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Sept. 25, 2018 — Top 10 for the week of Sept. 23

The early days of every year’s Top 10 are the times that try one’s soul, especially with two of the teams drawing matches this week. That fact throws an enormous spanner into the works, resulting in a jumbling of the ranks.

For our No. 11 Team of the Week, let’s give a call to Delran Holy Cross Preparatory Academy (N.J.). The school nearly closed three months ago after the Diocese of Trenton ceased funding of the school, but a group of alumni/ae and a new board are running the place under a slightly altered name. The changes have not affected the field hockey team, which is off to an undefeated start.

1. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 9-0

Vikings play against PIAA Class AAA runner-up Downingtown (Pa.) West this Friday

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

Hornets conceded their first goals of the season in a win over Scardale, then shut out Mamaroneck (N.Y.) last Saturday

3. Emmaus (Pa.) 9-0

Hornets unloaded 50 shots on goal in beating Bethlehem Freedom (Pa.); meets up with Downingtown (Pa.) East this Saturday at noon

4. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 10-0

Mackenzie Allessie (45 goals) leads the nation in scoring, but the team effort to carry the Indians past Oley (Pa.) Valley cannot be overlooked

5. Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 7-0-1

Came back from a 2-2 draw against Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) to beat Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.); Irish have InterAc rival Episcopal Academy this Friday

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

A tough week with yesterday’s clash with North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) as well as a Thursday night game at Mamaroneck (N.Y.)

7. Delmar (Del.) 5-0

Wildcats have five clean sheets against five very unpredictable opponents, including a 3-0 shutout over Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.)

8T. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 9-1-1

Penn Manor showed a lot of fight after falling adrift for the first time all season; Comets could have won the game in the final 10 seconds of regulation

8T. Hershey (Pa.) 6-2-1

Trojans were on the front foot during the contest and almost won it in the final seconds of extra time

10. Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 14-0

Swept its games in the Lake Forest Invitational, including an impressive 4-3 result over Winnetka New Trier (Ill.)

11. Delran Holy Cross Preparatory Academy (N.J.) 5-0

Dana Burgess and Bevan Gebhardt (six goals each) have paced the Crusaders’ attack this season

And bear in mind: San Diego Serra (Calif.) 11-0, Westport Staples (Conn.) 5-0, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) 14-1; Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 2-0-2, Downingtown (Pa.) West 5-1, Palmyra (Pa.) 7-1-1, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 7-1-1, Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 6-0, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 5-0