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Sept. 30, 2022 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Sept. 28

Hi, everyone.

After a wild weekend of action at the National High School Invitational, we still have major leaders from two of the schools who were not at Conshohocken: Emmaus (Pa.) and Delmar (Del.). Delmar is now about two weeks from moving into third place all-time when it comes to an all-time win streak. Meanwhile, Rachel Herbine, the Emmaus forward, leads the country in both goals and assists.

What you see in red below are statistics culled from, amongst other sources, MaxPreps, Berks Game Day, the KHSAA, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Advance Media. We would like to get as many coaches and other field hockey people to register for the MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams as well as perhaps your conference, league, or your state governing body to enter field hockey information there, so that we can aim for as complete a statistical picture of the country as possible. 

SEASON GOALS
31 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
30 Tyler Everslage, Louisville Assumption (Ky.)
27 Jessica Albertson, Gibsonia Pine-Richland (Pa.)
26 Katie Clarke, Purcellville Loudoun Valley (Va.)
25 Olivia Vonderheide, Louisville Highlands Latin (Ky.)
24 Olivia Petrie, Louisville Highlands Latin (Ky.)
24 Anna Finn, Windsor (N.Y.) Central
24 Cece Tomaszewski, Leesburg Loudoun County (Va.)

SEASON ASSISTS
26 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
21 Abby Burnett, Emmaus (Pa.)
18 Sammie Goin, Leesburg Independence (Va.)
17 Kaia Beaudoin, Fairfax (Va.)
16 Molly Degiulio, Buffalo Nichols School (N.Y.)
15 Lillian Willis, South Glens Falls (N.Y.)
15 Erika Culp, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.)
15 Julia May, Louisville DuPont Manual (Ky.)
15 Gigi Edwards, Frontenac Villa Duchesne (Mo.)

CAREER GOALS
166 Olivia Fraticelli, Toms River (N.J.) North
157 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
145 Maci Bradford, Delmar (Del.)
116 Lauren Masters, Clinton North Hunterdon (N.J.)
106 Josie Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)
103 Olivia Bent-Cole, Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.)

CAREER ASSISTS
111 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
78 Hope Haynes, Houston Kincaid (Tex.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
104 Delmar (Del.)
54 Emmaus (Pa.)

CONSECUTIVE UNBEATEN
104 Delmar (Del.)
54 Emmaus (Pa.)

ACTIVE COACHING VICTORIES
1027 Susan Butz-Stavin, Emmaus (Pa.)
860 Linda Krieiser, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.)
747 Karen Klassner, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
721 Cheryl Poore, Harwich (Mass.), Monomoy (Mass.), and Nauset (Mass.)
716 Eileen Donahue, Watertown (Mass.)
698 Sharon Sarsen, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y)

We’ve been scrounging around the Web for more stats, but we’re sure what’s above us has errors in it. If you can help us out, feel free to send an email to us at TopOfTheCircle.com. We’ll endeavor to fix it.

Thanks for dropping by, and we’ll see you in seven days.

Sept. 29, 2022 — An enormous investment in four women’s sports … why not five?

It was announced that Athletes Unlimited, the promotion which gives women’s basketball, softball, lacrosse, and volleyball players a professional outlet in a unique choose-up format, is in receipt of some $30 million in venture capital from, amongst others, former U.S. Olympian Angela Ruggiero and current NBA star Kevin Durant.

Let me pull out the one fact from the previous sentence that you should pay attention to: $30 million.

Compare that to the reported $18 million in venture capital that was realized by the investors of the Premiere Lacrosse League, a traveling show of the men’s game which recently finished its third season.

This is pretty big coin.

And it is enough, I think, that it could be split not just four ways, but a potential five.

I’ll step on the soap box again and make the pronouncement: America is ready for an Athletes Unlimited field hockey league.

It would be the first organized professional league for the sport in the U.S. and would be a great, great outlet for postgraduate and/or masters players in a league which is player-centered.

Thing is, there is no excuse not to have the league somewhere in the footprint of the country with the game of field hockey. It could be held in the winter in locales like Chula Vista, Houston, or Moorpark. It could be held in the spring in temperate climate in places like Chicago, Louisville, or the nation’s capital. Or it could be held in the summer in Michigan or New England.

There are more than 100 water-based turfs across the United States, with most at U.S. colleges but also a few at U.S. high schools.

