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Nov. 22, 2016 — Top 15 for the week of Nov. 20

Hey! What’s going on here? Are we entering a parallel universe or something?

Normally, this week would have a last version of the back-of-the-envelope Top 10 field hockey teams in the country. But this year, there is a flaw in the envelope.

Because of an entry error on one of the websites that document the sport, we are going to have to unpack some of what we’ve done already in the Top 10, with the usual shuffling that occurs with the end of the season as state championships concluded, and just add in where we think the teams would have fallen had we done a Top 15 in the first place.

This Top 15 will form the framework for our better-researched Final Top 50 next month. The teams are not guaranteed to be in the same order

1. Emmaus (Pa.) 28-0

Season complete: Emmaus with a comprehensive 5-1 win over a tough Palmyra (Pa.) side in PIAA Class AAA final; Meredith Sholder finishes second all-time in both goals and assists; head coach Susan Butz-Stavin is now just six wins away from 900 in her career

2. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 29-0

Season complete: After Donegal’s thrilling comeback win over Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.), a PIAA Class AA win over Merion (Pa.) Mercy was not totally unexpected, but the 6-2 win certainly was

3. San Diego Serra (Calif.) 27-0

Season complete: Won the CIF San Diego Section Open Division with a 6-0 win over San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.). California-bound senior Megan Rodgers finishes the season with 81 goals

4. Watertown (Mass.) 23-0

Season complete: Raiders won their eighth straight MIAA Division 2 championship with a 4-3 win over Ashburnham Oakmont (Mass.); their unbeaten streak is at 183 matches

5. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 19-4

Season complete: After three losses to Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) in regular-season and tournament competition, the Falcons finally beat their neighborhood rivals 2-1 in VHSL Class 6A final; they had also taken down undefeated Fairfax (Va.) on the way to their 19th state title

6. Moravian (Pa.) Academy 25-1

Season complete: Mayv Clune’s hat trick gave the Lions a 4-3 win over Oley (Pa.) Valley in the PIAA Class A Tournament, but not without a scare in the 59th minute of play

7. Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 22-1

Season complete: Patriots had multple wins over Cox in the 2016 campaign, but fell one rung short in the state final

8. Oley (Pa.) Valley 26-1

Season complete: Spotted Moravian a four-goal lead and almost leveled it; showed great constitution and pluckiness in their second-half insurrection

9. Norfolk (Va.) Academy 20-2

Season complete: Won VISAA Division I title with an overtime victory over Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.)

10. North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 24-1

Season complete: Knights had a win for the ages in a 2-1 win over Eastern in NJSIAA Tournament of Champions

11. Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 23-4-1

Season complete: Beat Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 1-0 in the KHSAA final

12. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 23-3

Season complete: A loss in the Tournament of Champions represents the first time in nearly two decades that this side has lost three games in one season; they still hold the NJSIAA Group IV title, though, the Vikings’ 18th consecutive title

13. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 20-0-2

Season complete: Beat Garden City (N.Y.) 1-0 to win the NYSPHSAA Class B title; the Hornets’ eighth straight state championship

14. Walpole (Mass.) 22-0-2

Season complete: The Porkers got an overtime goal from Emma Flynn to beat Longmeadow (Mass.) for the program’s first state title since 2013

15. Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 19-2-1

Season complete: Got an overtime goal by Quinn Maguire in beating Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 3-2 in PAISAA final

And bear in mind: Los Gatos (Calif.) 17-0, Newport Beach Newport Harbor (Calif.) 18-1-4, Englewood Kent Denver (Colo.) 16-0-2, Darien (Conn.) 16-1-3, Westport Staples (Conn.) 16-1-3, Westbrook (Conn.) 19-1-2, Haddam-Killingworth (Conn.) 16-3-2, New Canaan (Conn.) 15-5-1, Andover Phillips Academy (Mass.) 17-2-1, Delmar (Del.) 18-1, 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, Edgewater South River (Md.) 18-1-1, Sykesville Liberty (Md.) 16-2, Parkton Hereford (Md.) 15-3, Pasadena Chesapeake (Md.) 13-5, 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, Ocean City (N.J.) 22-3, Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.) 21-3, Haddonfield (N.J.) Memorial 19-5-1, The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School 15-5, Clifton Park Shenendehowa (N.Y.) Central 21-0,  Whitney Point (N.Y.) 19-1, 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, Merion (Pa.) Mercy 19-5-2, Palmyra (Pa.) 22-3, Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 15-7-1, Houston St. John’s (Tex.) 18-0-1, Chesapeake Great Bridge (Va.) 23-0, Yorktown Tabb (Va.) 20-2, Stafford Mountain View (Va.) 18-6, Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 19-4-1, Brookfield (Wisc.) Academy 14-1-2


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