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Oct. 6, 2015 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 4

It was a week of near-misses. A number of teams tried to knock off members of our Top 10 last week, but No. 2 Emmaus (Pa.) held on in overtime, No. 4 Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) got a late winner, and No. 5 Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) got a fifth-round penalty stroke winner to hold of a game Lower Dauphin side. Given the competitiveness of hockey nationwide, this isn’t the last we’re going to see of dramatic results, I assure you.

This week’s No. 11 Team of the Week is Milford Caroline (Va.), which plays in the very tough Conference 19 in central Virginia. Amongst the team’s league rivals are former VHSL champions Fredericksburg Chancellor (Va.) and Fredericksburg James Monroe (Va.). But the Cavaliers have found recent success with consecutive wins over Heathsville Northumberland (Va.) and Mineral Louisa (Va.).

1. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 9-0

Nikki Santore (20 goals, 18 assists) paces the Vikings’ attack

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 11-0

Meredith Sholder (39 goals, 21 assists) led the Hornets on a comeback last Saturday against Pottstown Owen J. Roberts (Pa.)

3. Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 10-0

About the only thing that could stop First Colonial and attacker Haley Schleicher (42 goals, 31 assists) was the weather that blew through the mid-Atlantic

4. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 8-1

Ali McCarthy (15 goals, 4 assists) got the lone goal that beat North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) last week

5. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 13-0

Episcopal Academy got a late penalty stroke goal to get by Lower Dauphin to deny the Falcons the championship of the Falcon Classic for one of the rare times the tournament has been contested

6. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 10-0

Dana Bozek (18 goals, 16 assists) is one of the Hornets’ leaders; team will have a tough test against Mamaroneck (N.Y.) this Saturday

7. Watertown (Mass.) 10-0

Though the Raiders have maintained their excellence, giving up only one goal all season, a very tough Belmont (Mass.) side awaits this Thursday

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

Will have a showdown with Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) this Saturday morning

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

Poured 83 shots on cage against Wilkes-Barrie G.A.R. Memorial (Pa.) and Berwick (Pa.) in dominating victories

10. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 11-0

Gabby Bitts (19 goals, 5 assists) leads the Comets’ attack

11. Milford Caroline (Va.) 4-6

A dozen returning players have helped this team’s hopeful start

Who’s out: None

And bear in mind: San Diego Serra (Calif.) 13-1, San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 10-1, Los Gatos (Calif.) 6-0, Darien (Conn.) 7-0, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 5-0, Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 14-1, Severn Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 7-0-1, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.) 14-2-3, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.) 12-0-2, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.) 9-0, Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day School 10-0, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 14-0, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 11-1-1; Houston St. John’s (Tex.) 12-0, Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 10-0


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