Unbroken Records: Pennsylvania field hockey’s saving grace

Ben Rohrbach
November 20, 2013
Krisha Giammarco stopped 513 shots as a high school junior -- GoHofstra.com
Krisha Giammarco stopped 513 shots as a high school junior -- GoHofstra.com

Each Wednesday, Prep Rally uncovers the story behind the most remarkable standards in high school sports for our Unbroken Records series. This week: A saving grace.

Eastern High (Voorhees Township, N.J.) senior Austyn Cuneo may have shattered the national prep field hockey records for both goals in a season and a career this fall, but there's one such standard that isn't likely to be broken anytime soon.

As a high school junior in 2005, former Bethlehem (Pa.) Catholic goalie Krisha Giammarco set seven of the nation's top-10 performances for saves in a single game, including the top five. Naturally, her 513 saves that season still stand as a record.

She deserves an award just for facing all those shots behind an extremely young 1-19 team, and she actually got one in the form of the Warren News Player of the Year honor.

When she set the national single-game mark of 65 saves against an Emmaus squad (Emmaus) that finished 28-0 and captured an unofficial national title that season, Giammarco faced 82 shots in a 17-0 loss. That's a lot of shots for a 70-minute game, from a team that set a national single-season record for goals scored that year as well.

Giammarco also had games with 42, 36, 33 and 31 saves that season. No other goaltender in prep history has recorded more than 30 saves in a single contest, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Giammarco's 33 saves against Easton (Pa.) came in a 1-0 defeat. Just imagine if Bethlehem Catholic didn't have her.

"She knows she has to do what she has to do in our games," her coach, Lou Csongeto, told The Morning Call in 2005. "A lot of our success depends on her. We're rebuilding and we have no feeder system. And we have a young defense." Apparently so.

For her efforts, Giammarco landed a scholarship from Hofstra, where her field hockey career was unfortunately cut short due to injury. It's amazing she lasted that long.

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