Monday, December 15, 2008

Festival Success!







I hope you all enjoyed California as much as I did!! After playing 5 years through high school I took a break from attending Festival to be with my family during college holidays. Now I'm in the real world and back at Festival, and it's better than ever. I've attached a few pictures of me playing as well as my team photo (notice all the Harrow sticks!!!) I played with the ASU Sun Devils and can't thank them enough for letting me jump on in the 11th hour. The highlight of our games had to be beating a rival Arizona team 6-1 (all 6 of our goals were scored with Harrow sticks I might add!).

Off the pitch Harrow saw great success as well. We had a huge response to our gift card promotion and many of you have already redeemed your free prize, congrats! I look forward to seeing most of you down in Florida for the Disney Showcase in February. We welcome any feedback on our presence at Festival and what you would like to see us do in the future, just leave a comment here or shoot me an email; atanner@harrowsports.com.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Maryland Terps win NCAA D1 Championship


Congratulations to the University of Maryland Terrapins on their 3rd National Championship in 4 years. The Terps beat ACC rival Wake Forest 4-2 in the championship game after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 2-1 in a semi-final over time thriller. This is the 8th consecutive year an ACC team has won the national title. UNC won in 2007 with Maryland winning back to back in 2005 and 2006 and Wake Forest three-peating in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Final 2008 HS Rankings

HockeyPower's final High School field hockey rankings for 2008 place Wyoming Seminary of Kingston, PA in the #1 spot. Sem finished their season with a record of 23-1 and the PIAA-AA championship crown. Congratulations to head coach Kim Klassner who not only lead her team to their 3rd PIAA-AA State Championship, but also captured her 500th career victory.
Rounding out the top 5 are Summit Oak Knoll, Group I State Champion (20-1-1) of NJ; Louisville Sacred Heart, State Champions from Kentucky (29-0) who own the longest winning streak at 83-0; Penn Manor from Millersville, PA who at (24-2-1) won the PIAA-AAA title over Hershey 5-0; and North Caldwell West Essex also out of New Jersey who won the Group II State Championship.
It is extremely difficult to rank all of these amazing high school teams from different states against each other. I would love to see a Tournament of Champions for the winners from each state tournament to declare a high school national champion. With interest and some research maybe next year Harrow will sponsor such a thing... What do you think?

Congratulations to all State Champions, and High School field hockey players for another fun and successful season.
Best of luck to all the Seniors beginning new adventures and everyone continuing their field hockey careers.

Yours in Sport,

Alli

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Harrow Ice Hockey

Hello Harrow Hockey Fans,
My name is Jeff Corey. One of the many hats I wear at Harrow is to help evolve the Ice Hockey Line. Now that Christian Hockey has been sold back to the good people in Minnisota, we have a strong focus on re-launching Harrow Hockey.
With growing demand for our Lacrosse, Squash, and Field Hockey line of equipment and custom team apparel, the decision to go back to Harrow Hockey was simple. Our loyal customers have spoken, and they wanted to see the bright colors of Harrow on their hockey product.
Click the following link on our website to check out the new Custom 2-Piece Harrow 300 engine.
With the many colors, shapes, finishes, curves, and flexes, there are over 1,100 different ways to assemble a stick that is right for you.
See you on the ice...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

NCAA Field Hockey Championship Brackets


Division 1 Bracket (Photo of the Michigan State field hockey team reacting to their selection as a host site)

Maryland, Iowa, Syracuse and Wake Forest won the top 4 seeds and will host 1st and 2nd rounds, except for Iowa that will play at Michigan State University. What do you think of the draw? I am always interested to see how it will turn out, there are always a few teams that feel they pulled the short end of the stick. Overall I think the bracket is "fair", especially if you are a Syracuse or North Carolina fan, but probably not so much if you support Maryland or Wake Forest.

I think the Final Four has a great chance to look very similar to 2007, give or take one of the ACC teams. We have the most exciting and competitive field hockey weekend ahead of us with the best 16 teams in the Nation playing back to back for a trip to Lousiville for the Final Four.

Post your predictions!!



