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BULLETIN: Sept. 14, 2019 — Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 4, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 1

In the 11th Garden State Firm between two of the best scholastic field hockey programs, the defending non-public state champion Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) seized momentum in the first 10 minutes of the game and did not let go, winning 4-1 over 20-time Group IV state champions Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) in a game played at Oak Knoll’s athletics complex.

Megan Joel had a pair of goals for the Royals, but what was more important was the performance of the Oak Knoll defense. Though Eastern was able to halve its early deficit in the 15th minute off a Tara Somers tap-in on a penalty corner, that was the only goal Oak Knoll would concede all day.

That is a testament to goalkeeper Colleen Quinn (18 saves) and the defense in front of her, which kept Eastern from getting shots at goal for long stretches of the second half, which led to Joel’s second goal and Bridget Murphy’s late penalty stroke.

Oak Knoll will be taking the momentum from this match into next week’s National High School Invitational, where they will be playing defending PIAA Class AAA champion Hershey (Pa.) next Saturday, then against Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) on Sunday.

For Eastern, today’s game was the start of a difficult stretch of matches which include Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) and Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) next weekend.