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May 26, 2021 — The end of a season like no other

This afternoon, on an artificial grass pitch about 200 yards (straight as the crow flies) from where Constance Applebee taught and coached field hockey for parts of seven decades, the 2020-2021 scholastic field hockey season concluded as the hosts, Bryn Mawr Shipley School (Pa.) defeated Westtown (Pa.) School 4-1.

It’s appropriate, I think, that the domestic season ended in the nation’s most prominent field hockey commonwealth, Pennsylvania. It’s a place which, this season, had to alter its competitive structure because of COVID-19, as only District champions made it into the three PIAA state brackets last fall.

The commonwealth also had the nation’s leading scorer in Hope Rose. The senior had 90 goals for Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.), and she helped carry her team into the Class AAA final with her skills and finishing. She had one of the signature goals of the fall season, carrying the ball 60 yards and beating four Lower Dauphin defenders to put away an angled shot to win the District 3-AAA final in overtime.

Pennsylvania also saw a number of schools opt out of fall competition, but come back in the spring to play in the United X League.

Neither Shipley nor Westtown were in the United X League; they are members of the Friends School League who simply wanted to play a game or two to end the season.

And what a gift for the participants during the waning days of the school year.

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