The Final Four is set for this weekend with Bloomsburg and Shippensburg playing Friday night in the first semifinal game for a shot at the National Championship on Sunday against the winner of the second semifinal match up between UMass Lowell and Bentley.



The Division III Field Hockey Championship is down to the Elite 8 and will play their second and third round games this weekend with the Semifinal and Championship games next weekend.
Let me know what you think!!
Alli

Monday, November 10, 2008

Conference Champions set sights on NCAA tournament


Congratulations to all NCAA Conference Champions!


ACC - University of Maryland

Big 10 - Iowa University (picture)

America East - University of Albany

Big East - Syracuse University

Atlantic 10 - University of Massachusetts

MAC - Kent University

NorPac- Stanford

Northeast - Lockhaven University

Patriot League - American University

CAA - James Madison University


I, like most of you, anxiously await the NCAA tournament bracket release which will be aired live on NCAA.com at 8pm EST on Tuesday, November 11th.
Congratulations to the East Chapel Hill Wildcats as they won the North Carolina State Championship in overtime against town rival, Chapel Hill High.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Make it 10!


Add the Ann Arbor Pioneers to the list of Champions! Defeating Huron 2-0 completed their undefeated season and captured them their 4th straight Michigan State Championship. Congratulations!!

9 more Champions!


9 teams reigning from Ohio, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island celebrated State Championships over the weekend.


N.Kingston (picture) defeated Bay View (1-0, 3OT) in the Division 1 Rhode Island championship while Moses Brown beat Wheeler (3-0) in Division 2.


Maine holds 3 seperate tournaments for Classes A, B and C. Skowhegan claimed the Class A crown by defeating Scarborough, York took the Class B Championship over Nokomis and N. Yarmouth defeated Dexter for the Class C title.


New Hampshire also produced 3 State Champions from Classes I, L and M-S. Merrimack Valley defeated Kennet 2-1 for the Class I championship. Londonderry defeated Pinkerton 2-0 in Class L while Newfound Regional defeated Berlin 4-1 for the Class M-S title.


Hathaway Brown, Shaker Heights captured Ohio's only State Championship by defeating Columbus Academy, Gahanna 3-1 on Saturday.


Congratulations to all the Champions and runner-ups on an outstanding season!!


Pennsylvania will begin their State tournament tomorrow, here is the bracket.

Have a great week!
Alli

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!







On a beautiful fall day in Denver, CO with Halloween festivies already beginning and the final weekend of NCAA regular season play approaching, things are looking good for this field hockey fan.



As the season winds down, who is dressing up as Cinderella? Syracuse perhaps? Maryland as "Goal-liath"? Who will be the dark knight?

As teams prepare to honor their seniors and fit the final pieces of the puzzle together, I expect to see great field hockey this weekend. Find a game near you and see for yourself!

Ohio, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island will have their own shot at creating a field hockey fairytail this weekend as they complete their high school state championship tournaments.

Congratulations and good luck to all the Seniors playing in their last regular season games. Enjoy your opportunity to show what you've learned over the past 4 years and most importantly have fun competing!!


Have a great weekend,



Alli

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

SMA Celebrates OT goal


Deline and teammates celebrate the winning goal in Monday nights Championship game.

St. Mary's Academy Upsets Kent Denver for State Championship!


Congratulations to St. Mary's Academy (CO), on their 2-1 Overtime victory and first State Championship in program history!!!

St. Mary's went up 5 minutes into the game on a goal by Liz Deline and held the lead until there was a little under 3 minutes left in regulation. Freshman Lucy Dikeou scored Kent Denver's lone goal on a 1 v keeper breakaway that sent the ball, goalie, defender and Lucy into the back of the net.

In overtime, both teams had their chances at the State Title, but St. Mary's came out on top. Another goal by Deline with 2:51 left in OT was all they needed to secure the championship. Check out the Denverpost.com for a slide show of the game and celebrations.

In Pennsylvania field hockey, teams are entering District semi-finals today and tomorrow. District III AA semi's are between Lancaster Mennonite and Donegal on one side of the bracket and Oley Valley and Palmyra on the other. Winners will meet 11/1 for the District Championship.
District III AAA semi final match ups are between Penn Manor and Lower Dauphin, and Central Dauphin vs. Hershey with the winners also meeting on 11/1.
District XI semi finals will be played tomorrow, 10/29.


