Varsity Field Hockey 2018-2019 Season
George School vs The Hill School (Scrimmage)—Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.
Due to the dangerous heat and humidity today, the field hockey scrimmage has been canceled.
George School vs Morrisville High School (Scrimmage)—Friday, August 31, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m.
George School vs Conwell-Egan Catholic High School—Friday, September 7, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
After a grueling two-week preseason and a third hot and humid week of tryouts and practice, the varsity hockey team finally played our first game on our beautiful turf field against local opponent, Conwell Egan School. Our team was eager to step onto the field and begin the season! It was an impressive first game for our team! We played with a determination to succeed and a desire to put that ball in the goal, and that we did! Final score: GS - 8 and CEC - 0. Everyone got to play and everyone was challenged in one way or another. The defense (tri-captain Camille Drury ’19, Mallory Fritsch ’19, tri-captain Lea Jensen ’19, Leyna Kirsh ’22, and Matisse VanGeem ’19) did a nice job of keeping the ball out of the circle for most of the game, but goalie (and tri-captain) Vanessa Baker ’19 stopped a dangerous 1v1 attack by Conwell and earned five saves in the game. The midfielders (Cosima Janssen ’20, Eva Kinnel ’20, and Emily Matson ’20) did an awesome job distributing the ball and helping out on both the attacking and defensive end. Kudos also to our attack (Izzy Robinson-Cloete ’20, Annie Borovskiy ’20, Kate Hunter ’20, Ada Wagar ’21, and Sanaa Hebron ’22) for working well together, passing the ball down the field with control and precision, and finishing off shots into the goal! Leading the scorers was newcomer Sanaa with a hat trick, Eva had two, and Annie, Cosima, and Izzy had one apiece. Cosima also had two lovely assists, with Annie, Sanaa, and Ada each helping with one goal. It was a fun way to start off the season! Our next game is on Tuesday at Morrisville High School at 3:45 p.m. Hope to see you there, cheering for the GS Cougars! “We are GS, we are hockey, we are one team!” Go, GS Cougars!
George School @ Morrisville High School—Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ 3:45 p.m.
The varsity hockey team traveled to a local public school, Morrisville High School, to play our second game of the season on their grass field. Although GS started off slowly, the team picked up their game and ended up scoring five goals in the first half and two in the second half, winning 7-0. Leading the way was forward Sanaa Hebron ’22 with four goals. Forward Izzy Robinson-Cloete ’20 cherry-picked two balls into the goal, and middie Eva Kinnel ’20 scored one. We had three assists, one apiece from Cosima Janssen ’20, Eva, and Ada Wagar ’21! The defense did a nice job stopping the Bulldogs from reaching our defensive circle and thus our goalie, Vanessa Baker ’19, did not touch the ball in the game. We worked a lot on our possession skills and use of the defense to maintain control of the game. This is a great group of student-athletes to work with, as they love the game, play hard, use each other as they pass the ball down the field, and want to win! Can’t wait for our next game on Saturday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. We will be playing our game on our grass field. Hope to see you there, ready to cheer these athletes onto victory! Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs Lansdale Catholic High School—Saturday, September 15, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.
The varsity team earned its third win of the season, topping Lansdale Catholic on Saturday, playing at home, in front of a supportive crowd on our grass field. Although the ball moved a little slower than when on our turf, it did not stop the cougars from playing with intensity and with a desire to win every ball. The players worked the ball around the field, trying to focus on maintaining possession and finishing up the passes. Defense did another excellent job of keeping the ball out of the circle as much as possible. Our goalie, Vanessa Baker made four saves in the contest! Final score was George School: 4 and Lansdale Catholic: 1. Scorers for GS were Eva Kinnel with 2 goals, Sanaa Hebron with 1, and Ada Wagar with 1. Kinnel also had an assist, as did Cosima Janssen, Emily Matson, and Annie Borovskiy.
