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Nov. 5, 2019 — Top 10 for the week of Nov. 3

Use whatever cliches you have at hand, but the pressure is on the nation’s field hockey playing teams as the last weeks of the season wind down.  While there is a major crux of tournament finals the weekend of Nov. 16, the scholastic season does not end until the Connecticut public-school state finals on Nov. 23.

That weekend, the NCAA finals are played, then it’s on to the National Festival and, in the immortal words of Jim Davis, to “move this stuff inside.”

This week’s No. 11 Team of the Week is the India women’s national field hockey team. The Eves prepared with its win in the FIH Hockey Series and some Tests against the defending Olympic champions before winning the Olympic Qualifier on aggregate. The team is a living embodiment of the movie Chak De! India, and somehow, I think this side has a great chance of getting through to the knockout rounds in Tokyo.

1. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 22-0
Royals draw Morristown-Beard (N.J.) in the NJSIAA Non-Public North final tomorrow

2. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 20-1
The Vikings draw a tough Medford Lenape (N.J.) team in today’s NJSIAA Group IV semifinal

3. Emmaus (Pa.) 24-0
The Hornets take on Glen Mills Garnet Valley (Pa.) in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA Tournament

4. Gloucester (Va.) 17-0
Dukes take on Norfolk Maury (Va.) in the Class 5A semifinal round this evening for a berth in the state tournament

5. Delmar (Del.) 16-0
After a late winner got the Wildcats past Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.), the team gets a week’s break before taking on the winner of Wilmington (Del.) Friends and Bear Caravel Academy (Del.) in the quarterfinal of the DIAA Division 2 Tournament

6. Somerset-Berkley (Mass.) 19-0
Raiders played Needham (Mass.) Division 1 South Tournament quarterfinals last night

7. Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 20-0-3
Falcons take on Souderton (Pa.) in the PIAA Class AAA octofinals this evening

8. Palmyra (Pa.) 19-3
Cougars take on Flourtown Mount St. Joseph Academy (Pa.) in their first-round contest

9. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 16-1
Falcons take on Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) in one of the most anticipated “tipping point” matchups in the last 20 years in VHSL play

10. Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 15-0
The Titans are the No. 1 seed in the VISAA Tournament which gets underway today with a game against Alexandria Episcopal (Va.)

11. India 7-2-2
It took captain Rani Rampal’s goal eight minutes from the final whistle of Game 2 to give the Eves a 6-5 aggregate win

Who’s out? Oley (Pa.) Valley 1-0 loss to Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.).

And bear in mind:  San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 18-3-1, San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.) 20-3, San Diego Serra (Calif.) 20-1, Darien (Conn.) 15-1, Westport Staples (Conn.) 15-1; Newtown (Conn.) 16-0, Greenwich (Conn.) Academy 15-2-1, Greenwich (Conn.) Sacred Heart 17-1, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) 26-2-1, Assumption (Ky.) 17-10-1, Watertown (Mass.) 18-1, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.) 17-3-1, Oley (Pa.) Valley 22-1, Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.) 17-2-1, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 19-2, New Hope-Solebury (Pa.) 21-0, Hershey (Pa.) 16-6, Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 17-1-1