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Sept. 19, 2017 — Top 10 for the week of Sept. 17


A lot has happened in the weeks since our Preseason Top 10 was introduced. I’d venture to say it has been the busiest first fortnight in many years. Part of this, I think, is the fact that many states that didn’t get underway until now have pushed their start dates back to Labor Day Weekend. But I also believe that there are a number of coaches and athletic directors who are unafraid of scheduling early matches against powerhouse teams to give coaches and players concepts to work on the rest of the year.

Our honorary No. 11 team of the week is the junior varsity team at Clifton Park Shenendehowa Central (N.Y.). An early-season win over Latham Shaker (N.Y.) gave the JV side a 100-game unbeaten streak, and it was on Sept. 6th against Bethlehem when the Plainswomen’s streak got to 100 wins with three draws. The team did have a goalless draw with Burnt Hills (N.Y.) last week, but their unbeaten streak reached 106 games last week with an 8-0 win over Guilderland (N.Y.).

1. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 5-0

Indians will have an interesting game Saturday at home against Plymouth Wyoming Valley West (Pa.), a team which could contend for state honors out of District 2

2. North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 6-0

Knights will have a game this Saturday against Ocean City (N.J.) which could wind up being another bellweather for the Tournament of Champions

3. Mamaroneck (N.Y.) 4-0

The Tigers will have a road trip this Saturday to Wilton (Conn.) for a showdown at high noon

4. San Diego Serra (Calif.) 7-0

The Conquistadors sent an early message with a 4-0 win over Encinitas Torrey Pines (Calif.); major test to come with fixture congestion having to do with the Serra Invitational

5. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 5-0

Sharon Sarsen earned her 600th win over the weekend and played Wilton (Conn.) yesterday

6. Emmaus (Pa.) 7-0

The Hornets steamrolled their first six opponents of the season, but perhaps feeling the pressure of the occasion, they squeaked by Allentown Parkland (Pa.) 2-1 in overtime of their Cedar Crest Boulevard derby match

7. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 8-0

Don’t look now, but the Comets have outscored their opponents 60-1 to begin the season. Gabby Bitts has been on the receiving end of many a good pass

8T. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 4-0-1

The Vikings had a splendid effort in climbing back twice from second-half deficits, nearly winning it with the last action of extra time

8T. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 3-0-1

The Royals used their maturity and senior leadership to hold down Eastern for the first half, and had every chance to win. Could set up an interesting rematch in the Tournament of Champions if both teams get there

10. Norfolk (Va.) Academy (Va.) 6-0

The Bulldogs have significant wins over Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) and Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.), playing a smart, opportunistic brand of hockey. NA will have its greatest test in the Ring of Honor invitational against Louisville Assumption (Ky.) the first weekend of October

11.  Clifton Park Shenendehowa Central (N.Y.) JV 102-0-4

The feeder team for the current Class A state champions, JV coach Julie Parsons has been around for this entire run of good form

Who’s out: Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 1-0 loss to Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.); Watertown (Mass.) 3-0 loss to Winchester (Mass.); Oley (Pa.) Valley 3-2 loss to Reading Exeter (Pa.)

And bear in mind: Monument Palmer Ridge (Colo.) 4-0-1, Darien (Conn.) 3-0-1, Wilton (Conn.) 2-1, Delmar (Del.) 4-0, Greenwich (Conn.) 3-0, Christian Academy of Louisville (Ky.) 12-2-2, Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 5-2, Wrentham King Philip Regional (Mass.) 4-0, Belmont (Mass.) 4-0, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 3-1, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) 7-0, Oley (Pa.) Valley 7-1, Wilkes-Barre Holy Redeemer (Pa.) 3-0, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.) 6-2; Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 6-0, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 4-0, Chantilly Westfield (Va.) 9-0