GS faces another opponent today (Monday, Sept. 17) at 4:00. We will be hosting Stuart Country Day on our turf field. Come on out and support the Cougars! Hope to see you later today! Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs Stuart Country Day School—Monday, September 17, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The George School varsity field hockey team played an exciting home match on our turf against New Jersey opponent Stuart Country Day School. It was a fast-paced, intense thriller for sure, with a lot of midfield play, good stick work, and up-and-down sprinting on the field. Stuart scored first, putting two goals in the cage in the first half. This did not stop GS from playing with a focused determination to get that ball into our circle and score. In the second half, junior forward Izzy Robinson-Cloete took the ball herself into the circle and smacked it into the left-hand corner past Stuart’s goalie for a beautiful goal! We continued fighting hard, digging deep to play the game. Although the final outcome of the contest was 2-1 Stuart, I am so proud of how our athletes played to the very last second of the game as a team, showing impressive character and fortitude! It was an excellent test for us and we learned a lot along the way on what we do well and what we need to work on as we face stiffer competition in the future. We continue to appreciate all of the fan support and the tasty snacks that the parents supply after the game! The next contests are back-to-back with Solebury School on Friday at GS on our turf at 4:15 p.m., and then Peddie School, away on their turf field at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday. Hope to see you all there! Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs Solebury School—Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 4:15 p.m.
The George School varsity field hockey team played a local opponent, Solebury School, at home on our turf field. Our team played a nice passing game, trying diligently to work on our back passes, change of field, and accuracy of our passes. GS won the game 6-0, with Cosima Janssen and Emily Matson leading the way with two goals apiece and Sanaa Hebron and Izzy Robinson-Cloete with one score each. Annie Borovskiy and Eva Kinnel assisted in two goals each, while ninth grader Leyna Kirsh helped out with her first assist of the season. It was a fun day to play a game that we all love! Well done, Cougars!
George School @ Peddie School—Saturday, September 22, 2018 @ 1:15 p.m.
The varsity field hockey team traveled to Peddie School for a Saturday afternoon game on their turf field. It was a beautiful fall day, perfect for a game of field hockey! The Cougars played an excellent team game throughout the contest, ultimately winning 6-0. The first goal was put into the back of the cage early with less than seven minutes expired in the contest through a rush by the forwards. Annie Borovskiy scored the goal, assisted by Izzy Robinson-Cloete. The next goal was scored by Sanaa Hebron with a double assist from Eva Kinnel and Emily Matson, eleven minutes later. Cosima Janssen scored the third and final goal of the first half, unassisted with a well-placed drive at the top of the circle with four minutes left. Three goals were scored in the second period. Hebron scored another one and assisted in a third goal. Robinson-Cloete put a goal into the cage and Borovskiy scored the final (and her second goal) of the contest! Defensively, the team did a stellar job, shutting down every Peddie attack! Kudos to the entire team for their stellar play! It was a joy to watch! Next game is on Tuesday against Pennington at GS on our turf at 4:00 p.m.. Hope to see you all there, cheering loudly and proudly for GS hockey! Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs The Pennington School—Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School vs Friends Select School—Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity field hockey team played their first Friends Schools League contest on Friday against Friends Select School at home on our turf. It proved to be one of the more exciting and well-matched games of the season so far and was played with intensity and speed from the very first whistle to the final one of the contest. The ball went up and down the field, and the score went back and forth as well! FSS scored first in the game in the first four minutes of play, but GS came back at the eleven-minute mark with a beautiful goal by junior middie Eva Kinnel. Less than three minutes later, junior forward Izzy Robinson-Cloete rushed the ball into the goal off of an assist by ninth grader Sanaa Hebron. The end of the first half saw GS with the lead, 2-1.
Second half was equally intense as the first period, with our Cougars determined to win the game! But with just three minutes into the half, FSS tied the score 2-2. GS fought hard, as did FSS, both teams with quick restarts, accurate and powerful passes, and a determination to succeed! Debbie and I could tell though that our Cougars wanted that ball, wanted a corner, and wanted to score! With 8:53 left, GS secured a corner. All eyes were on the set play! Junior forward Kate Hunter inserted a perfect pass to junior Cosima Janssen, who drove the ball right into the corner of the cage, making the score 3-2. GS did not get a chance to rest after the goal, as the play by both teams continued to be impressive. GS played with such incredible fortitude, heart and focus! The game finally ended with no more goals being scored and GS earning this important FSL first win! I was so proud of the effort put forth by our entire squad! It was a fun game to watch! Congrats to GS hockey and to FSS for a well-played game!
Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs The Baldwin School—Saturday, September 29, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.
