Oct. 28, 2016 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Oct. 26

We’re back with Statwatch, which now starts slowing down a bit as fewer and fewer teams are playing now that just about every state is in the postseason.

We don’t have a statistically significant event this week, but we’d like to point out something: statistical excellence across seasons.

Last spring, the duo of Bridget Ruskey and Alison Hunter terrorized the lacrosse pitches of southern New Jersey. Ruskey was (we think) your national scoring champion with 135 goals, and Hunter came in second in total assists. They both played for the southernmost high school in the state of New Jersey, Cape May Court House Middle Township (N.J.).

This fall, Jenna Herlihy is in the national top 10 for goals scored in field hockey, with 43. The Middle Township field hockey team started on its quest for a Group I South sectional championship with a game yesterday against eighth-seeded Clayton (N.J.). But having scoring leaders in both sports gives you an appreciation of what happens when a town of 5,338 backs its girls’ sports teams on a consistent basis.

What you see in the crimson print below reflects games through the end of play on Wednesday. We’re hoping that each of you can adopt the easy-to-use MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams to enter their information there as well as whichever is your local news site, so that we can aim for as complete a statistical picture of the country as possible.

Below is a combination of stats from, amongst others, MaxPreps.com, PhilaFieldHockey.com, Advance Media, The Harrisburg Patriot-News, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MassLive.com, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Lancaster New Era, The Reading Eagle, and the Ann Arbor News:

61 Megan Rodgers, San Diego Serra (Calif.)
57 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
50 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
50 Jillian Shive, Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (Ohio)

46 Sammy Popper, Fort Washington Germantown Academy (Pa.)
46 Emma DeBerdine, Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.)
44 Kara Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
43 Jenna Herlihy, Cape May Court House Middle Township (N.J.)
42 Alivia Klopp, Tulpehocken (Pa.)
42 Erin Quinn, Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.)
42 Meredith Ross, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)
39 Paitlyn Wirth, Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.)
39 Rialee Allen, Ocean City (N.J.)
38 Annie Genovese, St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (Mo.)
38 Abriana Gatto, Pennsburg Upper Perkiomen (Pa.)
38 Charlotte DeVries, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Maine)
37 Caroline McGovern, Holland Council Rock South (Pa.)
37 Paige Care, Linwood Mainland Regional (N.J.)
37 Lily Croddick, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
37 Gabriella Pontone, Allendale Northern Highlands (N.J.)

34 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
34 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
30 Meghan Conroy, St. Louis Lafayette (Mo.)
28 Riley Dolan, Upper Darby Bonner Prendergast (Pa.)
25 Rialee Allen, Ocean City (N.J.)
25 Brooke DeBerdine, Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.)
25 Kassidy Shetler, Ramsey (N.J.)
24 Josie Rossbach, Leesburg Heritage (Va.)
24 Emily Deivert, Fairfax (Va.)
24 Drew Pecora, Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.)

209 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
147 Megan Rodgers, San Diego Serra (Calif.)
136 Jenna Herlihy, Cape May Court House Middle Township (Pa.)
128 Jillian Shive, Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (Ohio)
126 Julianna Tornetta, Rosemont Agnes Irwin (Pa.)

123 Mayv Clune, Bethlehem Moravian Academy (Pa.)
118 Emily Surgent, Wall (N.J.) Township
117 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
112 Erin Quinn, Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.)
111 Rialee Allen, Ocean City (N.J.)
108 Lily Croddick, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
108 Jill Bolton, Lansdale Christopher Dock Mennonite (Pa.)
107 Mackenzie Keegan, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
106 Kourtney Kennedy, Watertown (Mass.)
103 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
100 Caroline McGovern, Holland Council Rock South (N.J.)
100 Regan Dougherty, Haddon Township (N.J.)
94 Kylie Nelson, Belfast (Maine) Area
94 Dani Profita, Washington Warren Hills (N.J.)
87 Erin Matson, Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.)*
87 Sammy Popper, Fort Washington Germantown Academy (Pa.)
* — inactive for 2016 season

124 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
86 Rialee Allen, Ocean City (N.J.)
85 Kourtney Kennedy, Watertown (Mass.)
79 Emily Surgent, Wall (N.J.) Township
67 Erin Quinn, Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.)
66 Gabby Andretta, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
65 Emily Wanko, Exeter Wyoming (Pa.) Area
63 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
58 Dani Profita, Washington Warren Hills (N.J.)

