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Oct. 19, 2019 — County tournaments gone wild

This weekend sees the championship final of six of the nine single-elimination in-season tournaments in New Jersey. Most of these are what are called “county tournaments,” although there are a couple of exceptions to the orthodox definition of the term.

We’ve already seen the final of the Greater Middlesex County Tournament, the Morris County Tournament, and the Passaic County Tournament.

Today’s finals are in Mercer, Somerset, Union, and Essex County, while tomorrow’s finals are in the Shore Conference Tournament and the Bergen County Tournament.

Each of them have their own stories, not the lead of which is the Union County Tournament final between Clark Johnson Regional (N.J.) and Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.). The Royals will be going for their 10th straight county tournament championship, which would give the current No. 1 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10 a boost towards their postseason.

If there’s another team to watch in these six finals, keep an eye on the Mercer County final. Princeton Stuart Country Day School (N.J.) is a tiny independent Roman Catholic single-sex school which is known for punching above its weight when it comes to field hockey. The team has won four Mercer County Tournament finals, one shared in 1995 and three in an seven-year span from 2002 to 2008.

This from a school which can draw from only about 150 students from grades 9-12. In other words, it’s only about 60 percent of the size of Oak Knoll.

The Stuart Tartans will be going against The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School, which has dominated MCT competition the last 20 or so years, winning the tournament on 13 previous occasions.

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