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Oct. 24, 2017 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 22

Last week’s win by Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) over Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) has started a bit of a cascade when it comes to how we think teams would do relative to each other in our Top 10.

It also required a decoupling of the two teams which had played to a draw earlier in the year, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) and Voorhees Eastern (N.J.). Oak Knoll won its county tournament this past week and has an outstanding lineup including Gabby Andretta, who could be one of the rare scholastic players to score 100 goals and record 100 assists. This isn’t to say that Eastern is a slouch; they could very well win their 19th state title next month and come back to beat Oak Knoll in the Tournament of Champions.

Our honorary No. 11 team of the week is Kean University, a Division III school in Union, N.J., only about 10 miles due west of Lower Manhattan. Kean has played varsity field hockey for the last 46 years, winning exactly one trophy: the 2008 ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship. But there is one thing that Kean had never done before last weekend: defeat Trenton State College/The College of New Jersey in a match. The 2-1 win put Kean in an unaccustomed position: the top of the table in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. If Kean is able to win the NJAC postseason tournament, it will make the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time.

1. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 21-0

Second-year goalkeeper Brit Hook has been outstanding, and four Comets are in double-figures in goals and assists

2. San Diego Serra (Calif.) 18-0

Santa Ana heat could affect a key part of the Conquistadors schedule this week

3. Emmaus (Pa.) 21-0

East Penn Conference champions embark on trying to win another District XI title this week

4. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 18-0-1

Bested Clark Johnson Regional (N.J.) in final of the Union County Tournament

5. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 19-1

Opens District 3-AA play tomorrow against Shippensburg (Pa.)

6. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 18-0-1

Will take on the winner of Atlantic City (N.J.) and Williamstown (N.J.) in Group IV South tournament

7. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 16-0

Hornets await winner of Edgemont (N.Y.) and Cortlandt Manor Walter Panas (N.Y.) in Section 1 Class B quarterfinals

8. Norfolk (Va.) Academy (Va.) 17-0

Finishes out the week at Richmond Collegiate (Va.) before embarking on postseason

9. Clifton Park Shenendehowa (N.Y) 15-0

Showdown with Guilderland (N.Y.) was rescheduled to tomorrow

10. Oley (Pa.) Valley 19-1

Beat undefeated West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) last Wednesday, a great jumpoff for the postseason

11.  Kean University 16-1

Cougars can win top seed in NJAC tournament with a win this weekend over William Paterson

Who’s out: None

And bear in mind: Monument Palmer Ridge (Colo.) 14-1-1, Enfield (Conn.) 12-0, Greenwich (Conn.) Academy 12-0, Delmar (Del.) 13-0, Christian Academy of Louisville (Ky.) 21-5-2, Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 19-6, Winchester (Mass.) 15-0-1, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 16-2, Moorestown (N.J.) 12-3, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) 19-1, Eagleview Methacton (Pa.) 20-0, Plymouth Wyoming Valley West (Pa.) 14-3, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 13-2, Downingtown (Pa.) West 18-0, Chantilly Westfield (Va.) 17-0, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 14-1