9 Jillian Shive, Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (Ohio)
8 McKenzie Gelvin, Waterfall Forbes Road (Pa.)
7 Jillian Shive, Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (Ohio)
7 Kara Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
6 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)

178 Watertown (Mass.)
88 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
66 Los Gatos (Calif.)
53 York (Maine)

118 Watertown (Mass.)
66 Los Gatos (Calif.)
53 York (Maine)

Not all of these are right; so, if you see something off, please free to send us an email to us at TopOfTheCircle.com. Just keep in mind the fact that Statwatch is as of the close of play Wednesday. Feel Give us a name or a bit of documentation (a website will do) so that we can make the adjustment. Statwatch is meant to be the kind of malleable entity that may be fixed even after early publication.

We appreciate you stopping in; see you in a week.

Oct. 27, 2016 — A hurtful revelation and an even more hurtful reaction

It is a story which represents the confluence of a number of social issues that have been bubbling under the surface the last couple of years: sexual harassment, privilege, misbehavior on college campuses, and the willingness of administration to cover them up.

Only this time, it’s at Harvard.

Monday, it was revealed through some amazing journalism and sleuthing by a student writer at my old college newspaper that members of the Harvard men’s soccer team have been rating first-year women’s soccer players for their attractiveness and potential for mating.

What’s disappointing is not just the fact that an atmosphere still exists on campus today, but the words of Harvard athletic director Bob Scalise. Here’s what he said to The Harvard Crimson when asked for comment:

This is not a media thing,. This is something that should be looked at by us in the administration to figure out what our steps are, but we shouldn’t do anything more with the media on this other than “Thank you for letting us know about this … We need to look at it.”

These are some of the most craven words I have ever heard from a person who should be protecting student athletes.

To dismiss this revelation, even though it is from four years ago, is ludicrous. We’re in an era when Brock Turner served half of a six-month jail sentence for sexual assault of a female student at Stanford, where football players at some Division I schools live apart from the rest of the student body, where other student-athletes are given money and other benefits contravening NCAA regulations, and where 11-year-old videotape is used to besmirch the reputation of a major-party nominee for President of the United States.

It’s a media thing, all right. And it’s going to get worse before it gets better, believe me.mm

BULLETIN: Oct. 26, 2016 — An outpost of field hockey and lacrosse is slated to close

The Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) is a collection of about 30 co-ed and single-sex private and parochial schools in and around Baltimore.

Many of the institutions’ histories have been incredibly colorful over the years. Few have been more colorful than Baltimore Seton Keough (Md.). The history of the school can be traced back to St. Joseph’s School of Industry, which opened in 1865. St. Joseph’s eventually became Seton High School in 1926. That school merged with Archbishop Keough High School, which had started in 1965.

Interscholastic athletics became a focal point of the school even before the merger. The legendary Florence Bell coached the lacrosse team there for years.

But in the last decade, the enrollment of the school had declined precipitously. Though the two schools independently had more than 1100 students each in the 1960s, Seton Keough’s current enrollment is at 186.

This afternoon, it was announced that Seton Keough and two other schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore would be closing, with two more merging, as of the end of the current school year.

It’s not as large as a wave of closings between 2009 and 2010 which closed a number of long-time Roman Catholic schools such as Towson (Md.) Catholic (which opened in 1922) and Baltimore Cardinal Gibbons (Md.), a popular all-boys’ school which opened in 1962 but traces its educational history back to the 1860s when it was the St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, and featured a young George Herman Ruth on its baseball team.

