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Sept. 18, 2018 — Top 10 for the week of Sept. 16

Well, we’re back with another year of our back-of-the-envelope Top 10 teams, which take into account defense, strength of schedule (when possible), and personal observations by watching the teams play. It’s served us well the last two decades, so we’ll see how this year sorts out.

As we’ve also done for the last few years, we’ll also recognize a team from somewhere in the American field hockey universe for an accomplishment. This week’s No. 11 Team of the Week is Rutgers University. The Scarlet Knights are 6-1 overall and recently scored one of their biggest victories in a generation. On Sept. 6th, a late Austyn Cuneo tally gave Rutgers a 1-0 win over No. 6 Princeton, which was the highest-ranked team the program has defeated since beating No. 6 Maryland back in 1998.

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

Vikings showed a lot in their 5-3 win over Oak Knoll, but they have a number of tough opponents in the next two weeks

2. Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 5-0

Enormous wins to start the season against Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) and Downingtown (Pa.) West; team meets Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) this Friday

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

Hornets have shut out all five opponents this year; team meets Mamaroneck (N.Y.) this Saturday at high noon

4. Emmaus (Pa.) 6-0

These Hornets have steamrolled the competition by scoring 76 goals and conceding none, but the tough part of the schedule lies ahead

5. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 6-0

Don’t look now, but the Indians’ Mackenzie Allessie is carrying this team on her back with the graduation of several talented players over the last few seasons

6. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 4-1

This Royals team, despite graduation losses, still has a tremendous cadre of players, especially on the penalty corner defensive unit. Eastern had to work extra-hard to get the five goals they managed last Saturday

7. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 7-1

The Comets have rebounded well after their opening loss to Academy of Notre Dame; a stern test against Hershey (Pa.) looms on Saturday

8. Delmar (Del.) 3-0

Wildcats have a Thursday showdown with Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) and do not have a home game until the beginning of October

9. Oley (Pa.) Valley 8-0

Lynx are looking forward to a Sept. 23rd match against Donegal, a game scheduled to be played at Penn State

10. Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 9-0

Having won the Apple Tournament, the Valkyries had a statement win over Collegiate, winning 9-0; competes in the Lake Forest Invitational this weekend

11. Rutgers University 6-1

The Knights continue their Big Ten schedule with games against Michigan State and Ohio State this weekend

And bear in mind: San Diego Serra (Calif.) 6-0, Westport Staples (Conn.) 4-0, Downingtown (Pa.) West 3-1, Palmyra (Pa.) 5-0-1, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 5-1-1, Hershey (Pa.) 3-1, Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 5-0, Norfolk (Va.) Academy 2-0