This past weekend, the MaxPreps National Field Hockey Invitational was held at The Proving Grounds, located in Conshohocken. Currently the #8 team in the country going into the invitational, Palmyra was on the list when invites were sent out. While this was a short trip from Lebanon County, it was not the case for many of the teams making an appearance in the Philly area this past weekend. In order to be invited, teams needed to have been ranked in either the final 2021 regional and/or national rankings, meaning this invitational drew talent from all over the country.
The Palmyra Lady Cougars were given two games this weekend, both falling on Saturday.
In the first game at 11 am, Palmyra squared up against Garnet Valley High School out of Glen Mills, PA.
Katie Lintz scored at the 12:37 mark of the first quarter, then a little over 4 minutes later assisted on Palmyra’s second goal, scored by Alicia Battistelli. The game remained 2-0 at the half, until the 3rd quarter when Addison Sholly scored, with Liv Kirkpatrick assisting. In the fourth quarter, Palmyra added goals by Lintz (Battistelli assisting) and Jovie Weaver (Lintz assisting). The Cougars defense played very well, holding Garnet Valley to three shots on goal, which were all stopped by goalie Hayleigh Lambert.
Palmyra 5, Garnet Valley 0
In the second game, Palmyra drew California powerhouse, Torrey Pines High School. Torrey Pines was ranked #11 in the nation going into Saturday. The Californians are coached by Palmyra alumna, Lindsey Bowman, which raised the level of intrigue for this matchup. Ultimately the game ended up being scheduled as the premiere 5 o’clock game to be played on Villanova Field.
In this game, Torrey Pines struck first in the first quarter on an unassisted goal, taking a 1-0. Just over 3 minutes later, Jovie Weaver (Alaina Bryan assisting) knotted the game at 1-1 before the first quarter ended. In the second quarter, Weaver scored again (Avery Russell assisting) to give Palmyra the lead. The game remained this score when the final whistle sounded. With another strong team defensive effort from Palmyra, Torrey Pines was held to just 3 shots. Hayleigh Lambert saved one, while Piper Taylor made a defensive save.
Palmyra 2, Torrey Pines 1
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