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Oct. 13, 2019 — Top of another leaderboard

With a hat trick in today’s 3-1 win over Ohio State, Corinne Zanolli, the junior forward for Stanford University, has taken over the lead in goals scored in NCAA Division I field hockey with 21.

It’s a total which is one ahead of Erin Matson of the University of North Carolina, who ended today’s action with 20.

Despite the nature of field hockey as undergoing a Score-O decade at the youth level, the accumulation of goals in NCAA Division I is a difficult undertaking. Indeed, in the last five years, the largest goal-scoring total by any U.S. college player is the 39 scored by Charlotte Veitner of the University of Connecticut in 2015.

Indeed, rare is the time when any goal-scorer in Division I gets above 30; one year ago, the national leader in goals scored got just 27.

I’ve always used the caveat that many investment firms use in advertising: “Past performance no indication of future performance.” But it’s telling that a pair of Americans lead the nation in college field hockey scoring. Perhaps this is a good open for Tokyo and beyond.

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