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BULLETIN: August 11, 2022 — Year 3 of the NHSI with games hard to analyze

This afternoon, the folks at Max Field Hockey released the schedule for the third National High School Invitational, which will be held the weekend of Sept. 23 to 25 at The Proving Grounds in Conshohocken, Pa.

It is a tournament which will have 68 games featuring 59 schools. We’ve seen a couple of schools already put games on the schedules which are released to the public, but the full schedule is now up.

As we figured, the two best field hockey programs in the nation last year — Delmar (Del.) and Emmaus (Pa.) — aren’t in this competition. But there are plenty of championship-level sides, including the first visitors from the Golden State. I think the best game of the first day of of the tournament, to be held at 3 p.m., is San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.) taking on Winnetka New Trier (Ill.).

For the second day, the nightcap between Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) and Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) is going to be a dynamite game between two of the nation’s best programs.

On the Sunday slate, the Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.) contest against Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) is going to be a good contest.

But with the graduation of so many tremendous offensive talents over the last two years in the scholastic game, it’s hard to figure out which of the other games in this tournament are going to the best games to watch.

Sure, there are great teams coming in, such as Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.), and North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.). But there are plenty of teams with great stories, such as the Christian Academy of Louisville (Ky.), Charlotte Myers Park (N.C.), and Buffalo Nichols School (N.Y.).

We’ll try to have our usual three-part preview the week of the tournament with context and perspective you won’t get anywhere else.

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