Varsity Field Hockey
By persevering we shall see the fruits.
|14||Madison O'Hara (captain)||Forward||12|
|16||Samantha Popper (captain)||Midfield||12|
Jackie ConnardHead Coach/VAP
Germantown Academy graduate Jackie Connard enters her fourth season as Head Coach for the Patriots in 2018. Connard is a 2006 graduate of Germantown Academy where she was a member of the varsity field hockey program.
The 2018 season was very successful for GA. Under Connard's watch, the team went 15-5-1 overall and 8-1-1 in the Inter-Ac League. The team won the league title for the first time in 12 years in 2018, but fell in the PAISAA Championship to Episcopal Academy in a shootout.
During the 2017 season, the Patriots went 14-6 and lost in the finals of the PAISAA tournament. They went 6-4 in the Inter-Ac and had four players honored as All-Inter-Ac performers during the year.
In 2016, the Patriots went 14-7 and fell in the quarterfinals of the PAISAA, but finished the year strong with an 8-0 win over William Penn Charter on GA-PC Day.
Following her graduation from GA, Connard played field hockey for four years at Brown University. She earned four varsity letters, was a two-time captain of the Bears and won several team awards during her collegiate career. Connard earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience in 2010 and was a D.W. Lyman Scholar all four years.
After completing her first year of a Master of Architecture degree at Boston Architectural College, Connard currently works as a designer at Ellen Happ Architect in Doylestown.
Connard inherited the Patriots’ field hockey program from her former coach, Ginny Hofmann 1760, who retired from coaching following a 15-9 record during the fall 2014 season.
In her first season with the Patriots, the team went 16-7, besting Hofmann's record from the year before. However, for the second straight season, the Patriots fell in the semi-finals of the PAISAA to the Episcopal Academy.
(Updated on 11/19/18)
Brooke WatsonAssistant Coach
Brooke Watson capped off her 20th year as a varsity assistant coach for the Patriots. Prior to her tenure at GA, she was an assistant field hockey coach at Harvard University and Swarthmore College. She played on the collegiate level at West Chester University. During the offseason, Coach Watson is the co-director of GA Summer Program's Field Hockey Camp. She also runs the Indoor Winter Field Hockey League at GA. Coach Watson is GA's Lower School Physical Education Coordinator.
Catherine PerlmutterAssistant Coach
Catherine Perlmutter '13 returns to GA to join the field hockey coaching staff after playing four years of collegiate field hockey at Dickinson College. Perlmutter finished her career as Dickinson's all-time leading goal scorer and all-time leading points scorer.
GA's varsity field hockey team plays on Oberkircher Field, a 180 x 300 feet turf field located in Sisters' Woods.
Sisters’ Woods is home to varsity field hockey, varsity girls lacrosse, and varsity girls soccer programs. It opened in the fall of 2010 when two new artificial turf fields were installed — Oberkircher Field and Jordan Field. The fields are identical in size at 180 x 300’ and each has their own scoreboard with clock and home and away scoring areas. There is a small spectator seating area next to Oberkircher Field (field closest to the walking path), while Jordan Field has a natural berm where spectators can view the contest from a short height above field level. The fields can be lined for lacrosse, soccer and/or field hockey. Goals for each of those sports are available as well. Portable restrooms are on-site for participant and spectator use. Access to the fields can be attained by parking in the Carey Stadium Lot and using the brick pathway to Sisters’ Woods, or by parking on the GA campus, crossing the Wissahickon Creek on foot to the brick pathway that leads to the fields. There is a donkey set up alongside Oberkircher Field where the scoring table and video setup can be placed. Germantown Academy has hosted many soccer and lacrosse tournaments for all ages on Sisters’ Woods.
- Two 180x300’ artificial turf fields - Oberkircher and Jordan Fields
- Electronic scoreboard on each field
- Scoring table with overhead view for video at Oberkircher Field
- Spectator seating next to Oberkircher Field
- Natural berm seating for specatators above Jordan Field
- Fields can be lined for lacrosse, soccer and/or field hockey, with goals available for each sport
- Portable restrooms
- Parking is available in the Carey Stadium Lot (200) or on the GA campus (450)
GA celebrated 43 college-bound senior student-athletes in the Korman Family Pavilion.
Team MVP Sammy Popper '23 was named The Intelligencer's MVP for the fourth-straight year.
Although the 2018 Fall sports season has wrapped up, it is time for the student athletes who performed at a high level to be recognized.
Germantown Academy graduate Caitlin McGovern-Olcese '06 was inducted into the GA Athletic Hall of Fame on November 8, 2018.
The 2018 Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Championship between Germantown Academy and Episcopal Academy was an instant classic. Unfortunately, someone had to come out on the losing end.
In 2018, the Quakers won the day 7.5-2.5 and reclaimed the coveted Competition Cup. However, the Patriots look forward to the challenge of winning it back next year.
With a 7-0 win on GA-PC Day, the field hockey team won the Inter-Ac League for the first time in 12 years.
For the second straight year, Germantown Academy’s field hockey team will be playing for a Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Championship. After defeating The Hill School 3-1 on Nov. 7, the Patriots are set to face off against Episcopal Academy in the final round.
The Patriots were able to down the host Rams, 4-2, for their third consecutive victory.
With the win, the Patriots jumped the Irish in the Inter-Ac League standings.