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April 6, 2021 — Top 10 field hockey teams for games played through April 4

I hope you all didn’t blink last month, or you would have missed a lot of the Fall 2 regular season games, especially in California and Virginia. Though you had some good hockey last fall, there are some teams out there this spring who are finding an absurdly rich seam of form, and are handling up some good opponents.

Our RightToRightIsRight.com No. 11 Team of the Month is Coker University, which won the South Atlantic Conference Carolinas championship last weekend with a 2-1 win over Queens University of Charlotte. Coker is a small Division II college that plays out of Hartsville, S.C., and plies its trade in the South Atlantic Conference Carolinas, the alliance of two conferences that currently represent the sum total of all Division II field hockey this spring, seeing as the Northeast-10 and the PSAC didn’t play this academic year.

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.) 8-0
Falcons have been dominant; outscored their last three opponents by a combined 36-0; first VHSL playoff match is next Monday against rival Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) in a game which almost certainly should be the Class 5A grand final like it was in 2019

9. San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.) 11-0
Season complete:
The Falcons’ month-long season (no CIF postseason) included signature wins over Serra and Scripps ranch, and the team survived a player who moved away as well as another who is playing lacrosse in the spring

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. Coker University 6-2
Season complete: Cobras didn’t have it easy this season; the last seven games of their season were one-goal games

And bear in mind:  San Diego Serra (Calif.) 9-1, Glastonbury (Conn.) 14-0, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.) 2-0, 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, Vienna James Madison (Va.) 10-0, Gloucester (Va.) 6-0