The girls’ varsity field hockey team played Inter-Ac opponent Baldwin School on Cougar field on a beautiful fall Saturday! GS dominated from the start of the game, eventually winning 8-0. Our athletes played as a team with precision and speed throughout the contest. The give and go’s, the pressure and cover, and the dodging by the entire team were excellent throughout the afternoon contest. Playing two games in a row is never an easy task, but our players showed remarkable stamina and team pride and continue to grow through each experience. Their passion for the game is undeniable, as is their determination to succeed and work hard for each other. The goals in the game were scored by Izzy Robinson-Cloete (2), Annie Borovskiy, Cosima Janssen, Camille Drury (her first goal ever), Sanaa Hebron, Leyna Kirsh (her first goal ever), and Ada Wagar. Assists in the match were earned by Sanaa, Cosima, Leyna, and Izzy. Vanessa Baker, our fearless goalie, made six saves and our defense (Camille, Mallory Fritsch, Lizzy Bovee, Cosima, Eva Kinnel, Leyna, Lea Jensen, and Matisse Van Geem) secured another shutout this season. Kudos to the team!
This is a big week for us with two away FSL games (FCS on Tuesday and ANC on Thursday), as well as new local opponent Bristol High School on Friday! We hope to see a GS crowd at the games! Thanks for all of your continued support! Go, GS Cougars!!!!
George School @ Friends’ Central School—Tuesday, October 2, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity hockey team hopped on a bus to travel to FSL opponent, Friends’ Central School. Although it was a long trip, once we got there and warmed up, we were ready to play on their grass field! GS put the ball into the goal early on with a beautiful goal by Izzy Robinson-Cloete, assisted by Sanaa Hebron at the 23-minute mark! With play being a little choppy and the ball moving a bit slow, GS did their best to try to get the ball into the offensive end. With just over 3 minutes left into the first half, Robinson-Cloete and Hebron scored another goal, this time with Hebron being the one who finished it off into the backboards! Halftime score was GS: 2, FCS: 0. In the second period, GS continued to fight hard for the ball. At 18:24, Ada Wagar caught a center pass across goal from Hebron and followed it into the goal for her third goal of the season. A fourth and final goal was quickly scored about a minute later. It was a beauty with Hebron chasing the ball down to the endline and placing her shot perfectly past the goalie for the score! Defense (Lizzy Bovee, Camille Drury, Mallory Fritsch, Lea Jensen, Cosi Janssen, Eva Kinnel, and Matisse Van Geem) continues to work doggedly to stop any kind of offensive threat to goal. Vanessa Baker did a nice job protecting the cage as well. Our next game is another FSL contest at Academy of the New Church on Thursday at 4:00. Keep coming out and supporting these scholar-athletes! We all appreciate it! Go, GS Cougars!
George School @ Academy of the New Church—Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
In the Bucks County Courier Times on Friday, October 5, 2018:
"Sanaa Hebron and Izzy Robinson-Cloete each scored a goal to give the Cougars the edge in a Friends Schools League game. Goalie Vanessa Baker posted 10 saves in the win."
George School vs Bristol High School—Friday, October 5, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity field hockey team played new local opponent Bristol High School on Friday on our turf field. Although a little bit tired from the game day before, our players played a competitive team game and won 5-0. Eva Kinnel led the team, scoring two beauties in the first half. Defender Mallory Fritsch scored her first goal of her stellar career at GS, while Sanaa Hebron and Izzy Robinson-Cloete scored one apiece as well. Hebron had two assists, while Cosima Janssen aided in one more! Vanessa Baker had one save in the game and the defense secured another shutout, the seventh of the season! Well done, GS!
This week is a big Friends Schools League week for the squad. On Tuesday we play Shipley at their place on turf and on Friday we meet up with Westtown, here at GS. The regular season is quickly coming to an end, and I want to let people know that our senior game in which we honor our five seniors, Mallory Fritsch, Matisse VanGeem, Camille Drury, Vanessa Baker, and Lea Jensen, will be on Friday, October 19 after the Germantown Friends School home game. Please make sure you come out and support our athletes and help me to thank our seniors for all of their contributions to the hockey team and to GS through the years!
Go, GS Cougars!!
