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Oct. 15, 2019 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 13

The postseason has started in Pennsylvania with conference tournament games. One huge result will come out of the Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association (BCIAA) Tournament on Saturday, especially if the high-powered Oley (Pa.) Valley Lynx meet up with West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) in the title match.

Another will be in the Mid-Penn Conference, with semifinal action this evening and the championship final Thursday; and since only divisional winners get into the bracket, it means that Palmyra (Pa.) and Hershey (Pa.) will have to wait a week to play in the PIAA District 3 tournament while Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) plays in the four-team postseason tournament.

This week’s RightToRightIsRight.com No. 11 Team of the Week is Clinton Morgan School (Conn.), which has earned its first postseason tournament berth in a decade with a 2-0 road win against Haddam-Killingworth (Conn.).

1. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 14-0
The Royals become road warriors this week, having to face Westfield (N.J.), Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) and Clark Johnson Regional (N.J.), the latter of which is for the Union County Tournament final

2. Oley (Pa.) Valley 17-0
If seeds hold, the Lynx will have a showdown with West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) this Saturday in the final of the Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament at Reading Exeter (Pa.)

3. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 14-1
A Friday matchup with Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.) could be tougher than expected; two out of the last three times these teams met, the Vikings won by one goal

4. Emmaus (Pa.) 19-0
The Hornets have scored a serious amount of goals this season (181), getting close to what had been its national mark from 2002 (188)

5. Gloucester (Va.) 12-0
Dukes have Williamsburg Jametown (Va.) and Newport News Denbigh (Va.) in the penultimate week of the regular season

6. Delmar (Del.) 11-0
The Wildcats’ reward for its 4-1 win over Selbyville Indian River (Del.) is a four-game home stand to end the regular season

7. Somerset-Berkley (Mass.) 12-0
Had a game yesterday against Durfee (Mass.) and have Barnstable (Mass.) on the weekend

8. Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 15-0-2
Bested Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.) 4-1 last week in preparation for the postseason

9. Palmyra (Pa.) 13-3
Cougars had a huge week last week in beating rival Hershey (Pa.) 3-1 and West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) 2-0

10. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 10-1
Beat Louisville Assumption (Ky.) in an interstate matchup at the Ring of Honor Tournament

11. Clinton Morgan School (Conn.) 6-4-1
Head coach Emily Lisy has brought a sense of teamwork over from her previous coaching stint with Stamford Westhill (Conn.)

Who’s out? West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) 2-0 loss to Palmyra (Pa.); Newport (Pa.) lost 4-2 to Selinsgrove (Pa.)

And bear in mind:  San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 10-3, San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.) 15-3, San Diego Serra (Calif.) 15-1, Darien (Conn.) 11-0, Newtown (Conn.) 10-0, Greenwich (Conn.) Academy 10-0-1, Greenwich (Conn.) Sacred Heart 10-1, Louisville DuPont Manual (Ky.) 16-4-4, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 17-7, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.) 14-4, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 15-2, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) 17-1, Hershey (Pa.) 13-5, Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 10-1-1, Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 11-0

Oct. 14, 2019 — Finding the right ratio

Over the last few months, we’ve resumed daily video postings on Instagram, in a series we’re calling “Unfiltered.”

And yeah, we don’t use a filter on the video. And sometimes there’s no filter on your Founder.

But I have noticed an odd quirk in judging how to shoot our daily commentaries. Seems whenever the aspect of our video is 1920 pixels high against 1080 pixels wide, Instagram cuts off significant portions of the top and bottom of every video, cutting off part of my head. When it’s 1080 high and 1920 wide (landscape), my head fits perfectly in the frame.

I’m going to be experimenting with settings on my device in order to be able to talk without my forehead being cut off. Hoping to find a good solution soon in order to make a good series of Unfiltered videos for you out in Instagram-land.

Oct. 13, 2019 — Top of another leaderboard

With a hat trick in today’s 3-1 win over Ohio State, Corinne Zanolli, the junior forward for Stanford University, has taken over the lead in goals scored in NCAA Division I field hockey with 21.

It’s a total which is one ahead of Erin Matson of the University of North Carolina, who ended today’s action with 20.

Despite the nature of field hockey as undergoing a Score-O decade at the youth level, the accumulation of goals in NCAA Division I is a difficult undertaking. Indeed, in the last five years, the largest goal-scoring total by any U.S. college player is the 39 scored by Charlotte Veitner of the University of Connecticut in 2015.

