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Sept. 18, 2021 — LIVE-BLOGGING Penn State at Maryland

POSTGAME That’s all from here; good day and good hockey

POSTGAME Say this for the Big Ten: if this game is a five-goal thriller going into extra time, what does it say for the competitiveness leaguewide?

63:11 VAR CHECK is complete and Penn State wins 3-2

63:11 PSU GOAL Gladieux raps it into the cage! But …

61:45 PSU PC Insert goes right to Maryland’s Tornetta but only has Rayne Wright as an option because of being a player short; had the sides been even, that

60:56 Verleg is carded and the Lions are on the power play!

60:00 What drama awaits us as the overtime begins?

END REGULATION Sides are level at 2-2; overtime awaits!

58:29 Maryland with a great chance off a backhander that pops high; the PSU defense bats it away without causing danger!

51:10 Allessie has the ball in the circle after a pass from Bednarski, but a good tackle from Maryland’s Maura Verleg

48:45 PSU PC A well-worked passing play is saved off the line by Belle Bresser! Wow!

48:36 PSU PC Defensed by Brooke Deberdine; will re-rack

45:23 UMD PC Low drag flick by Nathalie Fiechter goes in! We are tied 2-2

45:00 It’s time to bring the action as the final stanza begins

END THIRD At the horn, Penn State maintains a 2-1 advantage

38:26 PSU PC Simon cranks; Frost says no

37:18 PSU PC Low shot by Simon is saved; Bree Bednarski’s follow-up is wide

35:45 Allessie tries a 3D skill to get past the defense but the Terrapins say no

30:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME Indeed, PSU is responsible for one of Maryland’s 22 losses at FHLC during the Lions’ trip to the Final Four in 2007

HALFTIME Penn State has had pretty good results over the years here, in spite of Maryland’s 90 percent win percentage at the FHLC

HALFTIME Just what you might expect from these two sides: a close match with each team capitalizing on their chances

END HALF The horn wounds with the Nittany Lions holding a 2-1 lead

28:00 PSU GOAL And just like that, it is Gladieux on the other end with a golazo in the top corner! Wow! Lions up 2-1

27:00 Tornetta with two chances at the doorstep but Barraco saves!

24:56 CHECK COMPLETE No penalty corner; we play on with a 16Y for Penn State

24:56 VAR CHECK to see if there is a penalty corner for Maryland

24:15 PSU PC Same play but the Lions commit a foul; 16Y the result

24:00 PSU PC Low shot saved by Frost; will re-rack

23:40 UMD GREEN Two-minute power play for PSU

21:06 UMD PC Option-left is gobbled up by Barraco

20:05 Donradt with an enterprising run around the right side but cannot put the ball on goal

16:29 UMD PC Low drag by Riley Donnelly is saved

15:00 The second quarter is under way

END FIRST At quarter-time, the sides are level at 1-1

13:40 Hope Rose slips a backhand which could have been trouble if it found the corner or a teammate, but instead it skips over the end line

12:59 UMD PC Tornetta asks the question; Barraco says no, but the rebound is almost batted in by Donradt; she is called for stick obstruction

12:17 UMD PC Tornetta’s 1-up hits Barraco

11:49 PSU GOAL Allessie with a neat putaway from the right side: all to play for now at 1-1

10-17 PSU PC Low shot saved by Maryland goalie Noelle Frost

6:43 UMD PC and GOAL Juliana Tornetta from the 1-up and the hosts lead 1-0

5:05 So, how many golazos are we going to see today? That was close!

5:00 Maryland’s Margot Lawn with a backhander that Brie Barraco, the Lions’ goalkeeper, deflects with a smart save!

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Maryland is in the all-red kits with white numbers; Penn State is in white with blue numbers and kilts

PREGAME The teams are warming up under sunny skies with temperatures around 79, but the direct sun makes it feel hotter

PREGAME As good as these four players are, these teams’ fortunes are likely to pivot on the play of their foreign talent. Maryland’s Bibi Donradt is from Holland, and she makes things happen all over the pitch. Penn State’s Anna Simon, from Germany, leads the Nittany Lions with seven goals

PREGAME This game features four players who, when in high school, scored goals this site termed “golazo,” or a goal scored with exceptional skill or prowess. For Maryland, these players are Margot Lawn and Hope Rose; for Penn State, these players are Sophia Gladieux and Mackenzie Allessie

PREGAME Also note that six of this week’s Top Ten are from the Big Ten. This year could represent a big shift in the power structure of the sport away from the ACC

PREGAME The two teams are in the midst of an absolutely topsy-turvy NFHCA Top 25. Think of this: while Maryland and Penn State are ranked 7 and 8, the team just above them in sixth is your defending national champion, North Carolina

PREGAME The Nittany Lions are 5-0 this season; Maryland is 4-1

PREGAME Hello and welcome to The Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex at the University of Maryland for today’s Big Ten Conference matchup between No. 7 Maryland and No. 8 Penn State

Sept. 17, 2021 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Sept. 15

Friends, welcome back to Statwatch, the feature of our site that cobbles together field hockey statistics from all over the country in an attempt to give you, the reader, a picture of what is going on across the country.

