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March 11, 2021 — No. 8 Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 2, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 1

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — What has made the field hockey match between Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) and Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) one of the best rivalries during the decade of the 2010s?

Well, you can point to the obvious — great players, great coaches, close and memorable games between two schools which are about a mile apart. But consider this: since 2012, one team ended the other’s season seven out of eight years.

On several occasions, it was the VHSL state championship final. In 2018, it was due to an incredible overtime matchup at a frigid Lorton South County (Va.). And in 2019, Cox ended First Colonial’s season at the “tipping point,” the 5A East semifinal round.

This afternoon, at the VIrginia Beach Sportsplex, the two sides engaged in another classic match, with Cox. the No. 8 teams in the Top 10, coming from behind to defeat First Colonial 2-1. The winning goal was an absolute bullet off the stick of Emme Schwartz in the third quarter. Stevie Drum scored her career 79th goal for the Falcons in the second quarter, which had answered FC’s opener in the fourth minute off an Emily Tammaro 1-up off a penalty corner.

At first blush, the game may not have symbolized a great deal when it comes to the Virginia public-school field hockey season. But with every game magnified with the shortened regular season and only one team making it out of each of the four regions in the VHSL playoffs, every play, every touch, every decision is magnified.