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Oct. 25, 2016 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 23

With some states finishing play in the next couple of weeks, and with the first and second layers of postseason play under way in many areas of the country, this Top 10 will see some comings and goings in the next few weeks.

But with tournament expansion in two of the nation’s larger field hockey states — Virginia and Pennsylvania — it is going to be difficult to predict what is going to happen. It will especially be difficult in the small-school tournaments — Class A in Pennsylvania, and Class 3A in Virginia. A lot of small schools, who used to be completely overwhelmed by playing large regional schools at the state level, may have more of a chance this year at state glory. This could be a major opportunity for a team that believes in itself.

Our No. 11 Team of the Week is Messiah College. With losses by the University of Connecticut, Kean University, and Alvernia University last week, the Messiah Falcons now have the longest undefeated streak in NCAA field hockey, 14 matches.

1. Emmaus (Pa.) 21-0

Won the East Penn Conference title with a 3-1 comeback over Stroudsburg (Pa.); the District 11-AAA tournament awaits

2. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 21-0

Donegal won Lancaster-Lebanon final in a thriller last Thursday; the team enters the 3-AA tournament with confidence

3. San Diego Serra (Calif.) 20-0

Beat San Francisco St. Ignatius (Calif.) 8-0 last weekend; the Conquistators have San Diego Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) tomorrow

4.Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 16-0

Patriots fell behind against Norfolk Academy but managed a second-half comeback to win 3-2

5. Watertown (Mass.) 16-0

Raiders finish out regular season this week at Melrose (Mass) and Wakefield (Mass.) Memorial

6. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 20-1

Penn Manor is seeded first in the 3-AAA Tournament and meets the winner of Lititz Warwick (Pa.) and Reading Exeter (Pa.) on Saturday for what is, in essence, a “tipping point” match for the rest of the season

7. Oley (Pa.) Valley 18-0

Top seed in the 3-A playoffs, the Lynx will play either high-flying Tulpehocken (Pa.) or Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic in the quarterfinals on Saturday

8. Fairfax (Va.) 19-0

Won Liberty Conference championship with a 2-1 win over Langley (Va.); embarks on 6A North playoffs this evening

9. Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) 14-1

Top seed in 1-AA Tournament, will play winner of Springfield (Pa.) and West Chester Bayard Rustin (Pa.)

10. Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 22-3-1

Played Louisville Sacred Heart last night for a chance to meet either Louisville DuPont Manual (Ky.) or Christian Academy of Louisville (Ky.) for the KHSAA state final

11. Messiah College 14-1

A tantalizing match at William Smith awaits this weekend to close the regular season

Who’s out: Norfolk (Va.) Academy, 3-2 loss to Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)

And bear in mind: Los Gatos (Calif.) 12-0, Westport Staples (Conn.) 11-0-2, Darien (Conn.) 11-1-2, Glastonbury (Conn.) 13-0, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 9-2, Lake Forest (Ill.) 17-1, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 21-5, Glenelg (Md.) 15-0, Severn Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 16-3, St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (Mo.) 18-2-1, St. Louis Cor Jesu (Mo.) 16-4, Franklin Township Delsea (N.J.) 17-0, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 14-1, Ocean City (N.J.) 17-2, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 16-2, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 16-2, Moorestown (N.J.) 13-1-1, Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.) 15-3, Medford Lakes Shawnee (N.J.) 13-3, East Setauket Ward Melville (N.Y.) 16-0, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 14-0-2, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin 14-0-1, Chapel Hill (N.C.) 12-1, Cincinnati Ursuline (Ohio) 12-3-2, Gahanna Columbus Academy (Ohio) 16-0-1, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) 19-1, Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 12-2-1, Palmyra (Pa.) 16-2, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 14-4, Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.) 19-1, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 12-2, Norfolk (Va.) Academy 12-2, Brookfield (Wisc.) Academy 14-1-2


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