Aquinas Academy might not be at the top of the grouping in Section 1A of field hockey. But the Crusaders are making every opponent work in each game.
Another example of that tenacity was a 1-1 tie this past Thursday with visiting Shady Side Academy, which currently is in first place with a 6-0-1 record. The tie represented a huge step forward for Aquinas. In the season opener on Sept. 6, the Indians rolled to a dominating 8-0 victory over the Crusaders.
Earlier in the week, the 3-1-3 Crusaders tied defending WPIAL champion Ellis School, 0-0, and they earlier tied Winchester Thurston, 3-3, on Sept. 8. Those two teams meet again on Tuesday at the Bears' Garland Field. It's a key game as the Bears sit alone in third place at 4-2-1, and the top four teams advance to the WPIAL Class 1A tournament.