For the second year in a row, The Inquirer's field hockey team of the year is Mount St. Joseph, which turned in the longest playoff run of any team in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The Inquirer's top-ranked team all season long, the Magic (25-2) reached the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs before being upset by Penn Manor. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Magic, which played in the state final game in 2006.
The Inquirer's coaches-of-the- year honors go to Lois Weber and Tina Reinprecht, who share the coaching duties for Mount St. Joseph.
The Magic will have to replace eight seniors, including The Inquirer's player of the year, Katie Reinprecht. But don't feel too sorry for this team. Among the Magic's likely returnees next season: Reinprecht's younger sister, Julia, who scored 28 goals and added 15 assists this season. Others include junior forwards Jen Sabia and Kelly Stefanowicz, junior midfielder Laura Thistle, and junior back Shannon Mahoney.
The Magic will have to find a replacement for goalie Kieran Sweeney, a senior who is nationally ranked with 54 career shutouts.
Keep an eye on
. Following a rocky start, Council Rock North had a solid run this season. Although they lose center midfielder Jess Longstreth, the Suburban One League's Continental Conference player of the year, the Indians should be competitive next fall.
Juniors Casey Attanasio, Casey Doyle and Clare Roche will return, along with a junior varsity squad that was unbeaten in league play.
In addition to the Reinprecht sisters, Tori Lindsey of Methacton, Rachel Magerman of Germantown Academy, and Rhian Jones of Haverford High were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Mideast Region team.