PIAA Field Hockey: Wyoming Seminary Falls Just Short Of Class A Title

November 19, 2017 GMT

WHITEHALL — The Greenwood Wildcats played the game they wanted to play.

It didn’t have to be perfect — that’d be too much to ask — but it had to be their game and their style, unwavering from their game plan.

That made a big difference in Greenwood’s 2-1 win Saturday against Wyoming Seminary for the PIAA Class A field hockey championship.

“I just don’t think we played our game today,” said Sem junior Aubrey Mytych. “I think we may have gotten a little bit frazzled. But I also think that there were some other factors that played a role.”

One of them could have been Greenwood junior Paityn Wirth, an All-American candidate who put the Blue Knights on edge by scoring 6:57 into the contest.

It was the first deficit of the postseason for the Blue Knights (20-1), one of the state’s top programs with six PIAA championships, the most recent of which in 2013 predated any current Blue Knights’ varsity experience.


“They came out like gangbusters,” Sem head coach Karen Klassner said of the victors. “We didn’t really come with our A-game today, but that’s fine. I think what people lose sight of us is our kids have never been in a state championship, either. They come from a program that the pressure that the kids feel for games like this is really great.”

The Blue Knights responded to that early adversity with a goal of their own, tying the game 1-1 with 4:34 left in the half.

After weathering the storm amid Greenwood controlling much of the first half, Kelsey Reznick launched a shot on goal blocked by Kelsey Sheaffer, who allowed Mytych’s rebound to find the back of the cage.

However, soon followed another Greenwood goal with 43 seconds left in the half.

Sem goalkeeper Mia Magnotta got a piece of a shot by freshman Leah Bryner, which slowed — but didn’t stop — the ball as it kept moving across the goal line and into the cage.

Grace Lesh and Courtney Fleisher recorded assists on the goals by Wirth and Bryner, respectively, crediting four different Wildcats with points in the win.

“I thought we had a great first half,” said Kent Houser, head coach of Greenwood (22-5), which entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed from District 3. “I think we have some really quality players. Obviously, Paityn’s one of the best players in the country. But I think there’s a lot of other really good players on the team. A lot of those kids showed up today. And our defense has just been outstanding the whole playoff run, and it was again today.”

Klassner had similar comments regarding Greenwood, highlighting Greenwood’s strong defense and calling Wirth “one of the better players in the country.”

Greenwood had a 14-6 advantage in corners. Sem had its final corner with 4:00 left, when Reznick let loose a hard shot aimed at the goal, but a Greenwood defender rushed to the top of the circle and deflected it astray.


The Blue Knights’ season comes to a close with championships in WVC Division 1 and District 2 Class A, plus their silver medals in states.

Sem will graduate three senior starters (Alicia Carr, Emily Sims, Camryn Litjens), but will be back next season with Mytych, Reznick, Magnotta and several other key players back in the fold.

Now with big-game experience under the belts of at least eight starters, Sem will return next season with hopes of returning to the state final.

“We definitely grew as a team,” Mytych said. “All about team. There’s nobody else I’d rather be here with. There’s no ‘I’ — we don’t use ‘I’ anymore. It’s all of us together and we are excited for next season already. And we definitely will not forget how it feels to be in second place.”

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Greenwood 2 0 — 2

Wyoming Seminary 1 0 — 1

First half

Paityn Wirth (Gre) from Grace Lesh, 23:03;

Aubrey Mytych (Sem) unassisted, 4:34;

Leah Bryner (Gre) from Courtney Fleisher, 0:43.



Wyoming Seminary 6


Greenwood 14

Wyoming Seminary 6


Greenwood (Kelsey Sheaffer) 5

Sem (Mia Magnotta) 9

Offensive play of the game

Aubrey Mytych scored the equalizer for Sem with 4:34 left in the first half. After Kelsey Reznick’s initial shot was blocked, Mytych gathered the rebound and went low for a reverse chip, which she swung high into the back of the cage.

Defensive play of the game

Trailing 2-1 early in the second half, Sem had a penalty corner that led to Hannah Maxwell diving at a ball practically on the Greenwood doorstep. Maxwell attempted a shot, but goalkeeper Kelsey Sheaffer played aggressive and smothered the ball by diving legs-first to clear it.


“We played in slush our first state game, so the rain definitely didn’t effect us.” — Sem junior Aubrey Mytych on the rainy, 40-degree conditions

Three stars

Paityn Wirth, Greenwood: Scored one goal, but factored in all aspects of the game.

Aubrey Mytych, Sem: Her team-leading 25th score gave the Blue Knights hope, as well as a short-lived tie.

Mia Magnotta, Sem: Limited damage and made nine saves, despite the two goals she let in.