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Jan. 27, 2009 — The 2000s: Top 25 Programs of the Decade

Seventh in a series.

Our penultimate look at the 2000s in field hockey is all about the teams. Who was the best, per year? How do you compare across the years, especially in a decade which saw a rise in artificial turf and artificial sticks, and the level of competition raised in the schools? This site makes its attempt.

25. Lehighton (Pa.) 2009
Record: 26-0, won PIAA Class AA championship

A team that built for three years towards the goal of winning a state championship, and finally delivered on a windswept morning just north of Allentown.

24. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 2008
Record: 23-1, won PIAA Class AA championship

The final season featuring the dynamic Kelsey Kolojejchick and Devon Gagliardi.

23. Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 2006
Record: 29-0, won PIAA Class AAA championship

Julie Barton’s game-winner held up through a frenetic, albeit goalless, second half.

22. Plymouth Wyoming Valley West (Pa.) 2003
Record: 20-1-1, won PIAA Class AAA championship

Kelly Smith’s deflection three minutes into extra time gave the Spartans the victory over Lower Dauphin.

21. Emmaus (Pa.) 2001
Record: 26-1, PIAA Class AAA finalist

High-scoring team was flummoxed in the final against Central Bucks East, but team’s achievements should not be overlooked.

20. Williamsville (N.Y.) North 2007
Record: 23-0, won NYSPHSAA Class A championship

The outstanding Chantae Miller took care of the attack end of the pitch, while goalie Nicole Lewis helped on the other end against Shrub Oak Lakeland.

19. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 2006
Record: 23-0, won VHSL Class AAA championship

A splendid return to the top rung after the championship laurels had left the Southeast Region for a time.

18. Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 2007
Record: 26-0, won Kentucky state championship

Gained notoriety by winning a very good pool at the Gateway Invitational in St. Louis and the Husky Invitational in Lake Forest, Ill. and carried momentum through to the state final.

17. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2006
Record: 26-0, won NJSIAA Group IV championship

This edition of the Eastern varsity won the inaugural NJSIAA Tournament of Champions with a 2-1 victory over Group II champs West Essex.

16. Bethesda-Chevy Chase (Md.) 2000
Record: 19-0, won MPSSAA Class 2A championship

The capstone of the B-CC dynasty, this senior-laden Barons team showed the start of its brilliance at the Nyborg Invitational earlier in the year.

15. Moorestown (N.J.) 2004
Record: 22-0, won NJSIAA Group II championship

One of the finest teams that head coach Joan Lewis ever had, the Quakers got a late goal to beat Flanders Mount Olive.

14. Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) 2004
Record: 26-0, won PIAA Class AA championship

The Comets, a team with several future Division I players in its lineup, got 63 goals from Amie Survilla that season, but required an overtime goal from Elizabeth Drazdowski to get by Wyoming Seminary in the final.

13. Buckingham Central Bucks East (Pa.) 2002
Record: 27-1-1, won PIAA Class AAA championship

The team that derailed Emmaus’ perfect season, thanks to future Olympian Lauren Crandall and future national-team pool member Jen Long.

12. Palmyra (Pa.) 2005
Record: 27-1, won PIAA Class AA championship

The Cougars lost their first game of the season and ran the table on the rest of the season, destroying Oley Valley in the championship final. Kelly Fitzpatrick led the team and the nation with 66 goals on the season.

11. Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 2008
Record: 26-0, won PIAA Class AA championship

A team that built for three years towards the goal of winning a state championship, and finally delivered on a windswept morning just north of Allentown.

10. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2009
Record: 26-2, won NJSIAA Group IV championship

The Vikings suffered a 2-1 loss at Emmaus in October and went on a tear, outscoring their postseason opponents 66-4. Kelsey Mitchell led the country with 69 goals and, with a bit more fortune, could have broken the all-time career mark for goals scored.

9. Emmaus (Pa.) 2007
Record: 27-1, won PIAA Class AAA championship

The last season for Rachel, Erin, and Tara Jennings’ senior class, the Hornets’ lone loss was to Eastern.

8. Lititz Warwick (Pa.) 2000
Record: 28-0, won PIAA Class AAA championship

The Indians were led by Chelsea Mearig and Kristin Harris in winning a second straight state title.

7. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 2009
Record: 25-0, won VHSL Class AAA championship

The Falcons started off their season with a victory over Sacred Heart, then rolled through their Beach District schedule. Outscored their opponents in the postseason 69-2 thanks to a front line of Cara Witte, Kelsey Rosenmeier, and Taylor Rhea which was almost unmarkable.

6. Voorhees Eastern (Pa.) 2003
Record: 23-0-1, won NJSIAA Group IV championship

The year that the team’s winning streak was broken, but the Vikings were able to shake off the draw with Kingsway and rolled to the state title.

5. Voorhees Eastern (Pa.) 2004
Record: 24-0, won NJSIAA Group IV championship

The senior season for Lauren, Melissa, and Ashley Walls, and the year Meghan Bain had 49 goals. It was also the first year that Eastern played Emmaus.

4. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 2006
Record: 24-0, won PIAA Class AA championship

The Kolojejchick-Sharkey-Gagliardi trident were at the height of their influence and power, defeating Upper Perkiomen 1-0 in the final. But the game also showed the value of senior Abby Sordoni, who scored the lone goal in the final.

3. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2001
Record: 22-0, won NJSIAA Group IV championship

Swept to a 3-0 win over Flemington Hunterdon Central, and the top players on the team were not yet in the senior class.

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 2005
Record: 28-0, won PIAA Class AAA championship

This is the team that derailed the Eastern unbeaten streak, thanks to a senior class with the likes of Tina Bortz and Jess Werley.

1. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2002
Record: 24-0, won NJSIAA Group IV championship

A team with Lori Hillman and Rachel Dawson roaming the back seven, and Shauna Banta up front. This might have been the finest scholastic field hockey team ever assembled.

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