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June 30, 2021 — Two down, one to go

Today in Virginia Beach, Va., the third age group of the National Club Championship is being contested by 16 field hockey teams from coast to coast.

In the last week, the W.C. Eagles club side have pretty much swept to victory in the U-14 and U-16 division. The U-19 club side, as listed in the official program, should be a heavy favorite to make it a third gold medal. In fact, I think this roster may be the single strongest side in club hockey in recent memory.

Several of the players on the W.C. Eagles side have just been called into national-team duty, both indoors and out. This includes players such as Hope Rose, Ashley Sessa, Beth Yeager, Ryleigh Heck, and Kelly Smith.

However, this all-star team has to be looking across at other teams in other pools as play continues. That’s because, if W.C. Eagles wins its pool, it will have to play the second-place team in Pool A. At the end of the second round of play within Pool A, the team currently in second are the ShoreByrds, a team featuring a number of well-trained players from the Delmar (Del.) field hockey team, which was the top team in the 2020-21 academic year.

The ShoreByrds are in second only through goal differential, and will be playing Gateway in the third round of pool play tomorrow morning. If Gateway wins or ties this game, the ShoreByrds will play W.C. Eagles in the first-round crossover matches tomorrow afternoon. If the ShoreByrds win, they’ll win Pool A and avoid W.C. Eagles until the final.

Mind you, there are 14 other sides in this competition, each of which have worked long hours to get to this tournament. I think three to look for are Rush, Freedom HKY, and Spirit of USA.

Rush is made up of players from southern California, and had a very hectic and harried winter field hockey season which was pushed back on a number of occasions because of COVID cases in the general population. The team is, therefore, the one which I think may have the greatest sense of anticipation for getting out to play.

Freedom is quickly becoming an excellent club side on the American scene, finishing fourth in the U-14 tournament and third in the U-16 tournament. Spirit of USA has rising junior Olivia Bent-Cole, who is one of the more exciting players in the U-19 division.

June 29, 2021 — Field hockey United States Coach of the Year: Carrie Holman, Vienna James Madison (Va.)

In a scholastic field hockey year like no other, the state championship for Vienna James Madison (Va.) took place under circumstances that could only happen in a pandemic setting.

Think of this: a group of players, sticking together through a preseason lasting from August until February, are unleashed on their opposition teams in a sprint of a season, all the while motivated by a couple of mind-boggling expectations. And when the time came for the group to claim the ultimate prize, their leader could not be with them because she was two days away from giving birth.

But Carrie Holman’s team pulled through and won the final — by shutout. For steering the Warhawks through a season like no other, giving up no goals in the process, Holman is the TopOfTheCircle.com United States Coach of the Year for the 2020-21 academic year.


The James Madison field hockey team’s preseason began in August with two unanswered questions: “Will the Virginia High School League have a season?” and “When will the season take place?”

For the next five months, individual players worked out on their own or in small groups, as the Warhawks team was not allowed to have organized team activities as a group. As more news spilled out about the form and fashion of the season to come, the players kept on training, even as the fall season was postponed into a “Fall 2” season spanning about six weeks over the late winter and early spring.

Holman, as it turned out, had a lot of confidence about the kind of team she would be able to put onto the field when field hockey got the green light from authorities.

“I saw this group of seniors when they were freshmen, and I was the JV coach,” Holman says. “We knew they had the potential to be really good.”

Over a Zoom meeting shortly before training camp began, the team reached a consensus in the form of their team goals.

The two goals: “Have an undefeated season,” and “Not give up a goal all season.”

The latter of the two goals was a lofty one indeed. Less than a dozen teams have ever shut out all of their opponents in a season lasting eight games or more in the recorded history of scholastic field hockey in America.

These goals were tested early and often. First off, the opening outdoor practice for the Warhawks was postponed due to snow. There were no preseason friendlies in the Fall 2 field hockey season, meaning that every hour of practice before the team’s March 2 opener against Chantilly Westfield (Va.) was a precious resource.

