It was three days removed from winning the Mid-Atlantic Prep League's field hockey championship.

And now, The Hill School finds itself firmly in the chase for another title ... this one in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association.

The Blues hosted Germantown Academy Tuesday in a quarterfinal-round game at the Hill's Cunningham Turf Field. And they got the best of the Patriots, pulling out a 2-1 victory.

Kathleen Carmichael and Alex Lange had the goals for the Hill (12-3), which completed a 5-0 sweep of MAPL opponents with Saturday's 2-0 win over Lawrenceville School. Carmichael scored with 20 minutes to go in the first half, Carmichael finishing off a corner kick where Becca Shipper got the rebound off the GA goalkeeper's stop.

The Patriots forced a 1-1 tie at the midway point, but Lange got the eventual game-winner in the second. In a free-play situation, Alexis Grippo passed to Julia Donald, who subsequently set up Lange.

Bella Smith was credited with an assist off a penalty corner for the fourth-seeded Blues, who will be back in action Thursday against Episcopal Academy. The top-seeded Churchwomen were 3-0 winners over Mercersburg Academy.

Erin Dempsey had one save in goal for the locals, who outshot GA by a 30-2 margin and took 14 corners to the Pats' three. Ashton Roth got credited for the assist, and Ashley Piszek had a 22-save day in goal.



Penn Charter 4, Hill School 0: The Blues' season ended in the quarterfinal round of the PAISAA playoffs' quarterfinal round as the locals were blanked by William Penn Charter.

In one of the first games of the season, Penn Charter beat Hill 5-0. This time around, Charter's very talented and deep roster proved to be too much for the Hill.

In the first half, the Quakers got all their goals from two different players. Julia Hernan ' 15 made 15 saves and was helped by fellow classmate Courtney Logar ' 15 with a stellar performance on defense.

Hill's senior class started and finished the game together, despite an injury. Schuyler Metzger, Catherine Kelly, and captains Keeley Spiess and Elizabeth Sitko helped guide the team through a rebuilding year and showed great leadership along the way.



NCAA Division III: After a one-year absence, Ursinus College returns to the NCAA championship field. The Bears (14-5) host Wilkes (8-11) in a first round game 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Ursinus, ranked 12th in the latest NFHCA Coaches' Poll, won its ninth Centennial Conference title Sunday with a 2-0 win over Franklin & Marshall, punching its ticket to the tournament. Wilkes, out of the Freedom Conference, won its automatic qualifier with a 2-1 overtime win over Misericordia Saturday. The Colonels have won their last five games.

Ursinus is led by sophomore midfielder Megan Keenan, who was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year. She is the first Ursinus player to earn the Player of the Year honors since 2009. Keenan is also the eighth Ursinus player to be named the top player in the conference. Senior Jenna Stover was also named a first-team Centennial selection.

The two teams are meeting for the first time since Oct. 2, 2002, when Ursinus got a 2-0 win over Wilkes. That was Ursinus' first year in Division III after dropping down from the Patriot League.

In tournament history, Ursinus has played in only one first-round game: A 3-1 win over Christopher Newport on Nov. 9, 2009. The Bears have advanced to the NCAA semifinals in their last four trips to the tournament.

The winner of this game will take on Wellesley 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Salisbury University.


Centennial Conference: Ursinus College's Leah Masiello was named second-team All-Centennial by the circuit's head coaches, who can not vote for their own players.

Masiello finished second in the Centennial in digs with 451 and digs per 4.80. The junior libero's 169 digs and 4.69 digs per set in Centennial Conference matches led the Centennial.

Masiello crossed the 30-plus mark in digs twice this season, as she had a season-high 34 digs against Gettysburg and followed that up with 33 digs against Hood. She was also tied for fourth on the squad in service aces with 23.