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Nov. 23, 2021 — Top 10 for the week of Nov. 21

What a weekend! After 14 weeks of action starting in Kentucky, the field hockey season had some tremendous games in the weekend leading up to the final three scholastic games in Boston last Sunday.

What is below is our last “back of the envelope” Top 10s of the 2021 season. It is the template for our well-researched Top 50, which will be published in December. The Top 10 are not guaranteed to be in this order for that list.

The No. 11 Teams of the Week are the college club teams from Northeastern University and James Madison. Northeastern won the National Field Hockey League Fall Championship, while James Madison won the NFHL Challenge Cup over the weekend at the National Training Center in Virginia Beach.

1. Delmar (Del.) 19-0
Season complete:
Won DIAA Division 2 championship with a comprehensive 8-0 win over Newark (Del.) Charter

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 28-0
Season complete:
Hornets won PIAA Class AAA Tournament with 1-0 win over Hummelstown Lower Dauphin

3. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 19-0
Season complete: 
Falcons won VHSL Class 5 title with a 1-0 win over Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)

4. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 21-1
Season complete: Churchwomen won the PAISAA final against Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) on an Ashley Sessa golazo in the final minute

5. Northport (N.Y.) 21-0
Season complete: 
Tigers beat Clifton Park Shenendehowa (N.Y.) 1-0 in NYSPHSAA final

6. Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) 16-1
Season complete: 
Hill had an amazing season, one which saw the team drop the PAISAA final to Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.)

7. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 21-2
Season complete: 
Blue Knights became the first PIAA team to win a fourth consecutive state championship with a 6-0 win over Oley (Pa.) Valley in the Class A title match

8. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 25-2
Season complete: Vikings won the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions with a 4-3 win over Summit Oak Knoll. Senior Ryleigh Heck capped off an amazing week with with a last-second goal in the title game. lifting her individual goals total to 125 for the season

9. Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.) 27-2
Season complete: Won PIAA Class AA final with a 3-2 win over Gwynedd Valley Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.); senior Natali Foster is one of only two players to have more than 50 goals and 50 assists in the same season

10. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 22-4
Season complete: Royals are the best four-loss team in America; gave Eastern a titanic fight before a last-second goal settled the latest installment of The Garden State Firm

11. Northeastern University Club 13-0; James Madison Club 7-3-2
Season complete: Huskies never gave up more than one goal in any game this season; James Madison fought its way from third place in pool play to win the Challenge Cup

Who’s out: Gwynedd Valley Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.) 3-2 loss to Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.); Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 1-0 loss to Emmaus (Pa.)

And bear in mind: Encinitas Torrey Pines (Calif.) 24-3, Los Gatos (Calif.) 16-1, Huntington Beach (Calif.) 14-2, Aurora Regis Jesuit (Colo.) 16-0-1, New Canaan (Conn,) 20-0, Guilford (Conn.) 19-1, North Branford (Conn.) 16-2-2, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 17-2, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) 21-6-1, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 24-3, Severn Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 15-1, Severna Park (Md.) 17-2, Gambrills Arundel (Md.) 11-8, Glenelg (Md.) 16-1; Watertown (Mass.) 23-0, Andover (Mass.) 21-0-1, Westwood (Mass.) 18-1-2, Andover Phillips Academy (Mass.) 18-0-1, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.) 20-2-2, Ann Arbor Skyline (Mich.) 16-2-1, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 23-3, Clinton North Hunterdon (N.J.) 22-2, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.) 25-2, Whitney Point (N.Y.) 18-0, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (N.Y.) 16-2, Columbus Bishop Watterson (Ohio) 19-0-1, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 23-1-1, Lower Gwynedd Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.) 20-3-1, East Greenwich (R.I.) 16-1-1, Houston Kincaid School (Texas) 17-1, Yorktown Tabb (Va.) 22-0, Arlington Yorktown (Va.) 21-1, Chesapeake Great Bridge (Va.) 19-3, Norfolk (Va.) Academy 21-2, University School of Milwaukee (Wisc.) 14-0-1