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Oct. 11, 2016 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 9

So, if last week’s Top 10 was Henry IV Week, which titular Shakespearian character could describe this week? That’s because, perhaps for the first time since we started doing back-of-the-envelope weekly Top 10s about a decade ago, the word “Eastern” isn’t in the main list.

The Vikings dropped a pair of games in the Pocono Mountains last weekend, to Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) and to Kingstown Wyoming Seminary (Pa.). The first loss broke a 142-game unbeaten streak, and the second started what had to be the first two-game losing streak in at least 17 years for the powerhouse team.

Having seen the team three weekends ago, it does make you how a team that played with such daring and aplomb against Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) come up short last weekend. Then again, like we’ve seen in the past with the wonderful Ellicott City Mount Hebron (Md.) girls’ lacrosse program, other teams have caught up. Which, I think, is good for the sport nationwide.

Below’s Top 10 is through games played on Sunday, despite the fact there were a couple of important games nationwide played yesterday. Those get carried forward to next week.

For our No. 11 Team of the Week, we’re going to give a shout-out to the Thailand women’s field hockey team, which last week won the PTT Women’s AHF Cup for its first continental championship of any kind in 59 years. Thailand now advances to the Hockey Asia Cup in hopes of qualifying for the 2018 FIH World Cup.

1. Emmaus (Pa.) 16-0

Meredith Sholder could hit the 200-goal plateau this afternoon when the Hornets visit Nazareth (Pa.)

2. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 15-0

Sophomore Mackenzie Allessie scored her 100th goal last week; team is confident heading into Lancaster-Lebanon postseason

3. San Diego Serra (Calif.) 16-0

Conquistadors travel to San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) then host San Jose Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) on the weekend

4. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 17-0

Comets finish regular season this evening against Lebanon Cedar Crest (Pa.) before starting league playoffs at the weekend

5.Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 9-0

Patriots beat Frank W. Cox (Va.) 5-1 in a rivalry game, then beat a tough Louisville Assumption (Ky.) side

6. Watertown (Mass.) 11-0

The Raiders have outscored their opponents 58-0 this season

7. Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.) 13-0

Indians were able to outlast Downingtown (Pa.) East, then on Saturday, beat Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) 3-2

8. Oley (Pa.) Valley 16-0

The Lynx have outscored opposition 94-3 this year; finish the regular season against Mertztown Brandywine Heights (Pa.)

9. North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 11-0

Lia Sinisi (14 goals, 15 assists) paces this balanced attack; might the Knights have a claim to the Tournament of Champions title?

10. Fairfax (Va.) 15-0

Emily Deivert (16 goals, 13 assists) leads the Rebel Pride, who finish the regular season at home with Falls Church George Mason (Va.)

11. Thailand 6-0

Tikhamporn Sakunpithak led the tournament with 16 goals for the Thais

Who’s out: Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 3-2 loss to Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) and 2-1 loss to Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.); St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (Mo.) 2-1 loss to St. Louis Visitation (Mo.); Medford Lakes Shawnee (N.J.) 2-1 loss to Moorestown (N.J.)

And bear in mind: Los Gatos (Calif.) 9-0, Westport Staples (Conn.) 9-0-1, Darien (Conn.) 9-0-1, Delmar (Del.) 8-0, Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 17-3, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 16-5, Glenelg (Md.) 10-0, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 10-2, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 10-2, Moorestown (N.J.) 12-0, Medford Lakes Shawnee (N.J.) 9-2, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 10-2, Ocean City (N.J.) 11-1, Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.) 10-2, East Setauket Ward Melville (N.Y.) 13-0, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 12-0-1, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin 10-0-1, Chapel Hill (N.C.) 9-1, Cincinnati Ursuline (Ohio) 9-3-2, Gahanna Columbus Academy (Ohio) 13-0-1, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 11-3, Palmyra (Pa.) 15-1, Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.) 15-0, Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) 11-1, Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 9-2-1, Spotsylvania Courthouse Courtland (Va.) 11-0, Fredericksburg James Monroe (Va.) 10-0


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