Warriors field hockey prepared for all challenges this season

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  • The 2017 Delaware Valley varsity field hockey team pose for a portrait after defeatig Abington Heights High School (Clarks Summit, Pa.) in varsity field hockey on Sept. 18 (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)

By Josh Lashley

— The optimism surrounding the Delaware Valley High School field hockey program this season is easy to understand. After the players finished with an overall record of 11-7 last year, several varsity-tested student-athletes are back on the roster added in with some very promising newcomers.

The Warriors don’t have a false sense of bravado. It’s a confidence that comes from competing well with top-notch opponents.

Delaware Valley has already earned some key victories this season, and they’re well on their way to achieving their goals on the field.

Key returning players for the Warriors include Kara Gearhart (senior, forward), Eileen Nikles (senior, midfield/defense), Emily Covert (senior, defense), Addy Ross (junior, forward), Brenna Cavallero (junior, midfield), and Skyler Padgett (sophomore, midfield).

“Kara Gearhart, Emily Covert and Eileen Nikles are the captains this season,” Delaware Valley head coach Lindsay Gonzalez said. “I hope that they communicate on the field in a positive and constructive way. I also want them to lead by example.”

New faces to the varsity lineup are already paying off.

“Carly Lehmkuhl moved in from Kittatinny High School (New Jersey) this season,” Gonzalez said. “She is a junior defender and has been a huge asset to our team. Also, Emily Festa is a promising freshman who decided to try goalie for us this season since our starting goalie graduated. Mia Machado, a junior softball player decided to play field hockey for the first time this season since we didn't have a starting varsity goalie set.”

With considerable depth across the field, the Warriors have high aspirations. They have a home game scheduled versus Hazelton Area on Sept. 29.

"I would like to be District II AAA champions this season,” Gonzalez said. “I believe the team has what it takes. In order to do this, we need to work together as a team and support each other on and off the field.

“We need to beat Hazleton and Lackawanna Trail. Wyoming Seminary is a top notch team. They produce Olympic players often. Almost all of their starters this season have a Division II or Division I offers either on the table or pending. Most of the teams we play in the Wyoming Valley Conference have at least one player planning on playing Division I field hockey at the college level. It is a powerhouse conference for field hockey in the nation.”

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