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Sept. 17, 2019 — Top 10 for the week of Sept. 15

It was National Field Hockey Day last Saturday, and my goodness, what a series of important games. This included Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) winning its Garden State Firm match 4-1 over Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), Hershey (Pa.) beating Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) by a goal, and a late 2-2 draw between Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) and Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.).

Many of the teams in our Top 10 are participating in the National High School Invitational this weekend, and it is certain to jumble teams like letter cubes in a game of Boggle.

Our No. 11 Team of the Week is Lehigh University, a team which started its season 2-0 for the first time since 2002. The team has 10 first-year undergrads who have given the team a sense of purpose and energy.

1. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 5-0
We’ve known for a decade and a half that the hallmark of Ali Good’s teams is good team and corner defense. But this year’s team has outscored the opposition 33-1. They have back-to-back games early this week against Clark A.I. Johnson (N.J.) and Montclair (N.J.) before meeting up with Hershey (Pa.) and Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) at the National High School Invitational

2. Oley (Pa.) Valley 6-0
Sophia Gladieux (12 goals) and Sarah Beers (eight) form a great 1-2 punch for the Lynx

3. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 4-0
Falcons play Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) today before their matches at the National High School Invitational against Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and Garden City (N.Y.)

4. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 3-1
Vikings have three consecutive road weekends, beginning with back-to-back matches against Virginia state champion Cox and Illinois state champion New Trier in the National High School Invitational

5. Emmaus (Pa.) 7-0
The only times the Hornets have been headed this year is a 5-3 win over state title contender Downington (Pa.) West

6. Gloucester (Va.) 5-0
Dukes have Suffolk Nansemond River (Va.) later this week

7. Delmar (Del.) 3-0
Wildcats’ lone game this week is a rescheduled tilt against Edgewater South River (Md.)

8. Somerset-Berkley (Mass.) 4-0
Cami Crook picked up two more assists in a 6-0 win over Cohasset in her personal march to 100 career assists

9T. Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 3-0-1
Falcons got a goal on an untimed corner at the end of regulation to forge a 2-2 draw with Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.); the Falcons participate in the National High School Invitational this weekend against Greenwich (Conn.) Academy

9T. Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.) 6-0-1
Cori Davis had a brace for Greenwood in a 2-2 draw with Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.)

11. Lehigh University 2-1
The Mountain Hawks are looking to finish above .500 for the first time in the last 30 years

And bear in mind:  San Diego Serra (Calif.) 7-0, Westport Staples (Conn.) 0-0, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) 11-0, Louisville DuPont Manual (Ky.) 8-1-2, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 6-0, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 5-0, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) 8-0, Palmyra (Pa.) 6-2, Hershey (Pa.) 5-2,  Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 3-1