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March 2, 2021 — Top 10 field hockey teams for games played through Feb. 28

With the start of spring field hockey this past week in California, followed by play in up to six other states, we start seeing some action amongst our Top 10 field hockey teams. There are also going to be a number of crucial matches on both coasts in the first half of March, so we’ll see who comes out ahead when our next rankings come out the first Tuesday in April. i

Our No. 11 Team of the Month is St. Louis University. The Billikens were a program shattered when former coach Maria Whitehead died 14 years ago. But lo, the team has won its first three games, giving them confidence for when they hit the heart of their Atlantic 10 schedule later this month. Head coach Zoe Adkins, the British Columbia native, has gotten the team playing well.

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 open the season with Virginia Beach Ocean Lakes (Va.), then have Virginia Beach Kempsville (Va.) on Thursday; the March 11th match against First Colonial may be the fulcrum on which the entire season balances

9. San Diego Serra (Calif.) 0-0
The Conquistadores travel to San Diego Bishop’s School (Calif.) tomorrow, before Friday’s home tilt against Escondido San Pasqual (Calif.)

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. St. Louis University 3-0
Season complete: Billikens have not conceded a goal this season, but a two-game set against Miami will test their resolve

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