Have a great Tuesday!

Alli

Monday, October 27, 2008

Congratulations VT State Champs!!




CVU (left), Harwood and Rice captured Vermont State Championships in their respective divisions this weekend. Harwood completed their season undefeated with an outstanding record of (15-0-0), Congratulations!!!

#1 Maryland (right) handed #5 UNC their 2nd largest loss in program history on Saturday as they beat them 7-0 and claimed the top seed in the ACC tournament as well as the regular season title.

With an OT win over Indiana, and a decisive 3-0 win over Michigan, #9 Penn State captured the Big Ten regular season title. This was confirmed when # Michigan State lost in OT to #10 Iowa.

We have one final week of regular season play before conference tournaments begin, you never know what could happen!

Yours in Sport,

Alli

Friday, October 24, 2008

UNC vs MD: the rematch


The Tar Heels and Terrapins will for the second year in a row, play in the deciding game of the ACC regular season. Last year, both teams were undefeated heading into the match and Carolina came out on top beating Maryland 3-0 and claiming the ACC regular season title, the #1 seed for the ACC tournament, and the #1 NCAA seed.
This year, Maryland holds the #1 ranking while Carolina is at #5. Both teams are 3-1 in the conference. The match is set for Saturday at 1pm at College Park, MD. If you're in the area I promise it will be well worth the effort to go see it live!
Vermont State Championships will also take place this weekend. In the first division, Hartford will play CVU, in the second, the undefeated Harwood team will take on Woodstock, and in the third division, Rice will battle Stowe for the State title.
St. Mary's Academy from Colorado will play Kent Denver on Monday, Oct 27th for the Colorado State Championship. St. Mary's beat the #1 seed Smoky Hill 2-1 in overtime to reach the final while Kent Denver beat Mountain Vista 4-1 to advance.
Best of luck to all teams competing, check back Monday to see results!
Alli

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Colorado State Semi's Tonight


The first State Champion of 2008 will come from Colorado. Due to the small number of teams competing in the CHSAA, their state tournament is much smaller than most. The Semi-finals will be tonight 10/22 and the finals will be Monday Oct 27th at 7pm. Here is the tournament bracket. Smoky Hill will play St. Mary's Academy in the first game followed by Mountain Vista and Kent Denver in the 2nd to determine the 2008 finalists. Best of luck to all teams still competing!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Upset City!!

There were major upsets across high school and college field hockey over the weekend, leaving all respective play-offs wide open. In college action, #9 Uconn became the first team this season to beat #1 Syracuse. In the Big East battle, Uconn's Melissa Gonzalez scored almost 4:30 into the game and would eventually count as the game winner.
#7 UNC was successful in their back to back games this weekend beating #13 UVA 3-0 and #6 JMU 1-0 all without their top scorer Dani Forword, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The upperclassmen on this Tar Heel team refused to back down after losing Forword as each Senior put in a goal this weekend and Junior Mel Brill added a huge defensive save in the last minute of regulation against JMU to hold onto the double win weekend.
Unranked Michigan upset #4 Michigan State 1-0 while unranked Ohio State defeated #8 Iowa 2-0. The Big Ten standings, results and schedules can be found here: http://http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/w-fieldh/stats/2008-2009/confsked.html.
Old Dominion continues to struggle this season after losing several foreign players from last years team. They are now (6-10) after losing two close matches this weekend against #2 Maryland and #5 Duke. ODU lost both games 2-1, but put up a good fight against two very strong teams.
High School field hockey teams are preparing for District and State play-offs which brings together Emmaus HS from Pennsylvania and Eastern HS from New Jersey for their annual inter-state match up. Both teams benefit from this highly competitive game without the threat of elimination heading into play-offs. Emmaus held the #1 ranking on Hockeypower.com heading into the game but Eastern came out on top thanks to a stroke by Melanie Dawson just over 10 minutes into the game. As all good teams do, Emmaus will learn more from this loss than they have learned from every win this season, hopefully earning them yet another State Championship.
Keep us posted on games in your area and best of luck to everyone still competing.