George School @ Shipley School—Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity hockey team traveled to FSL opponent Shipley School to play our fourth league game of the season on their turf field. It was an exciting game from the start. Both teams played with skill and speed, knowing that this was a crucial win for both teams. GS got on the board first with a perfectly placed penalty stroke by junior midfielder Eva Kinnel. It is never an easy task to step up and put the ball into the goal cage in that kind of situation, but Kinnel confidently volunteered and never looked back! First half ended with GS up 1-0. Second half was equally thrilling. Shipley put the ball in first, tying the game 1-1. But GS was determined to score again, and that they did with a goal by junior Annie Borovskiy, assisted by junior Izzy Robinson-Cloete. Both teams had opportunities to score again and the ball continued to swing to both ends of the field. The Cougars defense played exceptionally well at the end thwarting a Shipley comeback. Kudos to Vanessa Baker, Mallory Fritsch, Camille Drury, Lizzy Bovee, Lea Jensen, Cosi Janssen, Emily Matson, and Eva for incredible displays of perseverance, grit, and fire in their belly! Vanessa had thirteen jaw-dropping saves in the contest, and the defenders surrounding her fought hard and valiantly for her and all of their teammates! I am so proud of the entire squad for their effort, skill, teamwork, support of each other, and fortitude. There is an undeniable chemistry with this group of scholar-athletes! I am so proud of each and every one of them! Next game is Westtown at home at 4:00 p.m. on the turf on Friday. We need you there to cheer loudly and proudly! Remember the senior game is next Friday, October 19. Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs Westtown School—Friday, October 12, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity hockey team welcomed opponent Westtown School to our campus for our fifth Friends Schools League game of the season on a perfect fall afternoon. The teams were playing not only for a League point but for the chance to earn a point for the Patterson Cup, more affectionately known as a “Moose Point!” George School got on the board quickly with a goal in the first five minutes of play off a beautiful corner shot by Cosima Janssen that was tipped in by Sanaa Hebron. Next goal game occurred about seven minutes later when Annie Borovskiy scored her first of two goals. Sanaa assisted in this score! Our third and final goal of the first period was scored by Emily Matson who was assisted by Cosima. In the second half, Annie scored as did Kate Hunter. Izzy Robinson-Cloete and Ada Wagar assisted on these goals. Westtown scored once in the second period to make the final score 5-1, GS earns a coveted Moose Point!! It was a well-played game by our squad and once again our defense played “out of their mind” throughout the game—Vanessa Baker (our goalie), Mallory Fritsch, Camille Drury, Lizzy Bovee, Eva Kinnel, Matisse VanGeem, Lea Jensen, and Cosima stopped most offensive threats by Westtown. It was an exciting game and fun to watch! Next game is away at Moorestown Friends School on Tuesday. Don’t forget that we our honoring our wonderful seniors, Camille , Lea, Mallory, Matisse, and Vanessa on Friday after we play Germantown Friends School! If you would like to bring some food to help celebrate our seniors and their careers and contributions to the hockey program, that would be awesome! Hope to see you all there for Tuesday at MFS and Friday at GS! Go, GS Cougars!
George School @ Moorestown Friends School—Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity hockey team traveled to Moorestown Friends School to play another FSL contest on their grass field on a brisk fall afternoon. George School started off slowly but did their best trying to thwart the MFS attack. Unfortunately, with about six minutes left in the half, Moorestown scored a goal. Halftime score was 1-0, the foxes were in the lead. In the second half, the cougars ran out on the field with a resolve to play a stronger team game, score some goals, and win the contest. The team played a better all-around game and created a number of opportunities to score, but just could not get the ball across the end line! The defense also fought hard to keep the opponents from getting into the circle, finding much more success overall. Although GS eventually lost the match, I was proud of our athletes and the grit, muscle, and fight that they demonstrated throughout the game! A special shout-out to Vanessa Baker, our goalie, who played another sensational game! We will be back on the pitch on Friday against GFS, at home on the turf at 4:00 p.m. Come out and support our team as we honor our wonderful seniors (Camille, Vanesa, Mallory, Matisse, and Lea) after the game! Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs Germantown Friends School—Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
Varsity field hockey played their last game of the regular season against FSL opponent Germantown Friends School in a contest in which we honored our five seniors, Matisse Van Geem, Mallory Fritsch, and tri-captains Vanessa Baker, Lea Jensen, and Camille Drury for their stellar play, leadership, laughter, and commitment. I want to thank these five student-athletes and talented players for all they have given to the program through the years!
The team played an excellent game, scoring eight goals and securing their eighth shut-out of the season. Goal scorers were Annie Borovskiy (2 goals), Sanaa Hebron (1), Kate Hunter (1), Cosima Janssen (1), Eva Kinnel (1), Izzy Robinson-Cloete (1), and Matisse (who scored her first goal of her career!). Assists were attributed to Annie (2), Sanaa (1), Eva (1) and Izzy (1). GS controlled the game by maintaining possession and passing beautifully to teammates throughout the game. The middies (Lea, Cosima, and Eva) and the defense (Mallory, Camille, Lizzy Bovee, Vanessa, Kate, Matisse, and Leyna Kirsh) protected the circle ferociously!
