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Sept. 9, 2021 — A delayed boomlet of games to start the 2021 season

The weeks before Labor Day usually have a number of good out-of-conference games to truly kick off the field hockey season. This year seems to be a little different; the schedule seems to have shifted a number of prominent games to start the year to later in the season.

The latter half of this week is seeing a number of good contests. Today, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), the No. 1 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10, beat Marlton Cherokee 6-0. Senior Ryleigh Heck had a hat trick to bring her to 201 goals for her career, becoming the seventh player to get that many goals in her career.

Also today, No. 3 Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) beat crosstown rival Summit Kent Place (N.J.) 6-1. In a South Jersey derby, Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.) bested Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.) 5-0.

This evening, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) takes on Palmyra (Pa.) in another Route 422 derby match.

But what could be the most intriguing set of games occurs tomorrow and Saturday in Lewes, Del. In the Bi-State Challenge, host Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) and fellow DIAA champion Delmar (Del.) will face off against Pocomoke City (Md.) and Olney Good Counsel (Md.).

The intrigue comes from the fact that Delmar is the No. 2 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10, and they won’t be playing Cape Henlopen at this four-team meet. Instead, the teams are scheduled to play Oct. 7, again, at Champions Stadium, in the closest thing Delaware will have to a Tournament of Champions.