Indeed, rare is the time when any goal-scorer in Division I gets above 30; one year ago, the national leader in goals scored got just 27.

I’ve always used the caveat that many investment firms use in advertising: “Past performance no indication of future performance.” But it’s telling that a pair of Americans lead the nation in college field hockey scoring. Perhaps this is a good open for Tokyo and beyond.

Oct. 12, 2019 — No. 6 Delmar (Del.) 4, Selbyville Indian River (Del.) 1

NEWARK, Del. — The 21st Annual Turf Bowl, the multi-day field hockey festival held at the University of Delaware’s Rullo Stadium, had an unusual interstate matchup this go-round. But with all due respect to the supporters of Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.) and Georgetown Sussex Tech (Del.), there was one game that First State field hockey fans wanted to see.

That was the Henlopen Counference South Division matchup between current DIAA Division 2 champion Delmar (Del.) and Selbyville Indian River (Del.). Both teams were 10-0 coming into Turf Bowl, and it was Delmar running out 4-1 winners in the end.

Though Delmar is currently on a 51-game winning streak and the No. 6 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10, head coach Jodi Hollamon kept it real at the postgame team talk.

“I’m feeling super-negative right now, but we still won the game 4-1 against a 10-0 team,” Hollamon said. “The bottom line is, we need to get better and complete those passes. We didn’t get the flow like we usually do.”

Delmar’s skills are such that some of their chances were more memorable than their goals. There was one first-half sequence borne of four one-touch passes that sprung one a player at the left post, who couldn’t get the ball over the goal line.

Hollamon is blessed with a number of players on her roster who played on varsity in eighth grade, which is allowed under DIAA rules. This includes her starting goalie, sophomore Kelly Davis, and her freshman daughter, Josie, who had a pair of goals in the game.

“I’ve wanted to put on a Delmar uniform my whole life,” Josie Hollamon said. “It’s been a lot of fun doing this, and it’s amazing.”

Josie Hollamon had herself a game. She pinged a second-half penalty stroke, detonated a penalty corner in the 12th minute, and had one 40-yard pass in the first half that sprung three of her teammates at the doorstep, but the ball somehow evaded all three teammates and squirted over the end line.

“We’ve had some players who have been around the game a very long time,” Jodi Hollamon said. “They put the time in, and having the stick in their hands is important. Having that skill and intensity is important.”

In addition, senior defensive midfielder Morgan Fletcher exhibited an array of skills which are the hallmark of a more mature player, and will take her talents to Duke next fall.

“I owe a lot of my skills to Jodi and to her sister Juli Bradford: they’re like my second moms,” Fletcher said. “And playing with the girls the way we do, it makes me better every day.”

Delmar’s team is a product of a lot of expectation as well as lot of preparation, and the latter won out in the Turf Bowl this afternoon.

“We need this kind of game, becuase were not presured day in and day out,” Jodi Hollamon said. “They are the best team we’ve played this year, and we just might see them here again (in the state final).”

DELMAR (11-0) 3 1 — 4
INDIAN RIVER (10-1) 0 1 — 1
D: Logan Walls, fg, 7th minute
D: Josie Hollamon (Morgan Bradford), pc, 12th
IR: Rylie Cordrey, pc, 24th
D: Ella Shockley, fg, 28th
D: Hollamon, ps, 45th
Shots — D: 17; IR. 6. Saves — D: Kelly Davis 5; IR: Allyson Clark 13.


FULL TIME That’s the end of the game with Delmar winning 4-1

58:47 DEL PS Morgan Fletcher’s flick is saved by Clark! Despite the scoreboard, she is having an excellent game

58:35 DEL PC Hollamon’s sweep is stopped but trapped under the goalie; a stroke is duly called

58:15 DEL PC False start on IR; they’ll have to defend with three players

56:05 IR PC Shot dribbles off the IR stick and cleared

56:00 DEL GREEN Logan Dean is off and the teams are 9-v-9

53:58 IR YELLOW Kayler Townsend is off for five minutes at a crucial point of this match

53:30 DEL PC Hollamon’s sweep is saved by Clark again!