Holman managed to get the team together in time to compete. She knew that her strength was in the senior class, and her personnel strength was in the midfield. She chose to put her three key players in a midfield triangle: Tess Satterfield as an attacking center midfield, and Lacey Rousseau and Elizabeth MacNiff as holding midfielders.

Against a Westfield team which had, only three seasons earlier, won the state championship, Madison won the opener on a last-minute goal. The team kept on winning, spinning together clean sheet after clean sheet. Holman’s coaching style was borne of simplicity: wind up the players in practice, let them go in games, and it if it gets results, don’t mess with it.

The results kept coming. The team, having placed first in league, had to go to the Northern Virginia Regional tournament (now known as the VHSL Class 6D Tournament) knowing that there was no room for error: only the winner of the regional would get to the four-team Class 6 state tournament. In a comprehensive performance to finish off the 13-team bracket, James Madison beat Arlington Washington-Liberty (Va.) 4-0 to advance.

After a win 2-0 over Fairfax W.T. Woodson (Va.) in the state semifinal game, the Warhawks would meet Virginia Beach Floyd Kellam (Va.) in the state title match.

The encounter would not be easy. The Warhawks would have to travel down to Virginia Beach for the game, but Holman, only two days from giving birth to son Rian, would not be making the trip. In addition, the town of Vienna wouldn’t be coming out to the game like it normally would because the school’s football team was playing in the state semifinals that day.

The odds should have been stacked against James Madison maintaining a shutout, much less winning the game.

But, in this pandemic year, there was an extra factor: technology. Holman watched the Virginia High School League state final through the NFHS Network, a digital channel run by the National Federation of State High School Associations. During quarter and halftime breaks, she connected with assistant coaches Noelle Anderson and Rachel Cooke by video call.

Satterfield would score in the 45th minute to give the Warhawks their first state championship in field hockey, and in the process, made history.


ALSO CONSIDERED:

Chantal Ayers, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.)
Christina Elisio, Radnor Archbishop Carroll (Pa.)
Jodi Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)
Alex Marshall, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
Debra McMullen, East Greenwich (R.I.)
Lissa Opolsky, New Tripoli Northwestern Lehigh (Pa.)
Tara Rose, Cincinnati Indian Hill (Ohio)
Courtney Spleen, San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Gina Welling, Nortport (N.Y.)

June 28, 2021 — The perfect demographic for Athletes Unlimited

Last week, USA Field Hockey picked a cohort of 35 players for a U-22 squad, from which a team will be selected to play at the 2021 Junior World Cup qualifier in Chile in late August.

It’s a difficult squad to not only assemble, but to keep together, since the qualifier bumps into preseason play for many of the players’ college teams.

But I think this group is more than just an age-group national side. I think it could form the basis of a possible professional field hockey league in the United States.

Athletes Unlimited is an organization which gives women athletes in softball, volleyball, and lacrosse a platform and forum not only for playing professionally, but for marketing and other purposes.

AU is picking up where the National Professional Softball League, the Premier Volleyball League, and the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League have left off, and have been using social media to gin up interest in their nationally-broadcast games.

There is some chatter out in the Twitterverse about bringing back a competition similar to the Harrow Cup, which began play in 2013.

An Athletes Unlimited league would run similar to the other sports: a pool of players are divided into an even number of teams (four, six, or eight). The teams would have no coaching staffs; the players would control all aspects of their teams, such as training, substitutions, and strategy.

During AU games, players are awarded points for various metrics. In an AU field hockey league, this would mean counting up goals, assists, whether a player is on a winning team, and also perhaps other metrics such as completed passes and steals. The top players within the league, regardless of team, become captains for the next week and select the following week’s rosters. This means that no team has a set color or team identity, and players which may be teammates one week might be rivals the next.

It is a format which you might not think would work in a structured environment such as a field hockey team. But it has seemed to work in volleyball and softball, which also have a great deal of structure within the usual team.

Now, the women’s lacrosse league is going to start within a month. Because of the free flow of the game, I think the AU model will work really well and the natural talents of the athletes will determine which teams will do well.

