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Aug. 20, 2015 — The countdown begins

In just 30 days, a game that could be the entire point of reference for the 2015 scholastic field hockey season will be played.

I know, I know. This has been written before.

But in this case, there’s a bit more urgency.

For it has come to pass that the two teams which have defined the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Tournament of Champions have scheduled a night game during the regular season.

That’s right. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) is playing Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) at McAleer Stadium on Sept. 19, 2015. As far as we can tell, it’s junior varsity at 4 p.m., varsity at 6 p.m.

Even though both teams lose a legendary scorer (Carolina Andretta for Oak Knoll, Austyn Cuneo for Eastern), the competition between the teams should still remain just as fierce.

After all, it was Oak Knoll and Michelle Cesan who handed Eastern its first in-state loss in 209 matches in the 2007 Tournament of Champions semifinals, then won the 2010 Tournament of Champions, again beating the Vikings. But in the 2013 and 2014, Eastern won the T of C finals, both against Oak Knoll.

But there is a little extra spice for this fall: Oak Knoll is coming off a girls’ lacrosse season in which it won the Tournament of Champions final in that sport. The Royals’ roster last spring had six players who were on the field hockey team that dropped a razor-thin 3-2 loss to Eastern last November.

I get the feeling, for many reasons subtle and unsubtle, that this is going to be more than just a game.

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