Now, I also recognize that sometime in the next year, the FIH standard for the waterless turf for the Paris Olympics is supposed to be made known, and that could prompts the people who run AU to go from water-based to waterless turf, given the fact that the major sponsor for AU Lacrosse last summer was an environmental firm.

I know that what I’ve been saying on this blog and out in public is repetitive. But the field hockey community has been begging for a professional league for years. Look at the number of people who signed up for the original Harrow Cup. There were dozens of players, from Division III standouts to local pickup players to athletes at the edge of the U.S. national team pool.

It’s time. #AUFieldHockeyNow!

Sept. 28, 2022 — A visit from Ian

This site has kept an eye on natural disasters that have affected the U.S. field hockey and girls’ lacrosse communities over the last 24 years. Some have even put your Founder in a spot of bother over the years, including a tropical storm that struck during the week of a U.S. women’s national team game in the 2003 World Cup.

But this one, Hurricane Ian, is more personal. My niece is down in Pinellas County as an essential government employee and will be not only riding out the storm in the greater Tampa Bay area, but will be on the front lines of helping the citizenry in the aftermath of the storm.

I’ve seen my niece grow up from being a sassy six-year-old who loved sparkly sneakers and jeans to a full-on professional, and it’s been quite a journey. Years ago, I brought her to a field hockey game at the local high school and I gave her a mini-stick. She didn’t seem to want to be a player: she instead wanted to be a coach. This is when she was about six years of age.

My niece’s athletics career did not amount to much at the local public school, but she was able to parlay her education into a berth into law school, then started working with a private firm before joining the general counsel’s office for the county.

Starting today, there is an awful lot of work to do — not only when it comes to rescue and recovery, but other items involved in public administration. I’m hoping that my niece will be able to succeed in whatever task or tasks she is assigned over the next few weeks.

Sept. 27, 2022 — Top 10 for the week of Sept. 25

This might be the toughest Top 10 I’ve ever had to cobble together. Since this weekly feature began in 2001 when this site was hosted by Yahoo, it’s been very easy to compare every other team in America to the field hockey team playing at Coffins Corner just off Route 561 in Voorhees, N.J. But Eastern High School went 0-2 at the National High School Invitational. And it is a measure of the amazing and consistent excellence of 23 years’ worth of Viking teams that the two defeats were, numerically, the most lopsided since at least 1998.

But instead of being sad about Eastern’s fall back to the pack of teams looking to win the state’s Group IV title, one should be glad The Eastern Era happened. We saw greatness on offense (Ryleigh Heck, Austyn Cuneo) and greatness on defense (Lori Hillman, Alana Barry). We saw greatness in the Olympics with Rachel Dawson, and we also saw what we think are the most members of an immediate family to be capped for a United States national team, as Sarah, Meghan, and Natalie Dawson also proudly wore the American shirt in competition.

There will be great players and teams coming from Gibbsboro, Berlin, and Voorhees again. I think there will be people who will take the results over the weekend, ponder them in their hearts, and use them as motivation to ascend greater heights.

Our RightToRightIsRight.com honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is Lafayette College. The Easton, Pa. college started playing field hockey 50 autumns ago, and has three major trophies to show: the ECAC Division I championship in 1990, 1992, and 1993. This past week, the Leopards defeated their highest-ranked opponent in program history when they beat No. 7 Princeton 3-2 in overtime. And just one thing to add: one of the Lafayette goals was scored by Eastern graduate Sydney Woolston.

1. Delmar (Del.) 6-0
In beating Milford (Del.), Delmar went out to a five-goal lead in a shade in under ten minutes, playing extraordinary hockey. The Wildcats have Dover (Del.) and Selbyville Indian River (Del.) this week

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 12-0
Hornets have Bethlehem LIberty (Pa.) today, then take on Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) this Saturday in what could be a game for the ages if the remnants of Hurricane Ian don’t interfere

3. Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) 7-0
Hill is for real, people. Jennifer Weissbach has her team taking hints from North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.), from which she graduated. And, as it turns out, Hill takes on the Knights on Saturday, weather permitting

4. Houston Kinkaid (Tex.) 8-0
The Falcons ran through the National High School Invitational with a 3-0 record. Their reward? A meeting with Houston St. John’s (Tex.) this Thursday

5. Palmyra (Pa.) 9-0-1
Cougars got by San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.) 2-1 at the NHSI, and Mechanicsburg (Pa.) looms today

6. Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 9-1
In a meeting of two strong Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association sides, Trinity shut out St. Anne’s-Belfield (Va.) 4-0 to close out the week

7. Norfolk (Va.) Academy 7-2
Norfolk Academy’s only defeats were to Trinity and to Hill. They’ll participate in the Ring of Honor tournament in two weeks

8. Mechanicsburg (Pa.) 7-2
The Wildcats showed up and showed out at the NHSI, beating Eastern 4-0 and Malvern Great Valley (Pa.) 2-1; but the league shows up again this evening with a matchup against Palmyra

9. San Diego Canyon Hills (Calif.) 13-0
The Rattlers won the Laurie Berger Invitational with a 1-0 victory over San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) This followed wins over Huntington Beach Edison (Calif.) and Poway (Calif.) in the upper bracket

10. Northport (N.Y.) 9-0
The Tigers got an early goal from Julia Cavallo and the lead lasted for 58 minutes in a win over Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.); next Monday’s game with East Setauket Ward Melville (N.Y.) should be their sternest test

11. Lafayette College 3-7
Friday, Lehigh makes the trip over from Bethlehem in a key Patriot League tilt

Who’s out: Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 4-0 loss to Mechanicsburg (Pa.) and 7-1 loss to Ann Arbor Skyline (Mich.); Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 4-1 loss to Houston Kinkaid (Tex.); Woolwich Kingsway (N.J.) 3-2 OT loss to Norfolk (Va.) Academy

And bear in mind: Denver Colorado Academy (Colo.) 9-1, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 5-0, Watertown (Mass.) 7-0, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 5-2, Woolwich Kingsway (N.J.) 7-1, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 9-0-1, Hershey (Pa.), Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 6-1-1

Sept. 26, 2022 — Small = mighty

After a slightly harrowing trip through a thunderstorm on the way back from The Proving Grounds, we’re taking some time to reflect on what we’ve just seen at the third National High School Invitational.

I guess the theme that I’ve seen the last three days parallels one that I have more often than not over a third of a century of writing about field hockey. Despite the prevailing narrative and expectations, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better in field hockey.

I had a nice chat with Wendy Wilson, the field hockey coach at Yorktown Tabb (Va.). Not so long ago, Tabb and other school under a certain enrollment number had to play “unclassified” field hockey. It was almost as if the Virginia High School League had put the smaller schools — many of whom also had girls’ basketball as a fall sport — under a bowl while the anointed larger schools competed for “the state championship.” Tabb would overcome, winning a number of state titles over the years. And in 2016, the VHSL went to four divisions — none were labeled “unclassified.”

I watched a small private school, Houston Kinkaid (Tex.) go 3-0 on the weekend, beating our preseason No. 1, our No. 1 team from 2009, and a Pennsylvania state finalist from last year. The team, led by U.S. women’s national teamer Mia Abello, played quick, layered hockey, and are now 8-0 heading into a mid-week derby with Houston St. John’s (Tex.).

I also had a chance to talk with former All-Big Ten selectee Tiffany Fodera, who participated in this site’s Game of the Decade back in 1997. It was also the final game I covered when I was with the dailies. Fodera played for Allentown (N.J.), a small school which played in The Shore Conference despite being as far from the New Jersey coast as you could get, but won a state championship against one of the nation’s best teams.

I also watched a five-foot spark of a field hockey player named Olivia Bent-Cole, a senior with Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.), as she took on Episcopal Academy. Bent-Cole, along with Abello and Josie Hollamon of Delmar (Del.), are part of the current U.S. women’s national team pool. It’s heady stuff, but the Camden Catholic side were dancing along the sidelines while waiting to be let onto the field for the EA game. And once the teams were playing, Bent-Cole scooted around and under her competitors, making things happen.

We ended our weekend by watching a team from our nation’s smallest state, Rhode Island. East Greenwich, the defending champion, lost 3-0 to Summit Kent Place (N.J.) and earlier lost by one to Houston St. John’s (Tex.), then bested Dexter (Mich.) 3-0.

To be sure, smaller schools have always given me the best stories. I thought it was really, really cool that the first of the generation of players to go after the national record for goals scored in field hockey, Lexi Smith, came from a former steel town, Florence, N.J.