I guess, given the fact that both St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s started back in the 1860s, their parallel histories would lead to the location of Cardinal Gibbons and Seton Keough only about a quarter-mile apart on Caton Avenue hard by St. Agnes Hospital in Southwest Baltimore.

And as of June 1, both will be lost forever.

The closings of Seton Keough, and the merger or closings of the other four schools, will affect some 355 students who have not yet graduated. Yet, the mergers and closings are expected to result in the savings of some $32 million that would not have had to have been spent had the five schools been allowed to remain open.

That’s about $90,000 per student. Not exactly my definition of “sustainable.”

Oct. 26, 2016 — Meddlesome administration, again?

Last night, Chantilly Westfield (Va.) defeated Fairfax W.T. Woodson (Va.) 3-1 in the first round of the Virginia High School League’s Class 6A North Tournament. It was a game which almost didn’t feature an important figure: Westfield head coach Starr Karl.

Over the weekend, a video of members of the school’s student body went viral on social media with a hashtag: #FreeStarrKarl. I didn’t know what to make of it at the time; I had originally thought it was part of one of those jailbreak fundraisers where people made phone calls in order to raise money for a cause.

The video had a much different backstory. Last week, Westfield played Herndon (Va.) in the Concorde Conference quarterfinals. These days, the Westfield-Herndon rivalry has become a heated one, highlighted by a thrilling regular-season game two years ago that was this site’s Game of the Year. In the most recent iteration of this intense rivalry, the Westfield bench received a green and a yellow card over the course of the match.

After the game, the Westfield administration decided, in its infinite wisdom, to suspend Karl, a VHSL championship-winner as both a player and a coach, for the rest of the 2016 season.

I’ve seen some pretty ham-fisted things done by school administrators and state governing bodies of sport, all in the name of maintaining discipline amongst players and coaches. There are states who will treat the ejection of a coach — whether it is the issuance of a red card in field hockey, lacrosse, or soccer, two technicals in basketball, or just being sent to the clubhouse in baseball — as a traffic violation, one which gets taken off your record by making the coach attend a training session of some kind.

Before we continue, let’s remind you that Karl administrative suspension was not for a red card ejection.

Now, for a bit of background. Fairfax County Public Schools (of which Westfield is a part) is one of the largest school districts in the United States by enrollment. It is also the largest district that sponsors field hockey as a varsity sport. As such, the schools are governed by some 764 regulations which are searchable on the district’s website.

I took a look at some of the regulations which apply to coaches within Fairfax County Public Schools. One sentence in Regulation No. 4111.3 is telling:

Principals, when possible, shall be directly involved in the selection of their key personnel, such as head coaches and band and choral directors.

This gives Fairfax County school principals — not the school board or individual athletic directors — unusual authority over coaches of interscholastic athletics. Indeed, the ejection form filed with the Virginia High School League says that the school principal, in conjunction with the league commissioner, is responsible for reinstatement of the person or persons ejected.

Now, we don’t know exactly how many coaches at Westfield have been sent off, tee’d up, or run to the showers over the last year in the course of play. But I guarantee you that there hasn’t been anyone handed an extrajudicial suspension for not actually being ejected from a game.

It smacks of the kind of small-minded meddling that has seen the ouster of successful field hockey coaches like Amanda Jacona at Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) and Mollie Reichard at Basking Ridge Ridge (N.J.).

So, with last night’s win after an administrative backtrack allowed Karl on the sideline, Westfield advances to a Friday quarterfinal. Should the Bulldogs win that match, there would be the semifinal “tipping point” match next week to qualify for the Class 6A state tournament.

The opponent for that game could very well be Herndon, who knocked off the top seed in its quarter of the bracket last night. Could make for interesting stuff.

Oct. 25, 2016 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 23

With some states finishing play in the next couple of weeks, and with the first and second layers of postseason play under way in many areas of the country, this Top 10 will see some comings and goings in the next few weeks.

