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Sept. 25, 2017 — Another week, another milestone

Over the weekend, Ann Marie Davies became the 13th member of the 600-win club for field hockey coaching victories with a 7-1 win over Morristown-Beard School (N.J.).

For Davies, the win mark comes at a very interesting juncture of the history of the Madison (N.J.) Borough program. The Dodgers have always been amongst North Jersey’s best teams, having won five state championships, the latest in 2015.

And Madison has always seemed, in winning its championships, to be able to overcome some pretty amazing opposition whether they were playing in the Group I tournament (New Jersey’s classification for the smallest schools), or the always competitive Group II tournament (for slightly larger schools).

Indeed, Davies is one of only a small handful of coaches who can count a win over West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.) and 800-win coach Nancy Williams in a state final when the Dodgers won the 1995 Group I title.

Now, these two legends are the only two in the recorded history of New Jersey field hockey to cross the 600-win barrier. Davies is in pretty awesome company.