I think that can happen in an Athletes Unlimited field hockey league.

Now, to make it happen.

June 27, 2021 — U.S. women 3, Canada 0; Argentina 4, U.S. men 2

Perhaps the biggest stories coming out of the Pan American Hockey Federation’s indoor tournament this week in Spring City, Pa. surround the teams that didn’t make today’s championship finals.

On the men’s side, Canada, a team which qualified for the Olympics, finished third out of the three teams competing, and had a shocking -11 in goal differential in the double round-robin portion of the competition. On the women’s side, Argentina, who have been the grandes dames of PAHF field hockey for most of the last 30 years, also failed to make the final.

Instead, the host Americans gleefully took advantage of any and every weakness presented to them by their opponents and made both championship games.

The American indoor women’s national team, the defending champions out of the Pan American zone, had posted video game-type scores in the preliminaries, led by young stars Hope Rose, Ashley Sessa, Beth Yeager, and Ryleigh Heck.

But in a 3-0 win over Canada in the championship final, the defensive strength of Maryland stars Ali Campbell and Rayne Wright were very much on display, repelling time and again the opposing attack. The States won the game in the first six minutes with goals from Sessa and Rose. Rose, who led the nation in goals for her high-school team, was the leader for the Americans with 13 goals. Sessa, who like Rose was named to the senior outdoor player pool last week, scored eight.

On the men’s side, the States were engaged in a tussle with Argentina’s men, who, despite their bona fides as the current Olympic champions outdoors, had never qualified for an FIH Indoor World Cup. Argentina held a 2-1 lead going into the final minutes when the States pulled their goalkeeper. The Albicelestes, seizing the extra space, got a goal from Augustin Ceballos to take what should have been a comfortable two-goal margin. But JaJa Kentwell managed to pull one back for the Americans to set up a tense final minute of play in the championship game. Ceballos, however, scored his third goal of the match to take the win and the FIH World Cup berth by a 4-2 score.

June 26, 2021 — Saturday Monthly Statwatch for games played through June 23

With Massachusetts scheduled to play its state finals the first week of July, our Statwatch continues collecting the numbers that connect across generations of players who have achieved great things over the years. Leading our statistical parade is the new all-time single-season scoring leader, Francesca Frieri. She is a junior from Lockport (Ill.), and has committed to Notre Dame. She is a definite player to watch for the future.

What you see below is compiled from a number of places, including MaxPreps.com, NJ Advance Media, The Harrisburg Patriot-News, The Providence Journal, The Albany Times-Union, Long Island Newsday, The Worcester Telegram, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MassLive.com, the Denver Post, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Philly Lacrosse, MSG Varsity, the Ann-Arbor News, and The Washington Post.

I encourage you to keep convincing your teams, your schools, leagues, or state governing bodies to adopt the easy-to-use MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams to enter their information there as well as whichever is your local news site, so that we can aim for as complete a statistical picture of the country as possible.

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, SEASON
191 Francesca Frieri, Lockport (Ill.)
145 Cassidy Jones, Memphis White Station (Tenn.)
143 Jamieson Meyer, Sandy Waterford (Utah)
137 Alexis Ashton, Blairstown North Warren (N.J.)
133 Alexis Lauricella, Holmdel St. John Vianney (N.J.)
128 Isabella Caporuscio, Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.)
127 Karly Keating, Lisle Benet Academy (Ill.)
125 Izzy Szejk, Mechanicsburg (Pa.)
121 Ryann Frechette, St. John’s Bartram Trail (Fla.)

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, SEASON
93 Elizabeth Tausig, Charleston Bishop England (S.C.)
84 Emily Phillips, Wake Forest (N.C.)
77 Sadie Salazar, Chapin (S.C.)
77 Caroline Mullahy, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.)
77 Bella Mims, Clermont East Ridge (Fla.)
75 Shoshona Henderson, Princeton (N.J.)
73 Ella Linthicum, York (Pa.) Catholic
73 Bridget Longsinger, Verona (N.J.)
71 Taylor McClain, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest (Fla.)
71 Sydney Sventy, Mount Holly Rancocas Valley (N.J.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
58 Denver Colorado Academy (Colo.)