But with tournament expansion in two of the nation’s larger field hockey states — Virginia and Pennsylvania — it is going to be difficult to predict what is going to happen. It will especially be difficult in the small-school tournaments — Class A in Pennsylvania, and Class 3A in Virginia. A lot of small schools, who used to be completely overwhelmed by playing large regional schools at the state level, may have more of a chance this year at state glory. This could be a major opportunity for a team that believes in itself.

Our RightToRightIsRight.com No. 11 Team of the Week is Messiah College. With losses by the University of Connecticut, Kean University, and Alvernia University last week, the Messiah Falcons now have the longest undefeated streak in NCAA field hockey, 14 matches.

1. Emmaus (Pa.) 21-0

Won the East Penn Conference title with a 3-1 comeback over Stroudsburg (Pa.); the District 11-AAA tournament awaits

2. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 21-0

Donegal won Lancaster-Lebanon final in a thriller last Thursday; the team enters the 3-AA tournament with confidence

3. San Diego Serra (Calif.) 20-0

Beat San Francisco St. Ignatius (Calif.) 8-0 last weekend; the Conquistators have San Diego Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) tomorrow

4.Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 16-0

Patriots fell behind against Norfolk Academy but managed a second-half comeback to win 3-2

5. Watertown (Mass.) 16-0

Raiders finish out regular season this week at Melrose (Mass) and Wakefield (Mass.) Memorial

6. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 20-1

Penn Manor is seeded first in the 3-AAA Tournament and meets the winner of Lititz Warwick (Pa.) and Reading Exeter (Pa.) on Saturday for what is, in essence, a “tipping point” match for the rest of the season

7. Oley (Pa.) Valley 18-0

Top seed in the 3-A playoffs, the Lynx will play either high-flying Tulpehocken (Pa.) or Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic in the quarterfinals on Saturday

8. Fairfax (Va.) 19-0

Won Liberty Conference championship with a 2-1 win over Langley (Va.); embarks on 6A North playoffs this evening

9. Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) 14-1

Top seed in 1-AA Tournament, will play winner of Springfield (Pa.) and West Chester Bayard Rustin (Pa.)

10. Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 22-3-1

Played Louisville Sacred Heart last night for a chance to meet either Louisville DuPont Manual (Ky.) or Christian Academy of Louisville (Ky.) for the KHSAA state final

11. Messiah College 14-1

A tantalizing match at William Smith awaits this weekend to close the regular season

Who’s out: Norfolk (Va.) Academy, 3-2 loss to Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)

And bear in mind: Los Gatos (Calif.) 12-0, Westport Staples (Conn.) 11-0-2, Darien (Conn.) 11-1-2, Glastonbury (Conn.) 13-0, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 9-2, Lake Forest (Ill.) 17-1, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 21-5, Glenelg (Md.) 15-0, Severn Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 16-3, St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (Mo.) 18-2-1, St. Louis Cor Jesu (Mo.) 16-4, Franklin Township Delsea (N.J.) 17-0, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 14-1, Ocean City (N.J.) 17-2, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 16-2, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 16-2, Moorestown (N.J.) 13-1-1, Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.) 15-3, Medford Lakes Shawnee (N.J.) 13-3, East Setauket Ward Melville (N.Y.) 16-0, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 14-0-2, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin 14-0-1, Chapel Hill (N.C.) 12-1, Cincinnati Ursuline (Ohio) 12-3-2, Gahanna Columbus Academy (Ohio) 16-0-1, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) 19-1, Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 12-2-1, Palmyra (Pa.) 16-2, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 14-4, Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.) 19-1, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 12-2, Norfolk (Va.) Academy 12-2, Brookfield (Wisc.) Academy 14-1-2

Oct. 24, 2016 — Preview: KHSAA semifinals

What we’re doing to do is something a bit unusual today: the preview of a state semifinal round. The reason why is because of our blog entry nine days ago detailing some highly unpredictable areas of the country.

