Field Hockey Teams to Watch
Archbishop Carroll. The top seed from District 12 in the Class AA state tournament last year, the Patriots were upset by Donegal, 4-3, in the first round. Carroll has one of the area's toughest schedules, including games against Cardinal O'Hara, Notre Dame, and Episcopal Academy.
Cardinal O'Hara. The reigning District 12 Class AAA champion will look to avenge its loss in the state tournament last year and remain the class of the Catholic League. The Lions have nonleague games against some of Southeastern Pa.'s best teams, including Central Bucks South and Episcopal.
Episcopal Academy. The 2012 Pennsylvania Independent Schools champion will have to overcome the loss of eight seniors. The Churchwomen have nonleague games against District 12 powerhouses Cardinal O'Hara and Archbishop Carroll.
Mount St. Joseph. Behind third-year coach Christina Post, who took the Magic to the Class AAA state tournament in her first two seasons, the Mount is looking to knock off perennial Catholic Academies powerhouse Villa Maria.
Notre Dame. The Irish lost to their top rival, Episcopal Academy, in the Independent Schools championship last year after sharing the Inter-Ac League title with the Churchwomen. Notre Dame will be led by cocaptains Moira Putsch, last season's Inquirer player of the year in Southeastern Pa., and Maggie Fitzgerald.
Villa Maria. The only state finalist in the area last year, the Hurricanes have lost in the Class AA final in back-to-back seasons. They will look to make it back-to-back league championships while trying to fend off opponents in an improving Catholic Academies league.
Wissahickon. The Trojans traveled farther in the Class AAA state tournament last year than any other team in District 1 by upsetting Cardinal O'Hara in the first round. Wissahickon will open Suburban One League play Tuesday at home against Upper Dublin.
- Joey Cranney