Yours in Sport,

Alli

Friday, October 17, 2008

October Madness

Play-offs are here and to no surprise there have already been some major upsets. Penn Manor (Millersville, PA) who had yet to lose a game all season lost its Lancaster Lebanon semi-final game against Donegal who then went on to beat the historic DIII powerhouse, Warwick and take home the trophy. At this point, all the teams still standing are good and on any given day anyone can beat anyone, hence the madness.
Out in Colorado, since they have such a small group of schools that play, have already begun state play-offs. Mountain Vista, a team who only won 5 games two years ago beat the reigning state champion Cherry Creek last night in the quarter-finals. Check out the write up and take a close look at the sticks the girls are using... C:\Documents and Settings\atanner\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\OLKA4\Mountain Vista field hockey takes on Grandview High School Stories Highlands Ranch YourHub_com (2).mht
Emmaus now (19-0) won the Lehigh Valley Conference and is set to play Eastern (New Jersey) tomorrow, 10/18, in a friendly match in preparation for their respective state tournaments.
Wyoming Seminary avenged last weeks loss to Lackawanna Trail yesterday by beating them 3-0 in their league championship. See what I mean by any given day...
In college action, #1 Syracuse will host Big East rival Uconn on Saturday. I am excited to get the details on this game as these teams will no doubt bring out the best in each other.
#7 UNC will host neighbors #13 UVA and # 6 JMU in a tough back to back weekend in Chapel Hill.
Check back Monday for results!

Have a great weekend,

Alli

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Championship Season!!

Public High Schools across the country are heading to play-offs this week! (Private schools continue regular season play through Nov.) In Pennsylvania league semi finals are today with the finals set for Thursday Oct. 16th. Emmaus (17-0) looks to conquer the LVC title as Penn Manor (16-0-1) has its sights set on the Lancaster-Lebanon crown.
Colorado begins its State play-offs on Thursday, Oct 16th, followed by NY on Oct. 23, CT on Oct 24th, and NJ on Halloween Oct. 31st.
Between Leagues and Districts Pennsylvania's Emmaus will take on New Jersey's Eastern in a classic interstate battle. The teams offer to prepare each other for the tougher battles they will face in their respective states without the elimination factor. A great idea in my opinion, what do you think? Fair? Smart? Unnecessary?
We have the most exciting month of High School Field Hockey approaching us, be sure to check back as teams battle it out to stay alive for another round.

The new Collegiate rankings were released this morning with Syracuse claiming the #1 spot with a perfect record thus far 14-0. Maryland, Wake Forest, Michigan State and Duke round out the top 5, check here for the complete rankings http://nfhca.org/.

Good Luck to all the teams competing in post season play!!

All the best,

Alli

Monday, October 13, 2008

Congratulations USA U-21 National Team!!

Congratulations to our Under-21 Women's National Team Jr. Pan-Am Gold Medalists!!!! USA Field Hockey was not joking around when they started their Beijing and Beyond campain after Qualfying for the 2008 Olympics in April. The success of our U-21 National Team is proof. This is exciting news for field hockey players, fans and coaches everywhere as we continue our international impact.

Katie O'Donnell, Captain and University of Maryland stand out was the Tournament Top Scorer as she led the USA to an over-time victory over Chile in the final match. With the Gold Medal, USA qualifies for the 2009 BDO Jr. World Cup hosted right here at home in the USA.
Check out the US Field Hockey link for details, pictures and box scores from the entire Jr. Pan-Am Games

GO USA!

Alli

Results! Expected? Unexpected?

Please share your reactions to the results from this past weekend in Collegiate Field Hockey.

