Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wildcats stay tough on NJAC American foes

Junior midfielder Darby Smith scored a pair of goals to help lead High Point to a 5-1 win over Mount Olive on Thursday in a Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference field hockey clash in Flanders.

High Point (18-1 overall, 13-0 division) claimed its second straight American Division championship with Tuesday's 2-1 win over Vernon. Coach Bev Keur's Wildcats, who have won three straight since a 3-1 loss to Warren Hills in the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex final on Saturday, have won 27 divisional games in a row dating to last year. High Point was a perfect 14-0 in 2010, its first year in the realigned American after playing its inaugural NJAC season in the National Division.

Smith, now with 24 goals and six assists, has a team-high 54 points this season and 107 for her career. She is five points shy of matching Leslie Dube (112) for the school record and three goals away from tying the 'Cats career mark of 50.

Senior Nikki Hull, Sashal Hagan and Brittany Papa also scored in Thursday's win. Hull now has 106 career points with 38 goals and 30 assists.

High Point also defeated Mount Olive, 10-1, on Sept. 27.

High Point, the No. 1 seed in the North 1, Group 3 playoffs, will host the winner of Saturday's Mount Olive-Montville first-round matchup in next week's quarterfinals.

In other NJAC action:

Pope John 3, Morris Hills 1 -- Meghan Chrobock, Beth Dauer and Kim Piwko all scored to lead the Lions (7-10, 7-7) to a win in their final American Division game in Sparta. Coach Susan Blanchard's Lions, the No. 10 seed, travel to No. 7 Newton on Friday for a first-round game in the North 1, Group 2 playoffs. Newton won, 4-2, in a regular-season meeting between the Sussex County schools on Oct. 21.


  1. Hey Mike, it's JJ.

    I have Darby Smith with 24 goals and 5 assists this year and 47 G, 13 A for her career (107 points).

    But for Nikki Hull, I have 17 goals and 13 assists this year and 38 G, 30 A for her career (106).

    You have Hull with 109 points with an extra goal and assist for her career.

  2. JJ;

    I have Smith with six assists this season and 47 goals, 13 assists career for 107 points.

    For Hull, my math was bad, I have 38 goals and 29 assists for 105 points, though I may be missing an assist. I will go with 106.

  3. Sounds good.
    And for what it's worth, Smith's game log on this season has her at 24 and 5. But somehow I still have her at 107 career points.