And currently, the town with the best team in America (Delmar, Del.) is one representing a town of 2,100 right on the border of Delaware and Maryland. Our No. 1 team for much of 2006 was from Selinsgrove, Pa., which had a population of slightly more than 5,500 when they parlayed a talented lineup into an incredible run into the state tournament, but were derailed by a Wyoming Seminary side with two future U.S. women’s national team players.

We’ve been pleased and proud to recognize the field hockey in small-town America over the years and we hope to continue this into the future.

Sept. 23-25, 2022 — A word on our NHSI coverage

Hi, all.

As we said a couple of days ago, there are going to be 68 games at the National High School Invitational. I can’t possibly follow them all. Instead, I’m going to try to focus on the 12 games we highlighted on Wednesday.

For each of these games, we’re going to endeavor to have a postgame interview with a player or coach from the winning team. We’ll post these on our social media channels, just like we did for our preseason lists of top teams in Division I, Division II, and Division III, as well as the preseason Top 10.

We’ll endeavor to get these up on our TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube outlets as soon as we can.

Sept. 23, 2022 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Sept. 21

Hi, everyone. We’re kicking off our weekly Statwatch package on the first day of the National High School Invitational.

First off, a couple of rules of the road. The most important is that these statistics are through games played through the previous Wednesday. These will not show up in the continuously-updated “Chasing History” statistics, even though we’ve had a couple of items which could have shown up but for the Wednesday deadline. Note that, for example, Delmar is credited in this blog entry with 101 straight wins, but the Wildcats won yesterday to bring their number to 102. We’ll have disconnects like these throughout the season, but we’ll try to get them right by the end of the year.

Thus far this year, our statistical occurrence of note is the fact that Rachel Herbine, the senior from Emmaus (Pa.) became the 13th known U.S. scholastic field hockey player to score 100 goals and assist on 100 more in a career. In addition, she tops both the total goals and total assists list this week, which is pretty remarkable. I don’t remember any single player topping both lists.

Our stats are called from, amongst other sources, MaxPreps, Berks Game Day, the KHSAA, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Advance Media.

We would like to get as many coaches and other field hockey people to register for the MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams as well as perhaps your conference, league, or your state governing body to enter field hockey information there, so that we can aim for as complete a statistical picture of the country as possible. 

SEASON GOALS
25 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
25 Jessica Albertson, Gibsonia Pine-Richland (Pa.)
25 Olivia Vonderheide, Louisville Highlands Latin (Ky.)
24 Olivia Petrie, Louisville Highlands Latin (Ky.)
24 Tyler Everslage, Louisville Assumption (Ky.)
24 Katie Clarke, Purcellville Loudoun Valley (Va.)
21 Cece Tomaszewski, Leesburg Loudoun County (Va.)
19 Izzy Morgan, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.)
19 Jacqulin Gransbury, Walton (N.Y.)
18 Anna Finn, Windsor (N.Y.) Central
18 Emily Yazzetti, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
18 Mia Schoenbeck, The Christian Academy of Louisville (Ky.)

SEASON ASSISTS
22 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
20 Abby Burnett, Emmaus (Pa.)
14 Katie Clarke, Purcellville Loudoun Valley (Va.)
13 Molly Degiulio, Buffalo Nichols School (N.Y.)
13 Gigi Edwards, Frontenac Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
12 Annie Ryan, St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (Mo.)
11 Katie Crump, Frontenac Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
11 Erika Culp, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.)
11 Kaia Beaudoin, Fairfax (Va.)
11 Hannah Doyle, Gates Mills Hawken (Ohio)
11 Emma Westerhoff, Gibsonia Pine-Richland (Pa.)
11 Keira Gallagher, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
11 Mia Schoenbeck, The Christian Academy of Louisville (Ky.)

CAREER GOALS
155 Olivia Fraticelli, Toms River (N.J.) North
151 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
134 Maci Bradford, Delmar (Del.)
110 Lauren Masters, Clinton North Hunterdon (N.J.)
104 Josie Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)
102 Olivia Bent-Cole, Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.)

CAREER ASSISTS
107 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
78 Hope Haynes, Houston Kincaid (Tex.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
101 Delmar (Del.)
52 Emmaus (Pa.)

CONSECUTIVE UNBEATEN
101 Delmar (Del.)
52 Emmaus (Pa.)