Syracuse (14-0), Wake Forest (12-2), Penn State (9-4) and Duke (9-4) made it thru the weekend without a loss. Syracuse embarrassed an 0-11 Georgetown team by winning 16-0 then came back on Sunday to beat American 3-1. I predict they will take over the #1 spot tomorrow (Tuesday) when the new rankings come out. What do you think? Keep in mind, #1 Maryland lost to #9 Duke 3-2 on Saturday.
#3 Wake Forest had wins over two Big Ten teams; #6 Michigan State (12-2) and Northwestern (6-9) while #13 Penn State beat #5 Iowa (11-3); 2-1 and #10 UVA (10-5); 1-0.
After losing their first games of the weekend, #1 Maryland (11-2), #4 UNC (10-3) and #5 Iowa bounced back to win on Sunday but not without leaving the rankings wide open for this week. Where do you think everyone will find themselves Tuesday morning?
Other notable wins came from #17 Drexel (11-3) who beat Old Dominion (6-7); 3-0 in a CAA match-up. This was the first win against ODU in program history for the Drexel Dragons. Keep an eye on Drexel in the second half of the season, I think they are going to surprise some good teams.
In Big Ten play, Indiana (7-6) beat Michigan (6-7); 2-1. Both teams need to pick up some wins in the next few weeks to remain a contender for Big Ten and NCAA play-offs.

For complete College Field Hockey results go to www.fieldhockeycorner.com

Check back for High School and USA Under 21 National Team Results!!

All the best,

Alli

Friday, October 10, 2008

College Field Hockey This Weekend

This weekend promises to follow the rest and produce exciting Collegiate Field Hockey across the Country. With the Big Ten and the ACC continuing their dominance in D1, University Park, PA is going to be the hot spot of the weekend. #13 Penn State, the reigning National Runner-up will host the #10 University of Virginia Cavaliers and the #5 University of Iowa Hawkeyes this weekend. Check out PSU's write up of the weekend, http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/w-fieldh/spec-rel/100808aab.html. Although I already knew PA was a hotbed for HS field hockey, I was surprised to see how many girls from these 3 teams are representing the Keystone state. Wake Forest will travel to the Mid-West to also play 2 Big Ten teams this weekend, Michigan State and Northwestern.

#1 Ranked Maryland will host Duke and U Penn this weekend in efforts to maintain their spot on top. The NCAA has a blog series written by athletes from various sports and divisions. Sarah Scholl, a Senior on the Terapin Field Hockey team has been writting updates on her experiences as a student-athlete all season, check it out; http://www.ncaa.com/default.php?sid=911&id=327894.

#2 Syracuse will battle Georgetown and American University in hopes to continue their unbeaten streak. Do you think they can do it? We'll find out...

If you're in the area, try to make it out to see a game, it's always better live!

Yours in Sport,

Alli

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thank you!

Thank you for you patience and participation on our site. We are working hard to add all of the necessary features and make sure your team is ranked properly! At this point, every HS Field Hockey team in the nation should be listed on the site with scores coming via automatic update as we speak.
In the mean time, keep spreading the word... Field Hockey is on it's way to the main stream!

The new NFHCA Div. 1 Poll was release this morning with the top 5 holding strong. http://nfhca.org/ The rankings are based on NFHCA member/coach votes and records through the previous weekend. Voting members take into account not only the win/loss record but also strength of schedule. Some of you may question why #1 Maryland (10-1) is ranked ahead of #2 Syracuse (12-0) when Syracuse infact beat Maryland this season. The answer lies within their strength of schedules. Maryland has beaten 6 ranked teams so far (#3, 9, 10, 13, 15, 20) while Syracuse has only beaten 4 (#1, 6, 11, 17). If Syracuse was to lose a game, where do you think they would fall in the rankings? It of course depends who they lose to, but keep in mind the other top 5 teams have only lost to each other, except when Iowa lost to #9 Duke. The last month of regular season should be interesting as #1 Maryland and #5 Iowa still have 3 ranked teams to play while #2 Syracuse, #3 Wake Forest and #4 UNC each have 4 ranked teams remaining in their list of things to do.

I am awaiting scores from 3 of our Undefeated High School teams (Penn Manor, Emmaus, and Wyoming Seminary), if you were able to catch the game or know the score, please update it for us!

All the best,

Alli

Monday, October 6, 2008

7 Survive the Weekend, Remain Unbeaten

This weekend in High School Field Hockey, Tower Hill lost its first game of the season, 1-0 to Wilmington Friends out of Delaware. The rest of the unbeatens we listed won their games and continue their winning streaks. Emmaus High School won a close one against Owen J. Roberts 1-0 and will play again tomorrow Oct. 7th. Penn Manor beat L.L league opponent Cedar Crest and improves to 15-0, but faces long time rival, Warwick this afternoon. The Hotchkiss School out of CT improves to 6-0 as they beat Northfield Mount Hermon. Wyoming Seminary also won and improves to 14-0. Sem is set to play neighbor Crestwood on Tuesday, Oct 7th. Stay tuned as we update high school scores throughout the week.

