Phoenixville's Peto stars for Alvernia field hockey

Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville product Miranda Peto (5) controls ball during last Thursday night's ECAC field hockey first-round playoff game against McDaniel in Reading. Peto scored an overtime goal that allowed Alvernia to advance in the tournament with a 5-4 victory. Danielle DeColli (20) defends for the Green Terror.

READING - Miranda Peto wants to make the most out of her senior year at nearby Alvernia University.

The former Phoenixville star in both field hockey and softball has continued her careers in both sports for the Division III Crusaders based in Reading.

Known for her speed and quickness throughout her formative years, Peto has utilized those assets to be successful at the collegiate level as well.

Peto, a forward, scored a goal at 68 seconds into overtime last Thursday night, Nov. 8, to give fourth-seeded Alvernia a 5-4 victory over No. 5 McDaniel in the quarterfinal round of the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Regional Field Hockey Championships on the Alvernia campus.

Alvernia then saw its season come to an end with a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 8 FDU-Florham last Saturday night, Nov. 10, at Lebanon Valley College in Annville. Peto took four shots in her final contest with two shots on goal in the semifinal contest. The Crusaders finished their season with an 11-10 record under head coach Laura Gingrich, including 3-5 in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC).

“I guess I am trying to do everything because this is my last year,” said Peto following the McDaniel fray. “I want to do the best I can to make my name. We needed it. We have a lot of seniors. We were dreaming about it. We didn’t want this to be our last game so we pulled together as a team, which was something we needed to do.”

Alvernia jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against the Green Terror and held a 3-2 halftime edge. The game was knotted at 4 on a McDaniel goal scored with 2:05 remaining in regulation time.

“The ECACs are just as competitive as our playoffs,” said Peto, a 5-foot-2 dynamo who also served as team captain.

She ended the 2012 campaign by starting all 21 games played. She led the team with 11 goals and also handed out five assists for 27 points. She took 54 shots and had a percentage of .204. She also had 33 shots on goal for a .611 clip that also included three game-winning goals.

Peto made a lot of penetrations with her possessions that helped set up penalty corner opportunities for Alvernia. The Crusaders also relied on her to handle the right outside post on offense when executing their corners.

Alvernia played a system with three forwards, three midfielders and three backs on defense. Peto was given the green light to position herself wherever needed on the field.

“I go back and forth across the field and up and down,” said Peto, who starred for coach John Tornetta at Phoenixville. “It’s a good time.”

Peto scored a school record by scoring 28 goals during her senior year with the Phantoms while helping lead the team into the District 1 playoffs.

Peto, a sports management major, also finds the time to assist Alvernia sports information director Jon King with work in that office.

“I am pretty involved up here,” said Peto. “That is part of the fun. I am also involved with intramurals. It’s really a great experience.”

Peto made the most of living and playing close enough to her home base with numerous easy trips made back and forth between Phoenixville and Reading, which is just a 40-45-minute drive away.

“I can go home whenever I want to,” said Peto. “My mom is at every home game. She is my biggest fan. I love to have her in the crowd.”

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