But if you examine the final four teams playing for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association championship, these may have everyone else beat. These are four excellent sides, each with good offenses, good defenses, and with some pretty significant victories on their resumes.

Christian Academy of Louisville (Ky.)
Goals scored:
Goals conceded:
Against the semifinalists:
Quality interstate victories:
Beat St. Louis Cor Jesu (Mo.) 1-0 and Webster Groves Nerinx Hall (Mo.) 8-0 in Bluegrass Tournament
The skinny:
Christian Academy is playing in rarefied air here; the Centurions have not won a state championship in field hockey. The team’s head coach, Stanley Phulpagar, grew up with the game in Bombay, India, and his team is learning the lessons. Have they learned enough to make the final, much less win it?

Louisville DuPont Manual (Ky.)
Goals scored: 118
Goals conceded: 28
Against the semifinalists: 1-4-1
Quality interstate victories: Beat Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) 4-0 and Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) 4-2 in Huskie Invitational; tied St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (Mo.) 2-2 at Gateway Invitational
The skinny: In 2011, Manual became the first magnet school ever to win a state championship. Head coach Brittany Tolan is a product of the Louisville system: she played for Debbie Judd at Louisville Assumption (Ky.), and, before taking the Manual job, was an assistant for Wendy Martin at Louisville Collegiate (Ky.). Can the Crimsons repeat the magic of five years ago?

Louisville Assumption (Ky.)
Goals scored: 97
Goals conceded: 19
Against the semifinalists: 5-1
Quality interstate victories: Defeated Ann Arbor Huron (Mich.) 5-1 in Huskie Invitational; defeated Norfolk (Va.) Academy 3-2
The skinny: Assumption had the thankless task of playing Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) four times in the season’s first five weeks, and won three of them. Can the Rockets win their fourth game against Heart with the season on the line?

Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.)
Goals scored: 103
Goals conceded: 28
Against the semifinalists: 4-4
Quality interstate victories: Defeated Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 3-2; defeated Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 1-0; defeated St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.) 6-3
The skinny: Think of this: Sacred Heart played the other three KHSAA semifinalists eight times in the first five weeks of the season. Since then, Sacred Heart has won 11 straight matches, including a three-game sweep three weekends ago that saw the Valkyries snap the 142-match unbeaten streak of Voorhees Eastern (N.J.). Can Heart keep the momentum going?

People, if you’re within shouting distance of Bellarmine University this week, go see some great field hockey.

Oct. 23, 2016 — Maryland 2, Connecticut 1

POSTGAME That’s all for now; good day and good hockey

POSTGAME With only a couple of weeks until Selection Sunday, this game reignites speculation as to the top four host seeds in the NCAA Division I tournament. Maryland is likely back in play as a possible top-four if they can win the Big Ten Tournament at home. Connecticut needs to win the Big East in order to claim a host seed. I believe the ACC champion will also get a top-four seed, plus the next highest-ranked ACC team in the RPI rankings

POSTGAME Maryland was opportunistic with its four shots on cage and got the goals they needed, especially the Luus tally shortly before the interval

POSTGAME Connecticut dominated the game in many phases, but fell short in the ultimate stat: goals scored. UConn managed to fire 12 shots at goal, but only seven went on frame

FULL TIME The horn sounds as Maryland beats Connecticut 2-1

69:40 Veitner with the ball, advances towards goal; Courtney Deena with the last-second tackle to thwart the Connecticut talisman!

68:45 UMD GREEN Brooke Adler sits for two minutes; the outfield advantage is now 11-on-9 for Connecticut

68:30 Once again, UConn gets the ball inside the dotted hashmark and fails to advance the ball five yards before circle penetration; a third mental error on a restart in five minutes

67:52 UConn pulls goalkeeper Klein for an 11th outfield player, Amanda Collins. She is not outfitted with a distinctive shirt, and Klein doesn’t leave her helmet behind, so the Huskies are all-in on trying to level the score

63:45 These are not the kinds of mental errors you want coming out of a timeout in the final 10 minutes

63:39 UConn has had two free-hit opportunities in promising positions, but commit both a five-yard encroachment foul and a turnover for not carrying the ball five yards before a circle penetration


59:00 Mittendorf has to cut out a neat passing play; Maryland, to its credit; is attacking instead of parking the bus

56:34 UCONN PC A low-slung ball by Mittendorf is tipped just over the top by Dakota Fleming!

