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Nov. 17, 2015 — Top 10 for the week of Nov. 15

With one week to go in the U.S. scholastic field hockey season, we’ll see six states and the New England Preparatory Schools Athletic Council conclude play. As such, every knockout game will tell a story, set a trend, or even remain in school lore for decades afterwards.

There is a new wrinkle this year, however. A new tournament in the California Interscholastic Federation’s San Diego Section scarfs off the top eight teams from the two traditional sections and brackets them in an “Open” Division Tournament, which will allow for new teams in Division I and Division II to go deep into the postseason.

In addition, we’ll see how the controversy over the seeding of the New Jersey Tournament of Champions will play out, especially as regards No. 1 Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), a situation we discussed on Sunday. If the Vikings can sweep three games this week, it will frankly rise to the stuff of legend. By the time you read this, the Vikings will have played the opening round, the results of which will not be reflected below because these rankings go only through the end of play on Sunday.

Our honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is Alvernia University, which won the ECAC Division III Mid-Atlantic Championship over the weekend. The Crusaders had been seeded only seventh in the eight-team championship, but won their first-round match in double-overtime against Muhlenberg and just kept on going, winning the final 4-0 over Stevenson.

1. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 24-0

Vikings won 17th straight state title with 5-1 win over Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.), only to receive the fourth seed for the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 25-0

Will take on Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) in PIAA Class AAA semifinals today

3. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 23-1

Won NJSIAA Non-Public state championship and takes on Madison (N.J.) Borough in Tournament of Champions semifinal tomorrow

4. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 25-0

The Indians take on Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) today in the PIAA Class AA tournament

5. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 21-0

Season complete: Defeated Garden City (N.Y.) 4-1 to win its seventh straight state championship in NYSPHSAA Class B

6. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 22-0

Begins play in PAISAA Tournament against Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) today

7. Palmyra (Pa.) 24-2

The Cougars take on Downingtown (Pa.) East in PIAA Class AAA semifinals today

8. Watertown (Mass.) 19-0

Raiders to face Hanover (Mass.) tonight in MIAA Division II semifinals

9. Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) 21-0

Comets face high-powered Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.) in PIAA Class AA semifinals

10. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 21-3

Will face Emmaus (Pa.) in PIAA Class AAA semifinals

11. Alvernia 15-7

Margaret Wentzel had a goal in each half in the championship game; led team with 30 goals on the season

Who’s out: Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.), 5-3 loss to Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.); Stroudsburg (Pa.), 1-0 OT loss to Downingtown (Pa.) East

And bear in mind: San Diego Serra (Calif.) 23-1, San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.) 22-2, San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 21-3, Los Gatos (Calif.) 16-0, Denver Colorado Academy (Colo.) 17-0-1, Lakeville Hotchkiss School (Conn.) 13-0-1, Glastonbury (Conn.) 16-0-1, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 17-0, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) 24-5, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 22-6-1, York (Maine) 17-0, Skowhegan (Maine) Area 15-2, Pittsfield Maine Central Institute (Maine) 14-4, Severn Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 18-0-1, Pocomoke (Md.) 16-3, Bel Air (Md.) 10-7, Severna Park (Md.) 11-6-1, Parkton Hereford (Md.) 17-2-1, Acton-Boxborough (Mass.) 21-0, Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) 16-2, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.) 21-4-3, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.) 21-2-2, Hampton Winnacunnett (N.H.) 15-1-1, Lebanon (N.H.) 16-1, Berlin (N.H.) 18-1, Washington Warren Hills (N.J.) 22-2-1, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.) 22-4, Madison (N.J.) Borough 21-2, East Chapel Hill (N.C.) 20-2, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin 14-3, Worthington Thomas Worthington (Ohio) 19-0-1, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.) 25-2, Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) 20-0-1, North Kingstown (R.I.) 14-6-1, Cumberland (R.I.) 19-0, Houston Kincaid School (Tex.) 18-5-2, Houston St. John’s (Tex.) 21-1, Brandon Otter Valley Union (Vt.) 10-2-3, Westminster Bellows Falls Union (Vt.) 13-2-2, South Burlington (Vt.) 13-3-1, Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 23-1, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 21-2, Yorktown Tabb (Va.) 22-1, Gloucester (Va.) 23-0, Hartland Arrowhead (Wisc.) 


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