It’s the last two weeks in the domestic field hockey season, where several state tournaments wrap up, and Pennsylvania’s gets started. A number of champions get crowned by week’s end, and that includes expanded tournaments in Virginia and Pennsylvania.
But while the expansions mean new possibilities, there are persistent challenges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association chooses three champions in pre-seeded brackets. It is known that, for example, the District 1 champion plays the fourth-place team in District 3 in the Class AAA tournament, no matter how good the teams are coming into the tournament.
Yes, it does take decisions out of the hands of a seeding committee, but we’ve seen how many times that Emmaus (Pa.) has met Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) in the semifinal round of the state tournament, and not the final.
Indeed, this year, it is possible that the best game in each of the three brackets of the PIAA could occur before the final. Then again, that’s what we thought last year, but Palmyra (Pa.) took Emmaus to overtime in a thriller. It could happen again.
Our RightToRightIsRight.com No. 11 Team of the Week is the University of British Columbia. The Thunderbirds won the U Sports national championship with a 2-0 penalty shootout victory over the University of Victoria after a 1-1 draw. Rachel Donohoe and Sarah Keglowitsch had the goals in the 8-second shootout round.
1. Emmaus (Pa.) 24-0
Hornets are rewarded for their PIAA District 11-AAA tournament win by being placed in the tougher half of the state bracket; they take on Buckingham Central Bucks East (Pa.) this evening
2. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 25-0
Donegal was rewarded for its PIAA District 3-AAA tournament win by being placed in the tougher half of the state bracket; Indians will play West Chester (Pa.) Henderson today
3. San Diego Serra (Calif.) 23-0
The Conquistadors only have rival San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) between themselves and an undefeated regular season
4.Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 21-0
Patriots got by Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox in overtime to win the Class 6A South final; to meet Langley (Va.) in state semifinals
5. Watertown (Mass.) 19-0
Raiders take on Byfield Triton Regional (Mass.) in MIAA Division 2 North semifinals
6. Oley (Pa.) Valley 23-0
The Lynx are rewarded for their PIAA District 3-A tournament win by being placed in the tougher half of the state bracket; will take on a high-powered Lansdale Christopher Dock Mennonite (Pa.) side today
7. Fairfax (Va.) 23-0
Rebel Pride take on Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) in the VHSL Class 6A semifinals on Friday
8. Palmyra (Pa.) 19-2
The Cougars won the PIAA District 3-AAA championships with a superb effort in the final minutes and in overtime; goalkeeper Cheyenne Sprecher is going to give other teams nightmares, starting with today’s opener against Holland Council Rock South (Pa.)
9. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 22-2
The Comets were less than a minute from winning the PIAA District 3-AAA championship and let it get away in an overtime loss to Palmyra (Pa.); the determined Comets may wind up playing Emmaus (Pa.) in the semifinals, but will have to get by either Hershey (Pa.) or Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) to get there
10. Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 24-3-1
Season complete: Beat Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 1-0 in the KHSAA final
11. University of British Columbia 9-0-3
Thunderbirds win their sixth straight McCrae Cup and their 18th Canadian collegiate championship
Who’s out: Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.), 3-2 loss to Merion (Pa.) Mercy.
And bear in mind: Los Gatos (Calif.) 15-0, Newport Beach Newport Harbor (Calif.) 18-1-4, Englewood Kent Denver (Colo.) 16-0-2, Darien (Conn.) 12-2-2, Wilton (Conn.) 14-1-2, Westport Staples (Conn.) 14-1-2, Glastonbury (Conn.) 16-0, Greenwich (Conn.) Academy 14-0, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 13-2, Wilmington Padua Academy (Del.) 15-0, Lake Forest (Ill.) 20-2, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) 20-5, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 22-6, York (Maine) 18-0, Skowhegan (Maine) Area 14-3-1, Wales Oak Hill (Maine) 17-1, Glenelg (Md.) 17-0, Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 16-5, Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) 15-0-2, St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (Mo.) 21-2-1, St. Louis Cor Jesu (Mo.) 18-5, Plaistow Timberlane (N.H.) 12-5-1, Windham (N.H.) 15-2, Gilford (N.H.) 15-1-1, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 20-2, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 20-1, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.) 21-1, Ocean City (N.J.) 20-3, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 20-2, Moorestown (N.J.) 16-3-1, Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.) 19-3, East Setauket Ward Melville (N.Y.) 20-0, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 18-0-2, Elma Iroquois Central (N.Y.) 21-0, Whitney Point (N.Y.) 17-1, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin 16-0-1, Charlotte Myers Park (N.C.) 18-1, Worthington Thomas Worthington (Ohio) 19-3, Cincinnati Ursuline (Ohio) 14-4-2, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) 20-1, Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 16-2-1, Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.) 22-2, Malvern Villa Maria 19-2, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 17-4, Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 16-3, Brookfield (Wisc.) Academy 14-1-2