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Jan. 14, 2010 — The 2000s: Games of the Decade, No. 20 to No. 2

Third in a series.

There are 10 years of games to choose from when it comes to the finest field hockey matches amongst scholastic teams. Where does one start — and, more importantly, where does one finish?

20. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 3, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2, OT
Nov. 13, 2007

Semifinal, NJSIAA Tournament of Champions

Having won last year’s inaugural T of C, Eastern was keen to win its second only a couple of days after winning its record ninth straight state championship. But the Vikings, for one of the few times in its recent brilliant history, allowed a good individual effort to beat them. Michelle Cesan’s overtime goal gave Oak Knoll the victory.

19. Camden Caesar Rodney (Del.) 3, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 0
Nov
. 13, 2004
DIAA final

Caesar Rodney had a storybook season and came into the championship final with great players in every position. But the Riders lost forward Jaimie Brittingham just 19 seconds into the match. A lesser team might have folded, but Caesar Rodney, led by players such as Casey Howard and Jory Victory, seized the tempo and gave head coach Debbie Windett a state championship.

18. Louisville Collegiate (Ky.) 3, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 2, OT
Aug. 25, 2009
Regular-season game

Collegiate ended Sacred Heart’s 87-match winning streak just days after the Valkyries won the Apple Tournament. Collegiate had missed out on making the final, having been upset in the tourament semifinal round.

17. Johannesburg St. Mary’s School (South Africa) 2, East Chapel Hill (N.C.) 0
Sept. 18, 2004
Final, Sun Devil Invitational

The final game of a two-week tour by a school that was the dominant prep school of the capitol region, the Saints won 23 out of the past 24 interscholastic league championships before coming to the U.S. to play at the National Training Center for a two-day tournament. The final saw St. Mary’s outlast East Chapel Hill, but note that both of these sides sent players to their senior women’s national teams for the Beijing Olympics. Shelley Russell, Cindy Brown, and Lisa-Marie Deetlefs for South Africa and Michelle Kasold, an alternate for the U.S. team.

16. Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) 1, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 0
Nov. 20, 2004

PIAA Class AA final

Elizabeth Drazdowski’s baseline goal capped off a win for Crestwood in a game played at Ambler Wissahickon (Pa.), but one of the burning questions that could be debated for a while was in the next day’s paper: “Did Sem Score?” Less than a minute before the Comet goal, Wyoming Seminary struck a through pass that whizzed by a pair of players just inside the circle, and we may never know for sure whether or not the ball was touched.

15. Moorestown (N.J.) 2, Washington Warren Hills (N.J.) 1, OT
Nov. 23, 2003

NJSIAA Group 3 final

An absolutely sensational finish on the part of Amy Lewis gave the Quakers the state championship. Playing with a cast on one hand, she went towards the left corner, went up the end line, drew the Warren Hills goalkeeper’s attention, and slipped the ball between three diving defenders with the ball in with an international flair.

14. Bethesda-Chevy Chase (Md.) 4, Severna Park (Md.) 3, 2 OT
Nov. 9, 2004

MPSSAA Class 3A final

In an odd twist of demographics, the three most dominant programs in the state (the two finalists and Fallston), were in the same tournament, making this a tougher tournament to win than anywhere else in the country. This was a rematch of the 2003 final, in which speedy Severna Park staked itself to a three-goal lead in just 22 minutes. But the 2004 game was different; B-CC survived Severna Park’s early assault this time, leveled the match 1-1 just three minutes from the end of regulation, then Margaret Mulholland scored on a dramatic untimed corner at the end of the second overtime.

13. Sewell Washington Township (N.J.) 3, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2
Sept. 19, 2008

Regular season game

Previous to this match, Eastern had not lost to Washington Township in 25 years. The Minutemaid program wasn’t alone, mind you — it had been a decade since any team from the eight counties that make up the southern half of the state had beaten Eastern, which had won nine straight state championships coming into 2008. But on this one afternoon, head coach Jeannine O’Connor got Township to believe in itself. The win defined Township as one of the best programs statewide and nationwide, but it also prodded Eastern into the changes it needed to make in order to win its 10th straight state title eight weeks later.

12. Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) 4, Walpole (Mass.) 3
Nov. 16, 2005

MIAA Division 1 semifinal

Walpole was staring at another state championship final when Lincoln-Sudbury scored four goals in the final 11 minutes, three by Anne Niemi.

11. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 3, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2, 2 OT
Oct. 6, 2007
Regular-season game

Yep, The Shoe Game. Kat Sharkey expended so much effort, she broke her shoe during the game and had to have it taped to her foot to stay on. She scored the overtime goal In the most anticipated scholastic field hockey game in four years. The shoe is in Wyoming Seminary’s trophy case.

10. Emmaus (Pa.) 4, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 1
Oct. 15, 2005

Regular-season game

Thanks to Tina Bortz’s scoring and the midfield play of Sarah Jones, Emmaus ended Eastern’s 153-game unbeaten string on a cold, rainy day near Allentown.

9. Buckingham Central Bucks East (Pa.) 1, Emmaus (Pa.) 0
Nov. 23, 2002

PIAA Class AAA final

Ashley Kocis finished off Jen Long’s hi-lo pass that gave the Patriots their first state championship after two straight years of finishing in second place. Emmaus, which had set a Federation record for goals scored by a team coming into the contest, were stonewalled.

8. North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 2, Glen Gardner Voorhees (N.J.) 1, OT
Nov. 20, 2002

NJSIAA Group II Semifinal

Voorhees, playing without its captain because of a drug arrest that took place just as the bus was about to leave for the game, played a heroic game to keep a high-powered West Essex team at bay.

7. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 1, Selinsgrove (Pa.) 0
Nov. 14, 2004
PIAA Class AA semifinal

Selinsgrove and Wyoming Seminary played a semifinal game which was worthy of a championship final. In the end, only a great individual save off the endline by Kelsey Kolojejchick, right to the stick of an open Kat Sharkey, decided the outcome. The Seals, boasting perhaps the most explosive offense it ever had since the graduation of Keli Smith, outshot the Knights but could not finish its chances.

6. Fort Meade Meade (Md.) 2, Annapolis Broadneck (Md.) 1
Oct. 24, 2003
MPSSAA Class 4A East Quarterfinal

Meade High is located in the middle of a military base which also happens to host the headquarters of the National Security Agency. Its student population is 52 percent minority, and many families do not know whether they will be in town from year to year. But by 2003, Meade had appealed to allow boys to play on its roster, by which time the Mustangs had qualified for the state tournament. Anne Arundel County, however, instituted a midseason rule banning boys from playing the sport. Head coach Carrie Vosburg and her 15-player roster upset defending state champion Broadneck in the first round in one of the shock results of the decade.

5. Lehighton (Pa.) 1, Selinsgrove (Pa.) 0, OT
Nov. 21, 2009

PIAA Class AA final

In what was probably the most controversial overtime finish in a PIAA final since Crestwood defeated Southern Lehigh in the late 1990s, Lehighton capped off an undefeated season on Corinne McConville’s penalty stroke, which was given when goalkeeper Amber Wendt’s tackle on left wing Vanessa Rimbey was judged to have been a foul.

4. Fairfax W. T. Woodson (Va.) 2, Virginia Beach Princess Anne (Va.) 1, OT
Nov. 15, 2003

VHSL Class AAA final

Woodson, led by New Jersey transfer Samantha Howard and a host of highly skilled players working within head coach Andy Muir’s system, won on the turf at the National Training Center in an electric finish.

3. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 2, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2
(Wyoming Seminary wins 3-2 in penalty strokes)
Sept. 26, 2009
Regular-season game

In a game sure to reach mythic proportions because of the length of the contest as well as the lack of journalistic coverage of the same, Madeleine Hackett scored three penalty strokes in the 11 rounds of flicks after the teams tied at the end of extra time.

2. Silver Spring Springbrook (Md.) 3, Gaithersburg Quince Orchard (Md.) 2, OT
Nov. 8, 2003

MPSSAA Class 4A final

This game had it all — loud cheering, a bit of booing, yellow-card suspensions, outstanding speed and skills, and a forward nicknamed “Ice Age.” Katie Klass, one of the slowest players in Springbrook practices, showed her desire by making a spectacular solo effort to wrong-way the Quince Orchard keeper and send the student body into hysterics.

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