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Sept. 5, 2022 — An early statement

This past weekend, the nation’s biggest interscholastic field hockey tournament took place as the 24th Gateway Invitational brought in 72 varsity, JV, and freshman teams from a good portion of the continental U.S.

If there’s one team which came out of this weekend with a “bump,” it definitely had to be St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.). The Saints, who have been a top Midwestern team for the last few decades, went 4-0 on the weekend, starting with a 3-2 win over Winnetka New Trier (Ill.). Villa would regroup and refocus for a 4-2 win in the nightcap over Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.).

Villa then turned in top performances to finish out its weekend, beating Louisville duPont Manual (Ky.) 4-1, then shutting out St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.).

Villa, now 5-0 on the season, will be putting that string on the line two weekends from now with a trio of matches in Louisville. There, the Saints take on Louisville Assumption (Ky.), Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.), and then, on Sept. 16th at high noon, the opponent will be our national preseason No. 1, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.).

We’ll be doing a preview the day before, but the one thing that sticks in my mind is the supposition (which could be wrong) that Villa Duchesne hasn’t played a Pennsylvania field hockey team since the school opened in 1929.

I’m sure there are some historians out there who know whether or not this is true, but let us know. Interstate travel for field hockey — especially the roughly 900 miles from the Poconos to the Gateway was, I’m sure, highly uncommon until recently.