In collegiate action, #2 Syracuse (12-0), beat Yale to remain the only Division 1 undefeated team. They will head to Maryland this weekend to play a Big East game against Georgetown. IUP and Bowdoin also won to become the only undefeated teams in their respective divisions.
UNC won their rematch with Wake Forest, 4-3, in another classic ACC match-up.

Any comments on the games listed? Please feel free to comment!

Yours in Sport,

Alli

Friday, October 3, 2008

Unbeatens!!!

Who will make it through the weekend with their record intact?

The following teams are currently UNDEFEATED

High School
Tower Hill School, DE (7-0) vs. Wilmington Friends (5-2-1)
Emmaus HS, PA (13-0) vs. Owen J. Roberts (7-4)
Penn Manor HS, PA (14-0) vs. Cedar Crest
Wyoming Seminary, PA (13-0) vs. Lake Lehman
Hotchkiss, CT (5-0) vs. Northfield Mount Hermon

College
D1 - Syracuse (11-0)
D2 - Indiana Univ. of PA (9-0)
D3 - Bowdin (8-0), Middlebury (6-0), Johns Hopkins Univ. (9-0)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Get Involved!!

Coaches and Players, help us help you! Sometimes it takes just as much effort off the field as it does on the field to succeed. We are committed to meet your demands in both places. Contribute to the blog, rank teams, share local and national news, or simply let us know what you would like to see and we'll do whatever we can to make it happen.



This week in college field hockey, the Univ. of Maryland, Indiana Univ. of PA and Bowdoin have secured #1 rankings in their respective divisions. Check out http://ncaa.com/fieldhockey/default.aspx?id=188 for the complete rankings and other collegiate news.
Wake Forest will take on North Carolina this Saturday in a classic ACC match-up. This is the second meeting of these two top 5 teams this season, Wake Forest won the first clash in a triple overtime thriller.



Tower Hill remains on top of our National High School rankings on http://hockeypower.com/ as they continue to find success and remain undefeated thus far. Emmaus High School out of Allentown, PA is also undefeated as well as their State Championship opponent, Penn Manor from Millersville, PA. Check back often to hockeypower.com and look for little green or red arrows indicating movement within the rankings.

Yours in sport,

Alli

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Welcome to Harrow Field Hockey!

Hi and welcome to our field hockey blog! Check here for updates on our products, new adventures, and exciting field hockey news across the country.  As a new member of the Harrow team I am thrilled to be able to share my thoughts on the game we all love, and introduce our newest products that I have been lucky enough to have sneak peak at.  My personal favorites of our 2008 line are the Title IX and Pulse sticks, as a forward they offer everything I look for in an elite stick.  Check out our website, hockeystick.com for the specifics on those sticks and other equipment.  While you're there, look for your team store and see where you rank on hockeypower.com.  If there's anything missing just let us know, we are ready and willing to cover all the bases and have answers waiting for you.  

There is a new division 1 national #1 this week as The University of Maryland was upset by Syracuse last weekend making Wake Forest #1 followed by Maryland at #2, Syracuse at #3 with Final Four participant UConn at #4 and the reigning National Champions, UNC, at #5.  This season is already proving to be one of the most exciting and unpredictable seasons we've seen in recent years, I can't wait to see what happens this weekend let alone the rest of the season! 

Thanks for visiting our blog, check back often to see what's happening!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Shot in the Dark

Harrow's about to be big, we're excited to share what we're doing.

We've got all new lacrosse, field hockey, hockey, and squash lines ready for 2009, new customization technologies coming online, and an in-house screening and embroidery shop that's looking to help coaches in every way we can. Not to mention the fact that our talented sales force and brand managers are out there every day, playing, coaching, and living the game - and they've got a lot to share.

So watch this space... it's been a long time coming.