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June 9, 2022 — A look towards Conshohockey

Entries have closed for the 2022 National High School Invitational, which will see 56 teams come to The Proving Grounds just outside Philadelphia for a weekend’s worth of intersectional matches the weekend of Sept. 23-25.

The list of teams does not include perhaps the two best teams in the U.S., Emmaus (Pa.) and Delmar (Del.). However, the teams that are coming will have some extraordinary talent. Start with Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.), a team with Olivia Bent-Cole, who was up for selection earlier this year for the U.S. in the FIH Pro League. Also, East Greenwich (R.I.) and senior attacker Alexandra Mega will be making their NHSI debuts. Mega is one of those players who has a penchant for scoring important goals.

Also making their debut is Clinton North Hunterdon (N.J.), a team which won a state championship last year thanks in part to attacker Lauren Masters. Also making their debuts this fall are three West Coast teams — San Marcos (Calif.), San Diego Canyon Crest Academy (Calif.) and San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.).

An interesting team to watch for this go-round is Buffalo Nichols School (N.Y.). The Vikings are the only U.S. scholastic team to regularly schedule teams from Canada, including Appleby College in Ontario. The team competes in the New York State Association of Independent Schools tournament, which sometimes requires a sizable trip across the state to compete for the title.

Another side to bear in mind, I think, is Yorktown Tabb (Va.). Tabb was the No. 2 team in the Top 10 in 2011 just behind a Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) side with the legendary Austyn Cuneo in it.

There are also going to be some rivals in the pool of teams, though you shouldn’t look for them to face each other during the NHSI. There’s, of course, the Garden State Firm with Eastern and Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.). There’s the I-81 Derby with Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) and Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.). There’s also the Mill Dam Creek Rivalry between Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) and Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.). There is also the nation’s first rivalry, featuring Moorestown (N.J.) and Haddonfield (N.J.) Memorial. And there will be the taut Inter-Ac rivals Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) and Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur.

Should be a blockbuster of a weekend.