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Oct. 12, 2021 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 10

This week, our No. 1 and No. 2 teams hold station, but I often get asked questions about teams which are able to be so dominant within their own leagues and/or states. “They don’t play anybody,” I keep hearing about some teams.

Thing is, when you look at teams like Delmar, Emmaus, Cox, Eastern, and Wyoming Seminary, you can pick up characteristics as to what makes them great. Delmar is a quick, one-touch team which is reminiscent of an F.C. Barcelona. Emmaus is a skilled team with a sophisticated offense that reminds you of a team like Manchester City. Wyoming Seminary is a direct team with skill at the front end, reminiscent of a Leicester City. All of our top teams use the 100-by-60-yard pitch effectively, albeit differently. This is why this 2021 domestic season, replete with interstate matchups for the first time since 2019, has been so intriguing.

Our honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is Johns Hopkins University. The Blue Jays are looking to make a third straight Division III Final Four this season after having no field hockey a year ago. Full marks to head coach Jane Wells and her staff for this effort.

1. Delmar (Del.) 8-0
A Maci Bradford goal in overtime gave Delmar a 2-1 win over Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) in a well-played match

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 16-0
Emmaus has been getting scoring not only from Rachel Herbine, but classmate Ava Zerfass. Hornets close out the regular season against Nazareth (Pa.) and Allentown Whitehall (Pa.) this week

3. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 9-0
Falcons got by Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 2-1 in the Ring of Honor Tournament

4. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 11-1
Churchwomen set down Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 6-1, with the reverse match taking place on the closing day of the regular season

5. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 12-0
Mia Smith leads the Hornets with 20 goals on the season

6. Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) 9-1
This week’s slate of games includes a contest against Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)

7. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 10-1
Knights had one-goal wins over Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.)

8. Northport (N.Y.) 12-0
Junior Emma McLam leads the Tigers in goal-scoring this year

9T. Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) 13-1-1
Hurricanes leave their league to finish out the regular season, starting with Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.) today

9T. Lower Gwynedd Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.) 11-2-1
Alana McVeigh, a club teammate of Hope Rose, Kara Heck, and Ashley Sessa, leads GMA in scoring

10. Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 14-0-1
Falcons will have an intriguing game tomorrow against Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.)

11. Johns Hopkins University (12-0)
Jays have beaten Gettysburg and Ursinus their last two matches; Centennial Conference rivals McDaniel and Muhlenberg await this week

Who’s out: Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 3-2 loss to Kingston Wyoming Seminary

And bear in mind: San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 11-0-1, Darien (Conn.) 11-0, Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.) 7-3, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 7-1, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 18-3, Walpole (Mass.) 9-0, Watertown (Mass.) 8-0, Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) 15-0, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 13-2, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 13-1, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 11-2, Columbus Bishop Watterson (Ohio) 14-0-1, Worthington Thomas Worthington (Ohio) 14-1-1, Palmyra (Pa.) 12-1-1, Houston Kincaid School (Texas) 10-1