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Sept. 23, 2017 — Riding the ragged edge

Today feels like the end of the field hockey season and not the first month. Such is the nature of the competition that the nation’s elite teams is finding.

Just today, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) needed an overtime goal from Amanda Beck to beat a very good Plymouth Wyoming Valley West (Pa.) side by a 3-2 scoreline. Down the road at Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.), the Comets beat a competition-hardened Hershey (Pa.) team 2-1.

In Connecticut, Mamaroneck (Pa.) went into Wilton (Conn.) and stole a 3-2 overtime win. The game was seemingly going to go Wilton’s way until a penalty stroke at the death. Sophie Brill coolly disposed of the stroke, and subsequently won the game with a goal 42 seconds into extra time.

It doesn’t get any easier this week, and the fulcrum to this week’s storylines is a few miles east of Pennsylvania’s state capitol. For it is Hummelstown Lower Dauphin who this week will take on Penn Manor, then play its own invitational tournament at the gleaming Kreiser-Hallman complex.

In the field? Donegal.

Should be another thrill-a-minute week in the game of field hockey.