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Sept. 27, 2018 — The Thursday Takeaway

NB: We’ll try to highlight a few prominent regular-season games that will be held later this week and into the weekend. Feel free to print this entry out and take it with you when going to the games:

SUMMIT OAK KNOLL (N.J.) at MAMARONECK (N.Y.)

Where and when: Memorial Field, 5 p.m. today

Records (at the start of play Sept. 26): Oak Knoll 7-1, Mamaroneck 4-1-1

Key early wins: Oak Knoll def. North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 4-0; Mamaroneck def. Greenwich (Conn.) 3-0

Key players: Oak Knoll: Bridget Murphy (jr., f/m), Annabelle Brodeur (jr., f), Emily Antunes (jr., d), Megan Joel (so., m). Mamaroneck: Elizabeth Brissette (sr., m), Brigid Knowles (sr., f), Shannon Maresca (so., g)

The skinny: This is one to watch because, historically, not many North Jersey teams will schedule New York public high-school teams despite their relative proximity. But this match should be a good one since both teams have a defeat already, and would like to avoid a second. This is a matchup of sitting state champions, as Oak Knoll is the New Jersey non-public champ, and Mamaroneck is your current New York Class A titleist.

VOORHEES EASTERN (N.J.) at DOWNINGTOWN (Pa.) WEST

Where and when: Walter E. Kottmeyer Stadium, 3:30 p.m. Friday

Records (at the start of play Sept. 26): Eastern 10-0; Downingtown West 6-2

Key early wins: Eastern def. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 5-3; Downingtown West def. Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) 4-1

Key players: Eastern: Kara Heck (jr., f), Madison Guyer (sr., d), Nina Santore (jr., g); Downingtown East: Julianna Smyth (sr., f), Tatum Johnson (jr., f), Anna Miller (sr., m)

The skinny: This is a matchup of two teams which fell one short of their ultimate goal a year ago. Eastern fell one overtime goal short of winning the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions, while West fell to Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) in the PIAA Class AAA final.

In an attempt to get back to those championship finals this year, both sides have bolstered their schedules. Eastern played Oak Knoll a couple of weekends ago, then, after this game, has a pair of interstate games scheduled against Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) and Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) the first weekend of October. For their part, the Whippets have scheduled PIAA Class AA champion Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.), Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.), and Hershey (Pa.) this season.

NEWTOWN SQUARE EPISCOPAL ACADEMY (Pa.) at VILLANOVA ACADEMY OF NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR (Pa.)

Where and when: Burns Field, 3:30 p.m. Friday

Records (at the start of play Sept. 26): Episcopal Academy 3-0-2, Notre Dame 7-1

Key early wins: Episcopal Academy def. Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) 3-2; Notre Dame def. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 3-2

Key players: Episcopal Academy: Maddie Rehak (sr., f), Macy Szukics (fr., a/m), Sofia Acosta (so., m/d); Notre Dame: Lauren Curran (sr., f), Paige Kieft (so., g), Lindsey Barnes (sr., d).

The skinny: Everyone and their brother in the field hockey world is pointing to the Oct. 17th non-league fixture with Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) as the key game in Notre Dame’s calendar.

We beg to differ; Episcopal-Notre Dame has been the pivot point around which the InterAc, and the PAISAA, revolve. And, like in the English Premier League, we hockey people are fortunate to see this rivalry twice; the reverse match is Oct. 23 at Sonje Volla Field.

DOWNINGTOWN (Pa.) EAST at EMMAUS (Pa.)

Where and when: Memorial Field, noon Saturday

Records (at the start of play Sept. 26): Downingtown East 9-2; Emmaus 10-0

Key early wins: Downingtown East def. Royersford Spring-Ford (Pa.) 2-1 (OT); Emmaus def. Stroudsburg (Pa.) 3-1

Key players: Downingtown East; Caroline Webb (sr., f), Lauren Siezkowski (fr., m/f), Ava Irwin (jr., g). Emmaus: Riley Baughman (sr., f), Annika Herbine (so., f/m), Kayla Kisthardt (sr., m), Kacie Patton (sr., m)

The skinny: As well as Downingtown West played a year ago, do not discount the improvement from the team from the east side of town. This game comes just two days after today’s Downingtown Derby match.

Emmaus has been merciless this season, scoring 115 goals and conceding one. Yep, one. Is this Hornets team primed for yet another state title bid?