51:21 Timeout, Indian River

49:30 IR PC Defensed by Logan Dean

48:00 IR PC Indians go Brooklyn; first shot on goal off the pass play is too high

45:55 IR PC Indians run the shotgun but cannot free a teammate

45:50 IR PC Delmar false-starts! This is the chance with only three outfielders on defense

44:08 DEL PS Hollamon converts with ease and the Wildcats are up 4-1

44:08 Maci Bradford withstands a hard foul in the second-goal area; a stroke is the result

41:40 Timeout, Delmar

41:00 IR is doing a decent job at occupying the center of the pitch and is preventing Delmar from building up attacks

34:00 Some neat Delmar passing inside the IR circle leads to a shot that goes wide!

30:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME Clark has done an excellent job at stopping Delmar; her anticipation is so spot-on that it sometimes looks like she’s taken the Wildcats’ playbook

HALFTIME Though the Wildcats found net three times, some of the unsuccessful chances they created were stylish and skillful, something which is the mark of an excellent team

HALFTIME The horn sounds with Delmar leading 3-1

27:58 DEL GOAL But just as the IR defense takes a breath, the ball winds up in the back of the net through Ella Shockley! Delmar leads 3-1

27:30 DEL PC A swept shot by Maci Bradford is saved by Allyson Clark!

25:00 A 40-yard laser by Hollamon finds three teammates on the doorstep but the ball evades their control; 16y for Indian River

23:00 That’s only the third goal the Wildcats have conceded this season

23:00 IR PC and GOAL Rylie Cordrey with a backhander that bounces past Davis! Delmar still leads 2-1

20:30 Delmar, through four one-touch passes, gets a shot from five yards that is saved by the IR goalie; that buildup is straight out of the FC Barcelona playbook

11:24 Time out, Indian River. The Indians have been using an aerial attack to try to change fields, but it hasn’t worked as well as the simple pass that sprung Emma Ruley four minutes ago

11:24 DEL PC and GOAL Josie Hollamon detonates a 1-up and the lead is doubled! 2-0 Delmar

7:15 Indian River springs numbers and runs a 3-on-1 which is saved by Delmar goalie Kelly Davis

6:38 DEL GOAL A ball meets up with Logan Walls just above the stroke mark and makes no mistake; Delmar leads 1-0

5:00 Enterprising play by Maci Bradford leads to a shovel shot off IR goalie Allyson Clark; 23m the result

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Delmar is in the all-orange kit; Indian River is wearing white tops with green kilts and Vegas gold trim

PREGAME The teams have already warmed up on the side turf at Rullo Stadium; we have partly cloudy skies and the temperature is at 66

PREGAME Many of them played varsity in eighth grade. Head coach Jodi Hollamon’s daughter Josie, and her cousin Maci Bradford, are among them. Their mothers both played at the University of Delaware

PREGAME Delmar is going for its fourth consecutive state championship with a roster that includes five ninth-graders

PREGAME Both teams arrived at their unbeaten records through different paths. Indian River has stayed in-state for its regular season, but Delmar has played Towson Notre Dame Prep, Kent Island, and Edgewater South River, all of Maryland

PREGAME Delmar, the No. 6 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10, is 10-0 this season; Indian River is also 10-0

PREGAME Hello, and welcome to Rullo Stadium at the University of Delaware for this Turf Bowl match between Delmar (Del.) and Selbyville Indian River (Md.)

Oct. 11, 2019 — Friday Statwatch through games played Oct. 9

Hi, everyone.

I’ve been reflecting on last year’s all-out assault on the Top 10 career goal-scoring list, when a number of players wound up surpassing the old national standard of 171.

This year, only one player is currently rising up the list kept to the right of this column; Penn State-bound Sophia Gladieux of Oley (Pa.) Valley, who scored her 180th goal this week. That’s enough for seventh on the all-time scoring list.

After her, the highest total for an active player that we know of is Shore Regional’s Lily Santi, who is at 127.

I guess, after a generation of gifted goal-scorers, it was about time that field hockey got its equilibrium back, allowing defense and goalkeeping to stop good creative attacking players.

Or so we thought. Look at the top goal-scorers for just this year: Talia Schenck is a sophomore, Rachel Herbine is a freshman, and Ava Borkowski is a junior. Youth shall, it seems, be served.

What we have below here is our usual collection of American scholastic field hockey statistics, culled from, amongst other sources, MaxPreps, Berks Game Day, PhilaFieldHockey.com, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the KHSAA, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Denver Post.

We really like MaxPreps, because it is easy for the average coach, athletic director, or student manager 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.

