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Oct. 27, 2015 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 25th

Call last week “Decision Week,” as a number of our Top 10 were pushed to within an inch of their lives through close matches. And that’s even before state tournament play starts for most of them.

I think there are going to be a number of teams in play for the Top 10 coming over the next month or so. Indeed, there is a lot going on with teams that are in our “Bear In Mind” pool, including San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) pulling off a sweep of three northern California sides over the weekend, and with Houston Kincaid (Tex.) handing Houston St. John’s (Tex.) its first loss of the season.

The honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is the Ireland men’s field hockey team. With Australia’s 3-2 win over New Zealand in the Oceania Cup over the weekend, Ireland’s field hockey team qualifies for its first Olympics in 107 years. Back then, the United Kingdom had four of the six field hockey teams entered at London 1908. Ireland’s team won the silver medal in the tournament.

Ireland’s success for the 2016 Olympics is a pretty massive achievement for the country in team sports, given the social impetus of Gaelic Athletic competitions in football, hurling, and camogie rather than field hockey and soccer. It is the first time that Ireland has earned a berth in a team sport since 1948.

Now, if you had been in southern California in early 2015, you would have seen this team on full display as they swept all six matches in the Round 2 tournament in Chula Vista. The Green Machine kept up this form at the semifinals, eventually finishing fifth with a win over Malaysia.

1. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 18-0

Vikings struggled with Sewell Washington Township (N.J.) and Moorestown (N.J.), but came out with important wins

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 20-0

Managed to get an OT win over Stroudsburg (Pa.) in East Penn Conference tournament; the District 11 tournament begins this week

3. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 17-1

Earned 6-0 win over Clark Johnson Regional (N.J.) late last week

4. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 16-0

Only team with a bye in NYSPHSAA Section 1 Class B

5. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 18-0

Got by Rosemont Agnes Irwin (Pa.) last Tuesday before shutting out Philadelphia Penn Charter (Pa.)

6. Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.) 18-0

Indians earned top seed in PIAA District 1 Class AAA tournament and has a bye into the second round; Erin Matson is on a tear; now has 38 goals on the season

7. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 21-0

The nation’s highest-scoring team was somehow seeded second in District 3-AA behind one-loss Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.) after getting by Penn Manor

8. Watertown (Mass.) 17-0

Watertown now faces a two-week break in between matches because it is one of the top seeds in its region, and will likely have a bye into the second round

9. Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) 16-0

Comets have Shickshinny Northwest Area (Pa.) in the first round, but a dangerous Exeter Wyoming Area (Pa.) team awaits in the quarterfinal round

10. Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.) 18-0

The defending state Group II champions are looking to win a second straight Shore Conference Tournament championship against familiar foe West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.) tomorrow

11. Ireland 9-2-1

The Irishmen had swept all six matches in World League Round 2 before a gutsy fifth-place finish in the World League Semifinals sent them to Rio and eliminated contenders like Pakistan

Who’s out: Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 1-0 loss to Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)

And bear in mind: San Diego Serra (Calif.) 16-1, San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 17-2, Los Gatos (Calif.) 11-0, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 12-0, Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 24-1, Oakland Messalonskee (Maine) 16-0, Severn Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 14-0-1, Acton-Boxborough (Mass.) 16-0, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.) 18-4-3, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.) 19-1-2, Sewell Washington Township (N.J.) 14-2, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 18-1, Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day School 13-1, Charlotte Providence Day School (N.C.) 15-3, Worthington Thomas Worthington (Ohio) 15-0-1, Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 19-1; Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 15-2-1; Palmyra (Pa.) 18-2, Houston Kincaid School (Tex.) 16-4-2, Dallas Hockaday (Tex.) 11-1, Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 17-1, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 15-1, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 13-1, Chantilly Westfield (Va.) 14-2, Norfolk (Va.) Academy 11-3


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