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Sept. 20-22, 2019 — ADVISORY: The Final Third

This weekend, for the National High School Invitational, we will bring you coverage of several games in our whiparound style.

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Sept. 20, 2019 — Inside the National High School Invitational, part 3

The last couple of days, we’ve created some bite-sized analyses of games in the inaugural National High School Invitational in Conshohocken, Pa. We’re doing three “match windows” per day, so today is all about the late Saturday and Sunday games:

Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa). vs. Winnetka New Trier (Ill.): Both of these varsity teams have been bolstered by the play of several players from local club programs. Notre Dame has players from both the WC Eagles and XCalibur, while New Trier has a number of athletes who have trained with the Windy City club side.
Gambrills Arundel (Md.) vs. Greene (N.Y.): Greene hails from Section 4 in New York, which has won at least one state championship in field hockey 22 out of the last 30 years. Last year, Greene and Maine-Endwell (N.Y.) won state titles, and Greene beat M-E twice. Arundel is part of an Anne Arundel County region that has sent Pasadena Chesapeake (Md.), Severna Park (Md.), and Edgewater South River (Md.) to state championships.
Dexter (Mich.) vs. Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.): Dexter has had a strong start to its season, winning its first six games by shutout before drawing Saline (Mich.) 1-1. Sacred Heart is the only scholastic field hockey team in the country with blue artificial turf; it is the team’s two-year-old water-based pitch.

10 a.m. SUNDAY
Norfolk Cape Henry Collegiate (Va.) vs. Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.): Cape Henry won its first three matches of the season via shutout, including a 4-0 win over Yorktown Tabb (Va.). Sacred Heart won its first two matches by way of shutout, outscoring their opposition 15-0.
Blairstown Blair Academy (N.J.) vs. Clifford Park Shenendehowa (N.Y.): Blair Academy was founded in 1848 as a co-educational institution, but went all-boys from 1915 to 1970. Blair Academy has found mixed success in the NJISAA, but last year had its best won-loss record. Shenendehowa’s centralized school district was formed in 1950, and is the largest school district in Saratoga County.
Dexter (Mich.) vs. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.): A player to watch for Dexter is Abigail Tanner, who committed to Michigan while in her ninth-grade season. Lakeland’s players to watch are senior Jenna McCrudden and junior Emma Fon.
Louisville DuPont Manual (Ky.) vs. Garden City (N.Y.): It’s hard to know who to key on for Manual, as five players have at least three goals on the season. Garden City is having to retool after heavy graduation losses, but has won the Nassau County title (New York’s Section 8) 24 out of the last 25 seasons.
Owings Mills McDonogh School (Md.) vs. South Hamilton Pingree School (Mass.): Potential that showed in an opening-day 5-3 win over the legendary Severna Park (Md.) and a win over Sykesville Century (Md.) has ebbed a little with consecutive defeats to Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) and Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.). Pingree has had a strong start to its season with two consecutive shutouts.

Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) vs. Malvern Villa Maria Academy (Pa.): This should be an absolute doozy of a game to finish off this weekend’s games. Oak Knoll is now the No. 1 team in the land, and has an offensive juggernaut to match its excellence on the defensive end. Villa Maria, which has always had good attacking talent, is looking to right the ship after consecutive defeats to Flourtown Mount St. Joseph Academy (Pa.), Merion (Pa.) Mercy, and Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.).
Owings Mills Garrison Forest School (Md.) vs. Greenwich (Conn.) Academy: One week ago, Garrison Forest beat an interstate prep-school team in Richmond St. Catherine’s (Va.). Its education has continued during this weekend’s games and concludes with Greenwich Academy before heading back into IAAM action in the week ahead.
Fort Washington Germantown Academy (Pa.) vs. Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.): These are two more schools which better known for a sport other than field hockey. Germantown Academy has been one of the country’s strongest swimming schools in the last four decades, and Notre Dame Prep is a girls’ lacrosse powerhouse which cemented its place in history two years ago when it ended McDonogh’s 198-game lacrosse win streak.
Greene (N.Y.) vs. Mount Holly Rancocas Valley (N.J.): Greene has had a rough start to its 2019 season with a pair of early defeats, and is looking to mount a comeback against Rancocas Valley, which also has a pair of early defeats.