It’s been a wild last 48 hours in American field hockey, as Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania have declared state champions, the CIF San Diego Section crowned their Division II, Division I, and Open Champions, and the New Jersey Tournament of Champions concluded with an overtime penalty stroke.
Only three scholastic field hockey games remain in the domestic season, and those happen at Deerfield (Mass.) Academy. A tripleheader of games there will crown the three champions of the New England Preparatory Schools Athletic Council.
The “C” championship sees New Hampton (N.H.) take on New Milford Canterbury School (Conn.). The “B” title game features Concord Middlesex (Mass) against Newbury Governor’s Academy.
The “A” game is a bit unusual this year, in that the top two seeds have already lost. Lakeville Hotchkiss School (Conn.) comes into the final as the No. 3 seed, having dispatched Kent (Conn.) in the semifinals, while the fifth seeded Andover Philips Academy (Mass.) had defeated Greenwich (Conn.) Academy in the semifinals yesterday.
As usual, this should be good competition, and, as has been the case the last decade or more, the key to the “A” final will be how Philips, the defending champion, deals with the unorthodox Hotchkiss attack plan, borne from the school’s multisport athletes.
Should be a great final day of the season.