A couple of rules of the road here. First off, this list is going to be incomplete at first. It will get better and more accurate as the year comes along.

Second, these statistics count all timed, scored, and umpired matches. In other words, preseason friendlies don’t count, but any game that counts towards a maximum number of games per season, up to and including a postseason tournament, should count.

So, what we have below here is our usual collection of American scholastic field hockey statistics, culled from, amongst other sources, MaxPreps, Berks Game Day, the KHSAA, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Advance Media.

We really like MaxPreps, because it is easy for the average coach, athletic director, or student manager to register for the MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams as well as perhaps your conference, league, or your state governing body to enter field hockey information there, so that we can aim for as complete a statistical picture of the country as possible.

SEASON GOALS
24 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.)
22 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
19 Olivia Petrie, Louisville Highlands Latin (Ky.)
18 Molly Catchpole, Watchung Mount St. Mary’s Academy (N.J.)
17 Julia Bressler, Reading Berks Catholic (Pa.)
17 Sydney Stumpf, Louisville Eastern (Ky.)
17 Gigi Edwards, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
16 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
15 Dorothy Woodward, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.)
14 Tyler Everslage, Louisville Assumption (Ky.)
14 Channy Johnson, Gloucester (Va.)
14 Olivia Danley, Ashburn Independence (Va.)

SEASON ASSISTS
18 Emily Williams, Louisville Ballard (Ky.)
13 Dylan Breier, Louisville duPont Manual (Ky.)
13 Georgia Leary, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
12 Sammie Goin, Ashburn Independence (Va.)
12 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
11 Gigi Edwards, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
10 Sloane Wearren, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.)
10 Izzy Bianco, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
10 Tyler Everslage, Louisville Assumption (Ky.)

CAREER GOALS
220 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
155 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.)
95 Molly Catchpole, Watchung Mount St. Mary’s Academy (N.J.)
92 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
76 Maci Bradford, Delmar (Del.)
75 Josie Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)

CAREER ASSISTS
87 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
79 Delmar (Del.)
48 Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.)

CONSECUTIVE UNBEATEN
79 Delmar (Del.)
48 Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.)
48 Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)

Here’s where you come in. I’m pretty sure there’s something missing from what you see here, so feel free to send us an email at TopOfTheCircle.com. Give us a name or a bit of documentation (a website will do) so that we can make the adjustment. We need your help more than ever.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll give it the old college try next time out.


Sept. 16, 2021 — The enablers of Larry Nassar are being identified

Yesterday, members of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, including the likes of Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney, testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

We didn’t hear much more than we heard during the sentencing phase of the trial of former doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted and sentenced to 2018 to up to 175 years in prison for his part in the sexual abuse of some 150 athletes under his care. The athletes ranged from Michigan State student-athletes (including at least two field hockey players) to elite senior-level gymnasts.

But we are learning this week more about some more of the widening circle of enablers who allowed Nassar to continue to abuse young athletes. The enablers included medical staff at Michigan State University, administrators at MSU (including the university president and its football coach), and, now, law enforcement.

One FBI agent was fired just this week for not doing enough during the investigation, and another had retired a few years ago. There are also a number of sheriff’s officers who are also being scrutinized for not following up on information given to them by victims.

During the testimony today, a very pointed reference was made at SafeSport, the program that the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee set up to handle complaints about abusive coaches and to post public information about people who have been suspended or banned for life.

“I hear from many survivors that they report their abuse (to SafeSport) and it’s like playing ‘hot potato,’ where someone else kicks it over to somebody else and don’t hear back for a really long time,” said gymnast Aly Raisman. “If you’re SafeSport and you were funded by the organization you’re investigating, they’re likely not going to do the right thing.”

Raisman has a point here. I think we’re going to see a push to make SafeSport a more independent body, much like the way that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is.

Sept. 15, 2021 — Is the world of tennis having a major problem?

Over the weekend, Emma Radacanu won the women’s singles title of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

As one of the four majors on the women’s tennis calendar, the requirement for Radacanu to get to the final, much less win it, is to get through a bracket of 127 other competitors. Radacanu, moreover, had to go through one of 16 eight-player qualifiers in order to get into the bracket.