COACHING WINS
812 Kathy Jenkins, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.)

We’ll have our Final Statwatch next month with the rest of our scholastic lacrosse package. If you see something missing, please send us an email at TopOfTheCircle.com. Give us a name or a bit of documentation (a website will do) so that we can make the adjustment.

Thanks for dropping in, and we’ll see you next month with Final Statwatch.

BULLETIN: June 25, 2021 — Your national scoring champion strikes again

This afternoon, in her debut for the U.S. women’s indoor national team, Hope Rose, the graduating senior out of Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.), kept on her torrid scoring pace, even on the hardcourt. She led the U.S. with seven goals in a 20-2 win over Guyana in pool play in the Pan American Hockey Federation Indoor Cup.

Ashley Sessa, who with Rose were added to the senior outdoor national team’s player pool just this week, knocked in five goals, while Elizabeth Yeager, who didn’t play a minute of varsity field hockey her senior year because her league was in COVID lockdown, added a hat trick. Ryleigh Heck, the Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) star who was the nation’s leading scholastic scorer in 2019, had a brace for the States, while Corinne Zanolli, the leading collegiate scorer from Stanford University, also added two. Madison Orobono, from your national champion North Carolina, had a single for the Americans.

The U.S. team, seeking a berth in the 2022 Indoor World Cup in Belgium, faces Canada this afternoon, then Argentina and Uruguay tomorrow. The Americans need to finish in either first or second in pool play to make the grand final on Sunday.

June 25, 2021 — Your national field hockey scoring champion

Hope Rose graduated from Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.) on June 2nd.

Since then, she’s been traveling hither and yon her field hockey stick. A week ago, she participated in the Young Women’s National Championship, a USA Field Hockey event which brought together top players from the U-19, U.S. developmental, and senior women’s national teams for a tournament in Virginia Beach.

This week, she has moved her talents to Spring City, Pa. to play for the U.S. senior women’s national indoor team at the Pan American Hockey Federation’s Indoor Cup, competing against four other national teams for a berth at the 2022 FIH Indoor Women’s World Cup.

If that’s not enough, there’s also the matter of the National Club Championship, which begin a scant three days later, in which Rose’s W.C. Eagles club side is scheduled to start play. Oh, and there’s that little matter of being called up to the United States senior women’s national team, as part of a group of 36 pool athletes who will be training near Charlotte, N.C. in August.

Oh, and have we yet mentioned her matriculation to the University of Maryland in the fall?

Rose, your national scoring champion for the 2020-21 season, is in high demand these days. Sure, she was amongst the nation’s leading goal-scorers her junior season, but she was a different kind of player her senior year.

In a COVID-shortened 18-game season, Rose scored 90 goals, all the while creating openings in opposing defenses and facilitating other members of the Rams to score as well. Rose’s season compares favorably to the highest-known strike rates in the history of scholastic field hockey in the United States:

STRIKE RATE
5.43 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2020
5.00 Hope Rose, Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.) 2020
4.27 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 2018
3.92 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.) 2020
3.55 Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2013
3.51 Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2014
3.39 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2019
3.37 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 2017
3.36 Maryanna Watson, Gloucester (N.J.) 1961
3.28 Tracey Fuchs, Centereach (N.Y.) 1983
3.21 Maryanna Watson, Gloucester (N.J.) 1962
3.12 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2019
3.00 Michelle Vizzuso, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 1994
3.00 Megan Rodgers, San Diego Serra (Calif.), 2016
3.00 Carol Middough, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.Y.) 2016
3.00 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.) 2019

As you can see from above, Rose’s strike rate was amazing, but last year’s national leader, Ryleigh Heck, had an even better strike rate. Both are far above any others that have ever been seen in more than 110 years of scholastic field hockey in America.

