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Oct. 25, 2022 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 23

This week’s Top 10 reflects what happened last week when Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.) shut out Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) in what could be the result of the year thus far in American scholastic field hockey. We also note that San Diego Canyon Hills (Calif.) has been playing lights-out hockey in the last five weeks, and they move up to third. There are some teams in the “bear in mind” section who have been also playing splendid hockey in the last several weeks, including Watertown (Mass.), which has given up a single goal all season.

Our honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is Boyertown (Pa.). The school is located just off Route 100 in Berks County, right between Pottstown (where Hill School is) and Lower Macungie Township (where Emmaus is). Last week, the Bears won their first Pioneer Athletic Conference since 2002 with a 3-2 win over Royersford Spring-Ford (Pa.).

1. Delmar (Del.) 13-0
The Wildcats finish off the regular season this week, then are scheduled to play in the Henlopen Athletic Conference championship game on Nov. 5 before embarking on a quest for a seventh consecutive state championship

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 21-0
Hornets take on the winner of Stroudsburg (Pa.) and Allentown Parkland (Pa.) in the semifinals of the PIAA District 11-AAA tournament Nov. 1

3. San Diego Canyon Hills (Calif.) 21-0
The Rattlers have yielded exactly two goals in the last five weeks; last two regular-season games are this week before a near-certain berth in the CIF Open Division Tournament

4. Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.) 15-1
Camden Catholic may be playing its best field hockey since it made three state finals between 2002 and 2011, only to lose every time to North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)

5. Houston Kinkaid (Tex.) 11-0
Kinkaid faces cross-town rival Houston St. John’s (Tex.) this Thursday

6. Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) 15-1
Hill’s offensive sting was blunted by the defense and goaltending of Camden Catholic; team has three more regular-season matches before embarking on the PAISAA Tournament

7. Northport (N.Y.) 17-0
Tigers started off its march to the state tournament with a 5-0 win over Bohemeia Connetquot (N.Y.) in the quarterfinal round of the NYSPHSAA Section XI Class A Tournament

8. Norfolk (Va.) Academy 13-2
Tigers have two trips to Richmond this week; today to The Steward School and Friday to Richmond Collegiate School

9. Palmyra (Pa.) 13-2-2
Cougars get the top seed in the PIAA District 3-AA tournament, with conference rival Hershey (Pa.) second and fellow Mid-Penn Keystone rival Mechanicsburg (Pa.) fourth; an interesting interloper could be unbeaten Glen Rock Susquehannock (Pa.) at third

10. Woolwich Kingsway (N.J.) 14-2
The Dragons take on North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) later this week in what is a key tuneup for the state tournament

11. Boyertown (Pa.) 16-3-1
Katelyn Dulin’s two first-half goals stood up in the win in the PAC championship final

Who’s out: None

And bear in mind: Denver Colorado Academy (Colo.) 14-1, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 12-1, Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 21-5-1, Portland Cheverus (Maine) 15-0, Annapolis Broadneck (Md.) 14-0, Watertown (Mass.) 16-0, Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich,) 11-1-1, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 10-5, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 15-1-1, Chappaqua Horace Greeley (N.Y.) 12-1-2, Mechanicsburg (Pa.) 13-3-1, Glen Rock Susquehannock (Pa.) 16-0, Hershey (Pa.) 13-2-1, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 14-3-1, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) 16-1-1, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 13-4-1

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