Tower Hill School is the consensus pick to win its record 17th field hockey state championship. “I don’t even know if it’s intentional, but every time we get to the
state tournament everyone steps it up,” said senior Anna Teruya, 17, of
“We work hard during the regular season, but once it comes
to the state tournament everyone just steps it up even further.
“We just know what we have to do,” she said.
For example, Tower Hill lost both of its Independent Conference games
to archrival Wilmington Friends School last Fall. But Tower Hill,
loaded with juniors, beat a Wilmington Friends School, packed with
seniors, 2-1 in the semifinals.
“We struggled with Friends,” said senior Caitlin Van Sickle, 17, of
Wilmington. “When we got to the state tournament, we were really
determined to beat anyone that we came up against, but especially them.
“It was time for them to lose,” she said.
Coach Robin Adair said Tower Hill’s rematch against Wilmington Friends
at the University of Delaware’s Rullo Stadium was “a great situation.”
“A lot of times you don’t get that last shot that you really want at a
team,” Adair said. “They played like they were psyched and I thought we
played really well in that game.
“There’s the whole situation thing,” she said. “We had been in the same
situation (in 2005). Just making it to the turf is exciting. My kids
had been there and Friends did not make the semifinal the year before.
Getting there does help. They handled the pressure very nicely.”
When it comes to reloading each year, Tower Hill adjusts by playing to
its strengths depending on a given year’s personnel, Teruya and Van
“We lose people every year,” said Van Sickle, center midfield. “We just have to rebuild our style.”
“I wouldn’t say we have a set style,” said Teruya, center back. “We always try to have speed and strength.”
This year, the Hillers have a strong attack, Van Sickle said. In
addition, Teruya, Van Sickle, Lindsay Griffith and Lauren Ianni are the
four seniors who have been on the varsity since freshman year.
“This is our year,” Teruya said. “We’re just ready to finish strong.”
Tower Hill is off to a 3-0 start after beating Archmere 8-2 September
11, Westtown (Pa.) 14-0 September 14 and perennial contender St. Mark’s
High School 3-0 September 18.
“We really have to work together and that’s going to be the key every year,” Teruya said.
This year, Adair said she feels good about Tower Hill’s chances. Tower
Hill only lost four starters. Myra Trivellas, Grier Tumas and Caroline
Campbell graduated. Junior Chelsea Stuart tore her anterior cruciate
“I have some kids that love the game and they’re excited … about being
on this surface,” Adair said. “The kids love it, so we just get to play
on it more and more.”
By Antonio Prado, Staff Reporter, The Community News Photos by Walt Mateja Reprinted with permission of The Community News