Hope Rose’s total of 90 is incredibly impressive, given the shortened season. Still, it’s no less of an achievement for her and Central Dauphin, which made its first state tournament with a performance for the ages in the PIAA District 3-AAA Tournament. On Nov. 12th of last year, Central Dauphin beat rival Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) on a walkoff goal by Rose in extra time. On the play, she self-started into a 60-yard sprint, beating three midfielders for pace, then getting an angled shot that went into the cage. That started the Rams on a memorable run through the state bracket, but the Rams lost 4-0 to Emmaus (Pa.) in the state final.

Rose joins a talented list of field hockey players who have led the country in scoring the last few years. Please let us know if there are any additions or corrections that need to be made to the list below. This especially goes for 1988. That missing number is something I hope to find before I shuffle off my mortal coil.

2020-21: Hope Rose, Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.) 90
2019: Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 78
2018: Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 124
2017: Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 91
2016: Megan Rodgers, San Diego Serra (Calif.) 81
2015: Nikki Santore, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 69
2014: Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 95
2013: Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 96
2012: Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 68
2011: Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 69
2010: Danielle Allan, Pompton Lakes (N.J.) 56
2009: Kelsey Mitchell, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 69
2008: Lucas Long, Allentown William Allen (Pa.) 43
2007: Lauren Gonsalves, Harwich (Mass.) 56
2006: Kaitlyn Hiltz, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 50
2005: Kelly Fitzpatrick, Palmyra (Pa.) 66
2004: Amie Survilla, Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) 64
2003: Anne Marie Janus, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 44
2002: Shauna Banta, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and Amanda Arnold, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.) 49
2001: Tiffany Marsh, Marathon (N.Y.) 57
2000: Rebecca Hooven, Plumsteadville Plumstead Christian (Pa.) 54
1999: Rebecca Hooven, Plumsteadville Plumstead Christian (Pa.) 48
1998: Kelli Hill, Manasquan (N.J.) 43
1997: Tiffany Serbanica, Madison (N.J.) Borough 43
1996: Carla Tagliente, Marathon (N.Y.) 51
1995: Kim Miller, Frank W. Cox (Va.) 63
1994: Michelle Vizzuso, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 69
1993: Melissa Pasnaci, Miller Place (N.Y.) 60
1992: Diane DeMiro, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 56
1991: Denise Nasca, Centereach (N.Y.) 56
1990: Shelley Parsons, Waterfall Forbes Road (Pa.) 50
1989: Christine McGinley, Medford Lakes Shawnee (N.J.) 40
1988: Unknown
1987: Kris Fillat, San Diego Serra (Calif.) 53
1986: Dana Fuchs, Centereach (N.Y.) 57
1985: Hope Sanborn, Walpole (Mass.) and Sharon Landau, Mamaroneck Rye Neck (N.Y.) 53
1984: Michelle Vowell, Garden Grove Santiago (N.Y.) 56
1983: Tracey Fuchs, Centereach (N.Y.) 82
1982: Mare Chung, San Diego Serra (Calif.) 48

June 24, 2021 — When a playoff is not a competition, revisited

Last evening saw the end of the inaugural two-level Colorado High School Athletic Association girls’ lacrosse championships. The record will show that Evergreen (Colo.) and Denver Colorado Academy (Colo.) won their respective titles in grand fashion.

Which is a funny way of saying that both games were runaways, meaning that the final minutes of the game saw the running clock because of the 10-goal rule.

When you look at the semifinals and finals of the 5A and 4A title matches, you see something that we pointed up five years ago when we looked at the evolution of scores in the Pennsylvania public-school field hockey tournaments over the years.

That trend is towards runaway scores. In the six games held in Colorado this week to play down to a single title-winner, five of them went to the running clock. Worse, the average winning margin of these six matches was 12.67 goals.

Yeah, I get the fact that the game has changed with lighter sticks and more accurate shooters. But the divisions between the haves and have-nots in girls’ lacrosse is also getting larger. But I think that perhaps the CHSAA should have waited a bit until splitting the pool of schools for the state tournament.

