Today’s Games of the Day
Gilroy (Calif.) at San Jose Archbishop Mitty (Calif.)
Last week, Gilroy managed to draw rival Los Gatos (Calif) after falling behind by two early. Mitty, which lost to Los Gatos last week, gets a shot at Gilroy in an important game for Blossom Valley Athletic League honors.
Lititz Warwick (Pa.) vs. Greensburg Hempfield Area (Pa.) at Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.)
Does this pairing look familiar? This was the matchup for the championship final of last year’s Pennsylvania Class AAA championship. Only this year, these same two schools meet in the first round of the District 2-Class AAA tournament, meaning that one of these two teams will go home after this game. Such is the nature of high-school sport.
This week, playoff field hockey ramps up in Pennsylvania and closes in Maine and Kentucky, which should shake up a few things as regards the rankings.
But there is plenty of regular-season hockey left, especially when it comes to the last two teams that have held the New Jersey Tournament of Champions. Both Oak Knoll and Eastern are excellent teams with talent galore, skills, and the ability to play field hockey from the neck up — in short, they are going to be perfect foils for each other if they meet in this year’s T of C final. Mind you, that’s a pretty big “if,” since every team they face in the next month will be up to challenge.
Our RightToRightIsRight.com No. 11 Team of the Week is Lakeland High School. But it’s neither of the two you might have throught of. This site has noticed the tremendous accomplishments of Suffolk Lakeland (Va.) and Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) the last few years. But what Wanaque Lakeland Regional (N.J.) did over the weekend was some 38 years in the making. The Lancers, with a 2-1 win over Wayne (N.J.) Hills, won its first Passaic County Tournament. Credit should go to head coach Patty Kebrdle, who has turned around a program that won one game in 2008.
1. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 18-0
The Vikings are 18-0, have scored 159 goals, and are playing on another planet. Think about this: when was the last time Moorestown (N.J.) lost to any team by a 10-0 margin?
2. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 17-0
Beat Cranford (N.J.) 3-0 in the semfinals of the Union County Tournament and has Summit this week in the final
3. Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 15-0
Warmed up for Beach District play with a 10-3 win over Richmond St. Catherine’s (Va.)
4. Skowhegan (Maine) Area 16-0
Will take on Oakland Messalonskee (Maine) today for the Class A East championship and a berth in the state final
5. Wilton (Conn.) 14-0
Closes out regular season before embarking on FCIAC Tournament where it might meet up with Darien (Conn.) again
6. Watertown (Mass.) 16-0
Raiders remain unbeaten and have shut out 12 of their opponents
7. Yorktown Tabb (Va.) 16-0
Bay Rivers District tournament begins this week
8. Emmaus (Pa.) 19-1
Looks for a 24th consecutive District 11 tournament in the next couple of weeks
9. San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 16-0
Falcons ramp up next week with consecutive games against Point Loma, Serra, and Madison
10. Royersford Spring-Ford (Pa.) 19-0
Rams are the top seed in the District 1-AAA Tournament and might be a favorite for state honors
11. Wanaque Lakeland Regional (N.J.) 14-0-1
Rachel Reynolds, Mandy Avery, and Paige Johnson have led the SMU offense
Who’s out: Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 2-0 loss to Darien (Conn.)
And bear in mind: Lakeville Hotchkiss School (Conn.) 9-0, Darien (Conn.) 14-1, Greenwich (Conn.) Academy 13-1, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) 24-1-1, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 21-1-1, Severna Park (Md.) 10-3, Edgewater South River (Md.) 12-1-1, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 15-1, Farmingville Sachem East (N.Y.) 13-0, Garden City (N.Y.) 13-1, Greene (N.Y.) Central 13-0, Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 19-1, Radnor Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 17-1, Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 19-2, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 18-1-1, Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) 16-2, Wilkes-Barre Holy Redeemer (Pa.) 13-2, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 11-5-1, Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.) 14-4-2, Suffolk Lakeland (Va.) 15-1