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Jan. 5, 2021 — Top 10 for games played through Dec. 17

With optimism and hope that American scholastic field hockey might return to play this month, we roll out yet another back-of-the-envelope look at the very best of scholastic field hockey this fall.

The COVID-19 contagion has had a huge impact on the sport on multiple levels. Not only have we not seen the better teams in the country getting tested deep into a postseason, we also saw a lot of teams winning their terminal matches (state finals in some places, sectional finals in others) by large margins. Take, for example, our No. 1 team, Delmar (Del.). The Wildcats, in beating Bear Caravel Academy (Del.) in the DIAA Division 2 final, outshot their opponents 18-1 and out-cornered them 23-0.

Our RightToRightIsRight.com No. 11 Team of the Month is Orchard Park (N.Y.), which won the Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division I title for the first time in 30 years, thereby taking the top seed in the state’s Section IV Tournament.

1. Delmar (Del.) 15-0
Season complete: Wildcats beat Bear Caravel Academy (Del.) 4-1 to win their fifth consecutive state championship. The stateliners yielded exactly two goals during the season whilst crafting a number of artful goals on the attack end

2. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 14-0
Season complete: Vikings got by Medford Lakes Shawnee (N.Y.) 9-0 to win NJSIAA Southwest D sectional championship

3. Emmaus (Pa.) 11-0
Season complete: Solid team effort gave the Hornets a 4-0 state championship win against Harrisburg Central Dauphin in the PIAA AAA final

4. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 14-0-1
Season complete: Beat Summit Kent Place (N.J.) 3-0 in NJSIAA Central-East E sectional final

5. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 17-0
Season complete: Beat Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.) 3-0 to win PIAA Class A final

6. Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.) 0-0
Season complete:
 Sacred Heart has finished its playdays and did not have a timed, scored, and umpired game during the open week of competition in November

7. St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.) 14-0
Season complete: 
Won Midwest Field Hockey Association championship with a 1-0 overtime win over St. Louis John Burroughs (Mo.) on a backhand golazo by Taryn Tkachuk

8. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 0-0
Falcons, and the rest of the Virginia High School League, are scheduled to begin practice Feb. 15th

9. San Diego Serra (Calif.) 0-0
Serra’s first possible varsity date is scheduled to be Jan. 25th, but depends on several factors, including state, county, and sectional guidelines

10. Cohasset (Mass.) 13-0
Season complete: Dominated all comers in the South Shore League; it’s an open question how they would have done in the MIAA state tournament bracket

11. Orchard Park (N.Y.) 14-2
Season complete: Lost 2-1 to Lancaster (N.Y.) in NYSPHSAA Section VI final

And bear in mind:  San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 0-0, Glastonbury (Conn.) 14-0, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.) 0-0, Longmeadow (Mass.) 6-0, Walpole (Mass.) 8-0-1, Franklin (Mass.) 11-0-2, Andover (Mass.) 6-0, Dexter (Mich.) 16-0-1, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 12-0-1, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 13-1, Charlotte Providence Day School (N.C.) 12-0, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 7-1, Columbus Bishop Watterson (Ohio) 18-3, Palmyra (Pa.) 15-2, Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.) 16-2, Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 6-0, East Greenwich (R.I.) 9-0, Langley (Va.) 0-0, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 0-0

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