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BULLETIN: June 22, 2021 — A radical shift towards the future

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Today, it appears that USA Field Hockey and head coach Anthony Farry are doubling down on the youth movement with an eye towards the Paris Olympics and beyond.

The 36-player U.S. national team pool has added Hope Rose, who is a graduating high school senior at Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.). Ashley Sessa is a rising senior at Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.). Elizabeth Yeager, a graduating senior from Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.), is coming off her first international experience in the FIH Pro Leagie.

The team is also welcoming back UNC icon Erin Matson, fresh off an NCAA title season. In the back will be experienced goalkeepers Kealsie Robles, Jenny Rizzo, and Kelsey Bing.

Also on the team is a player born outside the United States. Sofia Southam, a midfielder from the University of Michigan, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and came up through the city’s club infrastructure before matriculating to Ann Arbor.

The team will be training together in the Carolinas beginning in August to prepare for the Pan American Cup in January, the lone path for the United States to make the 2022 FIH Women’s World Cup.

June 22, 2021 — Field hockey: The Final Top 50

We’re back with our (reasonably) well-researched national Top 50, from this season which has been like no other. We’ve had to track different seasons which ran from the heat of August in Ohio and Kentucky all the way to the spring in Virginia and North Carolina.

Heading this list is a skilled and fast Delmar (Del.) team which yielded just two goals all season, and played a European style of one- and two-touch hockey which led to some amazing finishes. They’re a group which is going to get better over the next couple of years, so it’s good to keep an eye on the Wildcats.

After some long evenings and fretting, here’s our Top 50 for the past academic year:

1. Delmar (Del.) 15-0
2. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 14-0
3. Emmaus (Pa.) 16-0
4. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 14-0-1
5. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 17-0
6. Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.) 0-0
7. St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.) 14-0
8. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 13-0
9. San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.) 11-0
10. Cohasset (Mass.) 13-0
11. Vienna James Madison (Va.) 15-0
12. Somerset-Berkley (Mass.) 9-0
13. Washington Warren Hills (N.J.) 13-0
14. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 6-0

15. Palmyra (Pa.) 15-2
16. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 13-1
17. Worcester Doherty (Mass.) 14-0
18. Glastonbury (Conn.) 14-0
19.
St. Louis John Burroughs (Mo.) 8-2
20. Charlotte Myers Park (N.C.) 10-0
21. Dexter (Mich.) 16-0-1

22. East Greenwich (R.I.) 9-0
23. San Diego Serra (Calif.) 9-1
24. Columbus Bishop Watterson (Ohio) 18-3
25. Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 16-4
26. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 7-1
27. North Branford (Conn.) 9-0
28. North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 12-0-1
29. Charlotte Providence Day School (N.C.) 12-0
30. Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.) 16-2
31. Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 13-1
32. Poquoson (Va.) 12-2
33. Longmeadow (Mass.) 6-0

34. Biddeford (Maine) 6-0
35. Northport (N.Y.) 16-1
36. Gilroy Christopher (Calif.) 10-0
37. Chesapeake Great Bridge (Va.) 10-1
38. Walpole (Mass.) 8-0-1
39. Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.) 12-2-1
40. Suffield (Conn.) 10-0
41. St. Louis Cor Jesu (Mo.) 8-4
42. Christian Academy of Louisville (Ky.) 16-2
43. Franklin (Mass.) 11-0-2
44. Concord Bishop Brady (N.H.) 11-0-1
45. Aurora Regis Jesuit (Colo.) 9-1
46. Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) 6-0
47. Andover (Mass.) 6-0
48. Clifton Park Shenendehowa (N.Y.) 13-1
49. Columbia River Hill (Md.) 9-1
50. Windham (N.H.) 9-0