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Sept. 20, 2016 — Top 10 for the week of Sept. 18

Well, it’s been in interesting month.

Not much has gone the way we thought it would, and that goes especially for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Back to the drawing board, I guess. Here’s a list of our weekly Top 10 field hockey teams in the country.

As we’ve done for the last few years, we’ll also recognize a team from somewhere in the American field hockey universe for an accomplishment. This week’s No. 11 Team of the Week is the U.S. women’s Olympic team, which gave such hope to the nation before dropping its final pool match and the quarterfinal to end its participation in Rio..

1. Emmaus (Pa.) 7-0

Hornets have had it easy thus far, but on Thursday, they meet the same Stroudsburg (Pa.) unit which took them to overtime in last year’s District 11-AAA final

2. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 4-0

A statement game last Saturday against an experience Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) team, but the way they upped their level of play should have everyone else quaking in their turf shoes

3. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 5-0

Indians have not conceded a goal this season; their schedule builds the next fortnight towards the Lower Dauphin Classic on Oct. 1

4. San Diego Serra (Calif.) 9-0

The Conquistadors have been steamrolling the competition this season, scoring 83 goals and conceding none

5. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 8-0

Comets had a statement win over Hershey (Pa.) last week; they meet Lower Dauphin next Monday

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

Patriots meet Norfolk (Va.) Academy this week

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

Despite the 6-2 defeat against Eastern, this is still a quality side with a good cast of players

8. Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 5-0-1

Falcons opened the season with an enormous win over state champion Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.) before drawing Hershey (Pa.) the next match

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

Even without U.S. junior national teamer Erin Matson, the Indians have been playing splendid hockey

10. Watertown (Mass.) 5-0

Kourtney Kennedy has been pacing the Raiders as their winning streak is within one of a 47-year-old record

11. United States 4-2

The streaky Americans had a great start to their Olympics but fell off form at the wrong time

Who’s out: Frank W. Cox (Va.) 4-2 loss to Chantilly Westfield (Va.); Chantilly Westfield (Va.) 5-3 loss to Fredericksburg Stafford (Va.); Palmyra (Pa.) 1-0 loss to Hershey (Pa.)

And bear in mind: Los Gatos (Calif.) 4-0, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 2-0, Louisville DuPont Manual (Ky.) 7-1-1, Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 7-1, Glenelg (Md.) 5-0, St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (Mo.) 9-0-1, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 4-0, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin 6-0, Chapel Hill (N.C.) 6-0, Cincinnati Ursuline (Ohio) 7-1-2, Gahanna Columbus Academy (Ohio) 9-0-1, Oley (Pa.) Valley 9-0, Palmyra (Pa.) 5-1, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 5-0-1, Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) 4-1, Stroudsburg (Pa.) 7-0, Chantilly Westfield (Va.) 8-1, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 5-1


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