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Sept. 15, 2015 — Top 10 for the week of Sept. 13

Well, for the 10th year in a row, we start publishing our weekly Top 10, a quick-and-dirty list of field hockey teams who are playing the best field hockey from week to week. The records and information are as current as we can get them through the preceding Sunday, so if there was an upset result last night, it won’t be reflected here. We’ll maintain this list weekly through Thanksgiving, then we’ll have a better-researched Top 50 in mid-December.

And a per usual, we will also honor a team in the American field hockey universe for an achievement that should be celebrated. So, this week’s No. 11 Team of the Week is Kean University. The Cougars are undefeated thus far this season, and over the weekend, gave head coach Leslie LaFronz her 100th collegiate coaching victory. The meat of the team’s NJAC conference schedule remains, including a Halloween Day game against defending NCAA Division III champions College of New Jersey.

1. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2-0

Here we go again. Vikings have outscored their opposition 23-1 in their opening week; much tougher competition arrives Saturday in the form of defending NJSIAA Non-Public champion Oak Knoll

2. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 2-0

The Royals have a pair of clean sheets in dominating wins over Westfield (N.J.) and Montclair (N.J.). Two more opponents during the week, then Eastern awaits on the 19th

3. Emmaus (Pa.) 3-0

Emmaus has given its all in winning dominant games; Hornets were hoping to get a crack at defending PIAA Class AAA co-champion Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) last Saturday, but thunderstorms postponed the match

4. Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 4-0

First Colonial has outscored its opposition 29-2; senior Haley Schleicher has become the only player in National Federation history to score 150 goals and assist on 150 others in a career; and she is now only the second to have a hand in at least 300 varsity goals

5. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 3-0

Sent an enormous message in beating Warrington Central Bucks South (Pa.), a PIAA Class AAA semifinalist last year, in the season opener, by a 6-0 count

6. Palmyra (Pa.) 3-0

The Cougars have not had the easiest of times in the early season, struggling past Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.) last Saturday

7. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 5-0

The Hornets have outscored their five opponents 35-2; team makes the drive up Rt. 6 to play Mahopac (N.Y.) on Saturday

8. Watertown (Mass.) 2-0

Two games, two shutouts. What else is new? Team takes on Reading (Mass.) on Wednesday

9. Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.) 3-0

Erin Matson, the sophomore who is on the U-21 national team, already has 11 goals on the season

10. Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) 4-0

The Comets came away with a 3-2 OT win at Selinsgrove (Pa.) last Saturday

11. Kean University 6-0

Beat Keuka 10-0 and Wilson 9-0 at the Wilson College Invitational last weekend; team has conceded exactly two goals all season

And bear in mind: San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.) 3-0, Los Gatos (Calif.) 2-0, Wilton (Conn.) 0-0, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 0-0, Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 2-0, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.) 7-0-1, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.) 8-0-2, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.) 3-0, Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day School 6-0, Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 4-0, Houston St. John’s (Tex.) 6-0, Norfolk (Va.) Academy 4-0, Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 7-0


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