BULLETIN: June 23, 2021 — Treanor, off a recent championship, to take over at Syracuse

A month ago, Kayla Treanor won an NCAA Division I championship as she was an assistant coach at Boston College.

Starting today, the work begins for Treanor to bring the same to her alma mater, as she has taken over the women’s lacrosse head coaching position at Syracuse.

The position has only been open for a few days, but it was filled quickly, from its sizable alumnae pool. Treanor is quite familiar with Final Four weekends, as she was on Syracuse teams that made four final weekends between 2013 and 2016. After that, she played professionally for the New York Fight of the WPLL and the Boston Storm of UWLX. She also helped the United States to the 2011 U-19 World Championship and the 2017 FIL World Cup.

While at Syracuse, she was amongst the nation’s leaders in goals and draw controls, and could very well have had a championship as a player but for the excellence of the opponents she faced.

And now that Treanor carries a championship ring into the locker room, the current team, coming off a close defeat in the 2021 final, will have all the motivation it needs.

June 23, 2021 — Monthly lacrosse top 10 for games played through June 20

So, because we’ve been interleaving our field hockey awards this season on Tuesdays and Fridays, we’ve decided we’ll do our third-week lacrosse feature items a day later this week. You’ll therefore see our lacrosse Statwatch on Saturday this week.

We’ve had a number of tremendous closeout results over the weekend, and we will also have some epic results coming out of the handful of state championships yet to be identified.

Our honorary No. 11 Team of the Month is Eldersburg Liberty (Md.), which managed a 10-9 win over Fallston to give the school its first state championship in its first trip to the state final in 21 years.

1. Northport (N.Y.) 18-0
Season complete: Tigers beat Massapequa 10-6 last Saturday in the Long Island championship, but their major test was the Section XI title match, rallying from four goals down to beat Smithtown (N.Y.) East 9-8

2. Brooklandville St. Paul’s (Md.) 15-1
Season complete: Gators have not just one, but two wins over long-time powerhouse Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.), including last weekend’s 17-8 win in the IAAM Class “A” final

3. Delray American Heritage (Fla.) 16-1
Season complete: Beat an undefeated Orlando Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 11-9 in the FHSAA Class 1A final

4. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 21-1
Season complete: Royals trailed early in the Tournament of Champions final against Moorestown (N.J.), but came back to win 10-8

5. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) 17-0
Season complete: Phantoms has been impressive lately; played Mount Sinai (N.Y.) yesterday

6. Radnor (Pa.) 21-2
Season complete: Became the third consecutive District 1 team to deny Manheim (Pa.) Township a state title with an 11-6 win

7. Milton (Ga.) 21-0
Season complete: Milton beat Cumming West Forsyth (Ga.) 13-8 in state championship game

8. Darien (Conn.) 12-0
Season complete: After three losses to New Canaan (Conn.), the Blue Wave won the game that counted in the state semifinal round, then beat Fairfield Ludlowe (Conn.) 14-6 in the Class L final

9. Westwood (Mass.) 19-0
Despite its undefeated record, Westwood is only seeded third in the MIAA Division I South bracket; will take on Needham (Mass.) today in the sectional quarterfinal round

10. East Chapel Hill (N.C.) 13-0
Season complete: Wildcats beat Matthews Weddington (N.C.) in the final of the NCHSAA tournament

11. Eldersburg Liberty (Md.) 9-4
The Lions were able to get the win thanks to a pair of sophomores. Riley Matthiesen scored five goals, and Jenna Evans took center draws in the second half and won many of them, including one in the final two minutes when her side was serving a two-minute yellow card

And bear in mind: Washington Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 4-2, Wilmette Loyola Academy (Ill.) 25-0, Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 13-3, Bethesda Stone Ridge (Md.) 8-2, Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 13-2, Moorestown (N.J.) 18-3, Manhasset (N.Y.) 13-3, Garden City (N.Y.) 11-2, Fort Covington Salmon River (N.Y.) 16-0, South Huntington St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 12-0, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.) 10-3