ACTIVE COACHING VICTORIES
1025 Susan Butz-Stavin, Emmaus (Pa.)
860 Linda Krieiser, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.)
744 Karen Klassner, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
722 Cheryl Poore, Harwich (Mass.), Monomoy (Mass.), and Nauset (Mass.)
712 Eileen Donahue, Watertown (Mass.)
696 Sharon Sarsen, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y)

See anything missing? It’s only the first week and I’m sure there are a lot of missing stats. Feel free to send an email to us at TopOfTheCircle.com. We’ll endeavor to fix it.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next week.

Sept. 22, 2022 — Is Spain having its own NWSL reckoning?

Today, nearly half of what would have been the expected roster of the Spain women’s national soccer team indicated that they wished not to be made available for selection for national-team duty.

This is a Spain team which has been on the rise in Europe the last few years, making the final four of the UEFA championship, losing to eventual champion England. Spain has boffo credentials in the sport, and has developed a first division which has the backing of teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Athletico Madrid.

And yet, somehow, the Spanish federation seems to find ways to shoot itself in the foot when it comes to women’s soccer. The women’s league had a late start this year because of a strike by referees, one which was resolved this month.

But the simmering tensions between the national team and head coach Jorge Vilda have been constant since at least late August. Vilda has been accused of being autocratic in his coaching of the team, and reports have said that individuals have lost confidence in the coach, and that there was a split in the locker room.

The Royal Football Federation of Spain, however, has doubled down with Vilda.

“The RFEF is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach and his coaching staff, since making those decisions does not fall within their powers,” it said in a statement today. “The Federation will not admit any type of pressure from any player when adopting sports measures. These types of maneuvers are far from exemplary and outside the values ​​of football and sport and are harmful.”

The lengthy statement went on to say this: “”The players who have submitted their resignation will only return to the discipline of the national team in the future if they accept their mistake and ask for forgiveness.”

That, to me, is counterproductive and treats the players like schoolchildren. It is not a good look.

Sept. 21, 2022 — Inside the NHSI, 2022

This weekend, 59 teams will be converging on The Proving Grounds in Conshohocken, Pa. for the third National High School Invitational.

Over the course of the weekend, a record number of games will be contested — 68 in total.

In the past, we’ve done capsule previews of each and every game. But this year, we’re going to whittle it down to one particular key game in each of the 12 match windows. It’s not that the other 56 games aren’t going to be good. I’m sure there will be some gripping contests all over the Grounds, but these are the dozen games that I think will be the most interesting.

Here goes:

3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23: Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) vs. San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.): The thing about this game is that both teams are coming in with one tough loss. New Trier lost 3-2 to Frontenac Villa Duchesne (Mo.) at the Gateway Invitational; Torrey Pines lost 3-2 on Sept. 7th against San Diego Canyon Hills (Calif.). These are two of the better teams from out west, and this game deserves your attention

5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23: Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) vs. Houston St. John’s (Tex.): Oak Knoll, the New Jersey Non-Public champion, already has a loss on its schedule this year. The Royals are playing a St. John’s team which has not given up a goal in six games this year while scoring 40

7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23: Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) vs. Mechanicsburg (Pa.) Area: After 23 years in the stratosphere, winning 22 straight state titles on offer and setting a lot of National Federation records, you can’t blame the current Eastern team if it doesn’t play that exact same level of intense and skilled hockey it has exhibited in the past. This matchup against a Mechanicsburg team from one of the nation’s best field hockey conferences give as good an indication as any as to the Vikings’ competitive level

9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: Louisville Assumption (Ky.) vs. Upper Gwynedd Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.): Gwynedd-Mercy finished second in last year’s PIAA Class A final, but has ramped up its level this year, Assumption is the current holder of the Apple Tournament championship

11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: Severn Archbishop Spalding (Md.) vs. Sacred Heart Greenwich (Conn.): Spalding, after its title-winning IAAM “A” season, is 6-1 this season. Sacred Heart Greenwich is 3-1 after an opening loss to The Hill School

1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: Houston Kinkaid (Tex.) vs. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.): You’re going to see some of the players on this field at the top levels of Division I next year. Hope Haynes (UNC), Ella Barbacci (UNC) and Emma Watchilla (UVa) are amongst the committed players in this game

3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) vs. Norfolk (Va.) Academy: Both of these schools have had some impressive results thus far. Hill has wins over Sacred Heart Greenwich and Episcopal Academy, while Norfolk Academy beat public-school rivals Cox and First Colonial back-to-back a couple of weeks ago

