday to prepare for the talented teams they will be competing against in states. 

“We have practice every day to work on things specific to each player or each position and along with that we’ve really tried to do a lot more team bonding just to continue being close and trusting each other which translates into the field and playing with one another,” explained junior forward Laura Wineburg. 

This year’s field hockey team has a total of six seniors, and all of them have been a part of the team for all four of their years at Carroll.

Wineburg explained how much winning PCL and then continuing on to states means, especially with this group of seniors. 

“It’s a really exciting feeling but also very nerve wracking,” said Wineburg. “It’s gotten so real the past few weeks as we realize we only have a few games with this group of seniors and we really want to do the best we can and get as far as we can for them.”

During last week’s PCL championship, the girls faced their biggest rival — O’Hara — and came through on top with a final score of 1-0. The only goal scored was completed halfway through the first quarter off of a corner by senior captain Courtland Schumacher. 

“My teammates got the corner for me and we talked before the game to make a plan of how we would do them, so we stuck to the plan and I took the straight shot, kept my head down and fired it in,” explained Schumacher. 

The girls won the PCL Championship both years by defeating O’Hara.  

“Winning the PCL is something our whole team looks forward to during the season,” said junior defensive back Sarah Wood. “It’s one of the best feelings you get when being on a sports team because we know we have worked so hard to get there and bring home the plaque!”