Teams always hope to be playing at their peak as the regular season winds down, with the goal of reaching their full potential in the postseason.
The Northwestern field hockey team certainly feels it is on track to do just that.
The Northwestern golf team had aspirations of finishing as a top-four team in the Colonial League and qualifying for the league championships at the beginning of the season. The Tigers, which finished the regular season at 10-3 in the North Division, achieved that goal with back-to-back wins over Bangor in the last week of the regular season.
As Northwestern approaches the final third of the season, the Lady Tigers find themselves in a familiar position under head coach Kelly Bleam. Much like in past years, they are sniffing yet another Colonial League playoff appearance with a 6-1-1 record in league games.
Since falling to Southern Lehigh on September 16, Northwestern hasn’t lost a match. The Lady Tigers won two of their next three games, including a 9-1 romp over Pen Argyl on Monday. One of their more tested games came last week against Salisbury, which is now the lone unbeaten team remaining in the Colonial League.
When an avalanche starts to fall, it begins to pick up speed as it rushes down a mountain. Before you know it, the tumbling snow is too much to overcome.
The Northwestern field hockey team put on its own rendition of an avalanche over the weekend against Salisbury.
After not scoring in the opening 30 minutes, one early second-half goal resulted in a snowball effect for the Lady Tigers’ scoring the rest of the morning. Northwestern (2-3-1) scored three in the span of 10:17 to shut out Salisbury 3-0 on Saturday morning.
It’s hard to believe, but as of this week, just two weeks remain in the Colonial League regular season golf schedule. And as Northwestern hits the home stretch of league play, head coach Tim Miller can’t be upset with the results he’s seen so far.
Tuesday’s 432-553 victory over Notre Dame (Green Pond) positioned Northwestern at 5-2 in league play with roughly half the league slate behind them. The Tigers’ only losses came against Moravian Academy and Southern Lehigh.
When you lose arguably the league’s top player to graduation, a goal-scoring machine in JD Haaf that set Northwestern’s single-season record with 46 goals, how could a team possibly return to that level that won Colonial League and District 11 Class 2A titles?
Northwestern head coach Nate Hunsicker doesn’t expect his Tigers to reach those heights in 2016. He believes this team can be even better a year later.
Several former Northwestern Lehigh High School athletes will compete on college teams this fall.
Lehigh University’s leading goal-scorer, Northwestern grad Sabrina Mertz, returns for her sophomore season on the Mountain Hawks’ soccer team after posting seven goals in 2015. That tally didn’t just lead Lehigh, it also ranked fourth among all Patriot League competitors. Mertz, who played in all 18 games, also added three assists and totaled 17 points in her first college season while occupying the midfield position.
Injuries are a part of sports. They can’t prepared for or anticipated.
Unfortunately for the Northern Valley Connie Mack baseball team, it was a couple of injuries that played a big part in the squad not returning to the state tournament this summer, according to manager Dave Laudaslager.
Still, Northern Valley completed the summer season with a successful mark despite missing two of its top players in pitcher Mason Vogwill and infielder Trevor Schreiner. Northern Valley went 12-9 in the regular season and qualified for the Lehigh Valley playoffs just a couple of weeks ago.
Defense has been a staple for the Northwestern boys’ soccer team over the past couple of seasons. That defense helped anchor the Tigers to Colonial League and District 11 Class 2A championships last fall.
Despite graduating a number of key pieces from that unit, the success on defense has certainly translated into the summer.
August 23 marks an important date for recent Northwestern graduate Lydia Danner. It’ll be the first time that she ever steps foot in a classroom.
Being home schooled her entire life, Danner has never been in a public classroom. Learning from the confines of her home in New Tripoli has become the norm over the years. But in late August, she’ll begin her collegiate career at Lehigh Carbon Community College.