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Oct. 10, 2021 — Field hockey is no longer “straight chalk”

If there’s one thing that this past weekend — nay, the entirety of the fall 2021 domestic field hockey season — has taught us, it’s that field hockey games aren’t determined before the first whistle sounds.

Today, for example, the college team which has been the standard-bearer for everyone else — the University of North Carolina — suffered its fifih defeat of the fall 2021 season. This is a team which had not only won the last three Division I national championships, it has made the Final Four every year since 2010.

But today’s 4-0 loss to Liberty University has to have people in Tar Heel Nation furrowing their brows. This fall season was to have been a coronation of sorts; after all, two-time national Player of the Year Erin Matson was basically in line to win a third. But she didn’t even play today because of a hand injury suffered Friday against Duke.

You can say much the same when it comes to scholastic hockey this fall. Teams such as Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.), and Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) have all suffered at least one defeat this year, and these three schools often will go one or more seasons without a blemish on their records.

Let’s just say that all of these reversals of fortune have made the game of field hockey much more interesting and entertaining instead of some of the predictability of the past.