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Nov. 11, 2017 — A day in Twitterverse

Today, we followed a number of field hockey games through social media. There were plenty of historical markers, overtime goals, and odd occurrences. Here’s a sample of what happened:

One toe short: The championship streak for Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) reached 19 seasons as the Vikings beat Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) 8-0. It’s an outstanding achievement, given the competition that Eastern has had to go through, year on year, to make it through the Group IV bracket, composed of large New Jersey public schools.

Spare a thought: Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) has a streak which is just as remarkable as Eastern’s, in my opinion. The Panthers have made the state championship final for 13 consecutive seasons, but without winning the big trophy.

I thought that B-R had a puncher’s chance at winning the state championship this year because of what happened last spring with the school’s girls’ lacrosse team, winners of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. And since Alyssa Frazier coaches both teams, I thought there would be valuable lessons learned from last spring. This time, it wasn’t to be. As what has happened many times before, Eastern seized control of the game with a barrage of goals in a handful of minutes.

All day: Mackenzie Allessie figured in on all five goals as Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) beat Manheim (Pa.) Central 5-1. Allessie, the junior, has now become the second player in the history of U.S. scholastic field hockey to break the 90-goal barrier for a season.

Spare a thought II: Credit Manheim Central for not backing off the Donegal challenge; the scoreline today was nothing like what happened when the teams met on Sept. 15, when the scoreline was 9-0 in favor of Donegal. And credit the coaching of Laura Gebhart, a product of the Donegal system.

The costly red: One hidden hazard of receiving a red card is that your team is obligated to play short the rest of the game. And it did not take the University of Michigan very long to take advantage of a 7-on-6 situation during overtime to win its quarterfinal match 1-0.

In the 51st minute of play, a red card was shown to Syracuse’s Elaine Carey after she swung her stick and hit Michigan Maggie Bettez in the shoe after a collision at the edge of the circle. It was a momentary rush of blood, but one which proved costly down the road, as the extra space was ruthlessly exploited in under three minutes.

The orange whammy: One year ago, Princeton scored perhaps the most dramatic goal you will ever see in a defeat of Virginia. On this occasion, Sophia Tornetta pinged in a goal in the final second of play. And the usual suspects were out today as Princeton beat Virginia in overtime. Tornetta almost had the game won for Princeton in regulation, but her 67th-minute penalty corner goal was ruled out for danger.

Instead, the heroine on the day was Ryan McCarthy, who two years ago beat Penn in overtime in what was the de facto Ivy League championship. Her goal in the 92nd minute was the difference and sent Virginia home short of the Final Four for the seventh straight season.