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BULLETIN: Oct. 5, 2021 — Emmaus’ Butz-Stavin earns her 1,000th coaching win

With a 12-0 win over Dingman’s Ferry East Stroudsburg North (Pa.), the Emmaus field hockey team not only went to 12-0 on the season, but head coach Susan Butz-Stavin won her 1,000th game on the sidelines.

We interviewed her 19 years ago, and the principles and maxims she talked about that day are still relevant today. Now, when this story was written, we were unacquainted with players like Allison Evans, Meredith Sholder, Rachel and Annika Herbine, and, especially, Tara, Rachel, and Erin Jennings. It was with the Jennings triplets when Emmaus won three championships in four seasons, and I think the triplets’ senior season of 2007 may have been the apex of the Hornets’ power.

But then again, it could also have been five years ago when Sholder, along with future UNC teammate Madison Orobono and future Iowa opponent Leah Zellner finished off a 27-0 season with an overtime win over Palmyra (Pa.).

Such is the excellence over which Butz-Stavin has presided over the years. While the game has changed, the fundamentals have not. While the faces have changed, the expectations have not.

Congratulations, Coach. What a tremendous honor borne of tremendous effort.

Oct. 5, 2021 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 3

It’s getting harder and harder to gauge who belongs in this Top 10 week by week. Yes, the results speak for themselves, but there are so many variables which are coming into play, including travel and whether or not player are available for certain games.

Think of this, however: in the past two weeks, three of our preseason Top 10 teams — Eastern, Oak Knoll, and West Essex — have suffered shutout defeats. It’s complicated!

Our RightToRightIsRight.com No. 11 Team of the Week is Assumption University. The Greyhounds are the No. 4 team in the most recent NCAA Division II poll, and are a team very much on the rise. The team went its first 42 seasons with two ECAC Division II championships to show for it. The 2019 season saw the team make its first NCAA tournament, but lost in the opening round 1-0 to East Stroudsburg. Assumption then went some 22 months without a competitive match because of the global pandemic, but have started very strong in 2021.

1. Delmar (Del.) 7-0
Thursday, the Wildcats will take on Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) in the closest thing Delaware has to a Tournament of Champions. Both hold their respective DIAA titles

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 11-0
This evening, this high-flying Hornet squad goes for head coach Susan Butz-Stavin’s 1000th win against Dingman’s Ferry East Stroudsburg North (Pa.)

3. Malvern Villa Maria Academy (Pa.) 11-1
Beat Merion (Pa.) Mercy Academy 5-2 to close out last week’s play; Hurricanes face a good Upper Gwynedd Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.) side on Thursday

4. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 7-0
Beat Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) in the latest edition of the Mill Dam Creek Derby

5. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 10-1
The Vikings have started to knit together much better on the defensive end in recent matches, though there will be enormous tests this weekend with Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) and Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)

6. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 9-1
EA will meet up with Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) on Thursday in what could be a bellweather game for InterAc and PAISAA honors this season

7. Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) 7-1
After last weekend’s NHSI wins over Brooklandville Garrison Forest (Md.) and Houston Kinkaid School (Tex.), Hill had an impressive 4-0 win over North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)

8. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 10-0
Hornets beat Mamaroneck (N.Y.) 3-1 in an intersectional matchup on Saturday

9. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 7-1
This weekend, the Knights host Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) in the teams’ annual series of games

10. Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 10-0-1
Falcons got a hard-fought win over Hershey (Pa.) and drew 1-1 against Palmyra (Pa.) during Rivalry Week

11. Assumption University (8-1)
Isabel Primack, Deirdre Burchill, and Mia Salah have been pacing the Greyhounds’ offense thus far

Who’s out: Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 4-0 loss to Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.); North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 4-0 loss to Pottstown Hill School (Pa.)

And bear in mind: San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 10-0-1, Darien (Conn.) 8-0, Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.) 5-3, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 16-1, Walpole (Mass.) 7-0, Watertown (Mass.) 6-0, Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) 12-0, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 10-1, Northport (N.Y.) 9-0, Columbus Bishop Watterson (Ohio) 12-0-1, Worthington Thomas Worthington (Ohio) 12-0-1, Palmyra (Pa.) 10-1-1, Houston Kincaid School (Texas) 9-1