Winning this game put GS in first place in the League, but there are a few games left to be played to determine whether we get the first or second seed for play-offs. We did secure a home seed though and will thus host one of the semi-finals games this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. on our turf. We need as many fans as possible to cheer on this amazing group of players! See you there! Go, GS Cougars!
George School @ FSL Semi-Finals (GS vs MFS)—Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 3:15 p.m.
The varsity field hockey team earned the #1 seed for the FSL playoffs, and thus hosted the #4 seed, Moorestown Friends School, yesterday on Cougar Field. We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game as we lost to MFS in the regular season 1-0. In order to win, we needed to step up our play and continue to fight for possession of the ball with every ounce of strength that we had! The team did not let us down! The game was an exciting back and forth nail-biter. With just five minutes into the first half, the Foxes scored the first goal. MFS was up, 1-0. But the GS players never flinched and got right back into the business of playing our game! Three minutes later GS scored with a beautiful goal by junior Annie Borovskiy. She was assisted by both Izzy Robinson-Cloete and Sanaa Hebron. The contest continued and both teams played with energy, determination, and fight! There were opportunities by both teams to score, again, to no avail. For GS, the defense did a wonderful job of stopping the MFS attack. Goalkeeper Vanessa Baker made nine spectacular saves in the regulation game! The offense did an excellent job of pushing the ball up the field and forcing corners. The game ended in regulation though as a 1-1 tie. Overtime procedures were now in effect! The teams battled it out in OT number one, a fifteen-minute, 7 v 7, sudden victory, full-field game—was it ever intense and exciting! But still, no score, so OT number two, another 7 v 7 overtime period. The ball went back and forth, with both teams having some heart-stopping fast breaks. Again, the defense was outstanding in stopping MFS from scoring. And the attack sped down the field with the ball, eager to score! Baker had another four incredible saves in the OT periods. Finally, with about eight minutes left, freshman Sanaa Hebron took the ball down the field and scored a drive past the goalie! GS won, 2-1!!!!!!!! What a fantastic ending to the game!
All credit goes to these fifteen players, a team that is small but mighty. A team with an overflow of heart and grit! A team that loves to play and loves to win! A team that never gives up. Next game will be Thursday, November 1 at 3:15 p.m.—the FSL championship at George School against #2 seed, Academy of the New Church (a 1-0 winner over Shipley). Come out and support these scholar-athletes just one more time! We need you there to cheer loudly and proudly! Go, GS Cougars!
George School @ FSL Finals (GS vs ANC)—Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 3:15 p.m.
The varsity field hockey team stepped onto our turf field for their final game of the season, hosting the FSL championship game against ANC. It was another beautiful day to play and the George School bleachers were packed with students, teachers, staff, parents, alumni, former players, and friends. The Cougar Crazies were at their best; loud, crazy, and supportive throughout the game which was much appreciated by the team! The contest was intense, fast-paced, exciting, and well-played by both teams. The offense worked hard to try to get the ball down the field to score and the defense thwarted many offensive attacks by ANC. Sadly with about two minutes left, ANC scored on a corner with a perfectly placed and powerful drive into the right corner. The final score was 1-0, ANC the victor.
Debbie and I were so proud of their play yesterday and during the entire season! This was an incredible team! From the very start of preseason, as we saw these players work together and come together, we knew this was going to be a great season! They all showed so much heart, skill, grit, and determination yesterday and in every game! They never quit trying and playing for each other! Each of them improved in your own way and contributed different things to the group as a whole! As a team, they grew in leaps and bounds because of their endless energy and effort, their love of your game, and their chemistry on the team which was as strong as I have ever seen. They represented George School with so much class! I know it was hard to lose yesterday, but we felt so lucky to have gotten to coach them all as individuals and as a team. We want to thank our seniors, Camille, Vanessa, Mallory, Lea, and Matisse, for their inspirational leadership, their dedication, their insight, and their game play – we will miss them sorely! And thank you to Annie, Lizzy, Sanaa, Kate, Cosima, Eva, Leyna, Emily, Izzy, and Ada for giving so much of time, energy, and love to this sport and to this team! Going out to the field each day, coaching this group, was a joy and a blessing for me! Congrats again, to Varsity Field Hockey, for one sensational season!