GOALS
45 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.)
44 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
43 Ava Borkowski, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Pa.)
40 Sophia Gladieux, Oley (Pa.) Valley
40 Jordan Carr, Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.)
39 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
37 Elizabeth Agatucci, East Chapel Hill (N.C.)

36 Taryn Tkachuk, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
36 Lily Santi, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.)
36 Lauren Wadas, Palmyra (Pa.)
35 Molly Reed, East Chapel Hill (N.C.)
34 Lauren Wassell, Lancaster (Pa.) Country Day School
32 Lilly Smith, New Hope-Solebury (Pa.)
30 Jacey Wittel, Swiftwater Pocono Mountain East (Pa.)
30 Taryn Mayer, Lower Moreland (Pa.)
30 Bridget Murphy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
29 Taryn Ringer, Johnstown (N.Y.)
29 Liz Mazzella, Emmaus (Pa.)
29 Kate Herlihy, Cape May Court House Middle Township (N.J.)
29 Anna Crump, South Oldham (Ky.)

ASSISTS
28 Abby Periard, South Oldham (Ky.)
24 Annika Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
23 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
20 Lilly Smith, New Hope-Solebury (Pa.)
20 Karen Csensits, Emmaus (Pa.)
18 Reagan Underwood, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.)
18 Mia Simpson, St. Louis Lafayette (Mo.)
18 Malayna Kahl, Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.)
17 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
17 Sophia Gladieux, Oley (Pa.) Valley
17 Izzy Zaleski, Lewisburg (Pa.)

CAREER GOALS
180 Sophia Gladieux, Oley (Pa.) Valley
156* Kara Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
127 Lily Santi, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.)
116 Jordan Carr, Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.)
115 Bridget Murphy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
104 Lucas Crook, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)
103 Lauren Wadas, Palmyra (Pa.)
103 Lauren Parente, Wyoming (Pa.) Area
103 Hannah Maxwell, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
*–injured

CAREER ASSISTS
117 Cami Crook, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)
100 Lucas Crook, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)

GAMES UNDEFEATED
119 Los Gatos (Calif.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
52 Delmar (Del.)
48 North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake (Calif.)

We’re pretty sure we are missing some folks here. If you see something not here, feel free to send us an email at TopOfTheCircle.com. Give us a name or a bit of documentation (a website will do) so that we can make the adjustment.

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

Oct. 10, 2019 — A final domino

Recently, the world governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse, called “World Lacrosse,” published new guidelines for the international women’s game.

Some of these changes were expected, such as the institution of free movement, which now makes it the supreme law of girls and women’s lacrosse around the world.

There are other rules, however, that are a little puzzling. The rules change takes away the 12-meter arc (which is called a 15-meter arc internationally because the point of measurement is from the center of the goal circle and not from the crease), and keeps a slightly altered 8-meter fan. The main alteration is that there is not going to be an “island” hash to the extreme left or right wing; instead, any free position shot must start from one of the five hashmarks on the edge of the fan.

Fair enough; that seems to be a hallmark of the WPLL, whose arc is altered slightly to draw perpendicular lines from the goal line to the elbow of the fan to make it look like a grapefruit wedge.

I’m glad that, in this iteration of international rules changes, is that World Lacrosse has not instituted some of the radical proposed Olympic rules using a smaller pitch, taking away the incentive to back up errant shots, and mandating just six players a side.

That, I think, is a bridge too far.

 

Oct. 9, 2019 — Helping out a struggling team

This year, in the Peninsula District for field hockey, is a story of the haves and the have-nots.

The one “have” is Gloucester (Va.), one of the best field hockey teams in the country, a team that passes the ball well, executes, and has already scored 120 goals, conceding zero.

The rest of the teams, scattered across the western reaches of Hampton Roads, are a random collection of young women and their coaches, all trying to keep up with the leader.

One such team is Hampton Bethel (Va.), which lost its coach two games after its season began. The varsity team is now coached by what is likely the youngest coaching staff in the country: Carly Trevathan and Kaitlyn Wolkowich, a pair of recent graduates from nearby Hampton Kecoughtan (Va.).

Trevathan is a student in interdisciplinary studies at two-year Tidewater College, while Wolkowich is studying dental hygiene at two-year Thomas Nelson College. Both had played field hockey at Kecoughtan, and, having seen a Twitter posting about the job opportunity, jumped at the chance to make a difference.

Here’s a link to a good story (it’s paywalled, but worth if it you can get hold of it).