5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: Ashburn Independence (Va.) vs. Charlotte Myers Park (N.C.): Independence is one of the schools in Loudoun County, Va. who started play in 2016. They have a sophomore of tremendous promise named Sammie Goin. Myers Park is already benefitting from having the U.S. women’s national team practicing in its backyard. The Mustangs play their home games at Bessant Field

7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) vs. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.): This is one of the best games of the weekend between two championship programs. Oak Knoll has won four straight NJSIAA Non-Public titles and Sem has won four straight PIAA Class A championships

9 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 25: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (N.Y.) vs. Ann Arbor Skyline (Mich.): Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake comes into this week with a 5-0 record, having beaten the likes of Shenendehowa and Guilderland this season. Skyline, winners of the Michigan High School Field Hockey League Division I championship last year, is 8-0 this season

11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 25: Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J..) vs. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.): Camden Catholic has a senior named Olivia Bent-Cole, who is in the pool of players for the U.S. women’s national team. The Irish are one of the best teams in South Jersey, and they will be going against an Episcopal Academy side which won last year’s PAISAA title, but have found the going tough this season

1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25: East Greenwich (R.I.) vs. Summit Kent Place (N.J.): East Greenwich has a skilled, stylish player named Alexandra Mega, who has scored a number of game-winning goals for her side as the team has won three straight RIIL state titles. Kent Place was 18-4 last season — three of its defeats to Oak Knoll. They are a good side and will give East Greenwich a stern test

Sept. 20, 2022 — Top 10 for the week of Sept. 18

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to our weekly Top 10s, which is loosely based upon our preseason Top 10 that we released on social media in late August. As you can tell, there has been a lot of movement from that first back-of-the-envelope listing. But one thing that remains the same are our top two, Delmar (Del.) and Emmaus (Pa.).

Our RightToRightIsRight.com honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is Bates College, a small liberal arts school in Lewiston, Maine. The Bobcats, coached by Dani Kogut, have been on a tear in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, one of the best conferences in Division III. When Bates beat Bowdoin on Sept. 10, it was the first time the Bobcats had won against their CBB rivals since 1984.

1. Delmar (Del.) 4-0
The Wildcats have Seaford (Del.) and Milford (Del.) this week; have outscored their opponents 35-1 thus far with their well-worked attack led by Maci Bradford, U.S. national-teamer Josie Hollamon, and her younger sister Jordyn Hollamon

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 9-0
Hornets have outscored their opposition 103-0 this season; Rachel Herbine and Melea Weber have been leading the offensive juggernaut

3. Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) 4-0
Hill will have Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) tomorrow before playing Norfolk (Va.) Academy and The Christian Academy of Louisville (Ky.) this weekend at the NHSI

4. Woolwich Kingsway (N.J.) 4-0
Dragons have a pair of major wins in their resume against sitting state champions Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) and Clinton North Hunterdon (N.J.)

5. Palmyra (Pa.) 4-0
Cougars will have great tests against Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) and NHSI games with Garnet Valley (Pa.) and San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.)

6. Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 7-1
After a loss to host Chantilly Westfield (Va.) earlier in the season, the Titans beat Norfolk (Va.) Academy, 2-1 last weekend

7. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 4-0-1
Blue Knights beat St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.) and Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) this past weekend; Sem will have Houston Kincaid (Tex.) and Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) at the NHSI

8. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 1-0
Vikings are a wildcard here; how do you keep the same level of play having graduated such a talented senior class? We’ll know more after NHSI games against Mechanicsburg (Pa.) and Ann Arbor Skyline (Mich.)

9. San Diego Canyon Hills (Calif.) 9-0
New head coach Kat Keivens is keeping the winning tradition, and will have three games next Saturday to try to win the Canyon Hills Invitational Tournament

10. Northport (N.Y.) 6-0
The Tigers have followed on from their sectional and state championships the last couple of years with some dominating results thus far

11. Bates College 4-1
Over the weekend, beat Williams 1-0; Bobcats have their best NESCAC start since the conference formed in 1999

And bear in mind: Greenwood Village Cherry Creek (Colo.) 6-0, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 3-0, Watertown (Mass.) 3-0, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 3-1, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 6-0-1, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 5-1, Hershey (Pa.) 3-1, Norfolk Academy (Va.) 5-1