55:00 Fifteen minutes to go; can the Terps hold onto the lead — and their nerve — against the top-ranked Huskies?

54:30 UMD PC Balsdon air-mails her drag flick past the post! That goes in if it’s on frame

53:00 UCONN GREEN A card goes to the UConn bench for dissent; does not affect numerical advantage on the pitch

48:00 Sophie Pelzer gets time and room in the attack end, but Umstead cuts it out for UConn

46:07 REFERRAL UConn is asking for a review of a play in which a UConn player dragged down a Maryland back in the scoring circle; the genesis of the incident was a rotation of the backfield that put Balsdon in the center of the park. The call on the field stands, so Maryland gets a free-out from the 16

40:30 Veitner has the ball deep in the circle, but Bates makes a sprawling save and clear!

38:38 UMD GREEN Gonzales is off for the stick tackle

38:00 Linnea Gonzales and Melissa Cutry try the left side but Mittendorf is solid in the tackle!

35:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME Credit Balsdon, Anouk van Asbeck, Carrie Hanks, and Courtney Deena for their defense thus far on Veitner

HALFTIME The territory has been pretty even thus far; however, UConn has had many more of the possessions in the circle and in the area from the 40 towards the cage

HALFTIME The horn sounds with Maryland holding a 2-1 lead

31:00 Goodness me, that was as baffling a goal as I have ever seen at this level; nobody was within five yards of Luus as she shot the ball

30:51 UMD GOAL Welma Luus is on the loose; she cuts into the circle and the UConn defense parts like the Red Sea; she takes her own rebound off the post and finds net! Maryland takes a 2-1 lead

25:00 UCONN PC Mittendorf tries the 1-Up again; Bates says no

22:31 UMD PC and GOAL Grace Balsdon with a spectacular drag flick into the upper corner! Game tied 1-1

22:21 REFERRAL The call at the east end of the pitch is being reviewed; this could make the difference in whether Maryland gets a corner. A foot is called; and a corner the result; Maryland keeps its referral

20:00 UConn has had more possession in the final third; Maryland has not gotten the ball much to Welma Luus

11:15 UMD PC Defensed by Amanda Collins

8:55 Casey Umstead’s diagonal finds Veitner at full forward, but the ball squirts wide!

6:30 UCONN PC Huskies run the same 1-Up play, but Maryland goalie Sarah Bates gets her blocker to it on a dive to her right

4:59 UCONN PC and GOAL Anna Mittendorf with the 1-Up from Vietner’s insert; UConn leads 1-0

4:53 UMPIRE REFERRAL The question is whether the tackle by Maryland on a UConn cross was a stick obstruction; it was, with a corner the result

2:00 After some fits and adjustments, a cherry-picker with three cameras is extended over the west end of the pitch. Video referrals are available, but I think there won’t be much in terms of goal-line decisions on the east goal, which doesn’t seem right

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Maryland is in the all black with gold numbers; UConn is in the all-white with navy numbers

PREGAME The teams are warming up under breezy skies, temperatures around 60

PREGAME The Terrapins are led by Welma Luis, a fluid all-rounder who is a forward in name only. Grace Balsdon is the pace on penalty corners

PREGAME UConn is led by attacker Charlotte Veitner and fullback Anna Mittendorf

PREGAME UConn is 16-0 and the top-ranked team in the country. No. 5 Maryland is 12-3

PREGAME Hello, and welcome to The Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex for this interconference match between Connecticut and Maryland