Radacanu, over the course of the last three weeks of tennis, has been nothing short of unbeatable. She won every match in qualifying and in the main draw in straight sets, besting many of the best players in the world.

And yet, she was the 160th-ranked player on the WTA Tour coming into this month.

The professional tennis tours, the ATP for the men and the WTA for the women, are a year-long multinational carnival of sport, visiting every continent with prize money over $300 million for both tours.

At the same time, however, the sponsors of these players, from shoe manufacturers to jewelers to energy drink purveyors, are in for several million dollars of their own, even before a ball gets struck.

It is a sport swimming in money. And as such, it is seen as a “country club” sport which throws up an enormous economic barrier up against average kids looking to take up the sport. And there was no better example of overcoming these barriers than the Williams sisters.

Venus and Serena Williams come from the public tennis courts of Compton, Calif. Their first-ballot Hall-of-Fame careers are close to the end, but their example of having to be twice as better as their competitors is still being played out to this day on USTA junior courts, satellite events, and college rosters as players are angling to try to make it into Grand Slam-level events some day.

Radacanu’s ascension is reminiscent of Boris Becker, who was an unseeded and unknown teenager in 1985 when he won the Wimbledon men’s singles title, the first of six Grand Slam events he would eventually win.

Now, tennis should be a meritocracy. Every match, there is one winner and one loser. Brackets are navigated every week on tour.

But the question is, what are the tennis tours doing to help identify good talent rather than build concentric circles of exclusivity? Are the economic barriers inherent in the game keeping the next Radacanu or the next Becker or the next Williams away from the sport?

Sept. 14, 2021 — Top 10 for the week of Sept. 12

Well, we’re back for another field hockey season, but instead of last year’s monthly Top 10, we are going for our weekly list of the best field hockey programs in the country. As usual, we’ll do one of these “back of the envelope” lists every week until Thanksgiving, then we’ll have a more well-researched Top 50 in December.

Our RightToRightIsRight.com No. 11 Team of the Week is St. Joseph’s University. The Hawks, thanks in large part to the coaching of Lynn Farquhar, has now become the best college field hockey program of the “City Six” in Philadelphia, and, last Friday, became the third team this season to beat your defending NCAA Division I champions, UNC.

1. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2-0
Vikings rounding into mid-season form although an interesting match Saturday against Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.) awaits

2. Delmar (Del.) 1-0
Vikings got all goals by Maci Bradford, Jordyn Hollamon, and Josie Hollamon in a 10-0 win over Olney Good Counsel (Md) in the Bi-State Challenge

3. Emmaus (Pa.) 3-0
The Hornets’ biggest opponents this year have been cancellations; Pocono Summit Pocono Mountain West (Pa.) cancelled its varsity season, while Allentown Louis E. Dieruff (Pa.) formed a co-op with Allentown William Allen (Pa.) and are playing the Canaries’ schedule

4. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 2-0
Outlasted Greenwich (Conn.) Academy 3-2 last Saturday

5. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 1-0
Falcons got a 4-1 win over Richmond Collegiate (Va.) in season opener

6. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 0-0
Season started yesterday against Hazelton (Pa.); latest installment of the Back Mountain Derby against Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) is tomorrow

7. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 3-0
Hornets will have a good matchup today against Mahopac (N.Y.)

8. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 2-0
The Churchwomen face Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) tomorrow and a good Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) side this Friday

9. San Diego Canyon Hills (Calif.) 3-0
The team formerly known as Serra has a tough game tomorrow against Carlsbad La Costa Canyon (Calif.)

10. Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 5-0
Passes an early test with a win over Palmyra (Pa.) in the latest version of the Rt. 422 Derby

11. St. Joseph’s University 4-2
The Hawks are two goals away from being undefeated this season; they are playing some awesome hockey this fall

And bear in mind: Westport Staples (Conn.) 2-0; Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 10-0, Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.) 2-0, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 2-0, Northport (N.Y.) 4-0, Columbus Bishop Watterson (Ohio) 4-0, Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) 3-0, East Greenwich (R.I.) 1-0

Sept. 13, 2021 — The “buy-in”

The art of coaching is predicated upon guiding a group of people to a certain goal or accomplishment. It is often the same in business, as the best managers and executives are graded on how well they can get their employees to do their assigned tasks, or to “buy in” to an ideal.

One of the most remarkable coaching jobs in the world of field hockey has been occurring over the last five years in a village of 1,600 which sits on the Delaware-Maryland border. The name of the school even shares the names of the two states: Delmar.

Jodi Hollamon has always been expected to do great things, no matter where she coached. Her aunt was the legendary Pocomoke (Md.) coach, Susan Pusey. She played her hockey at the University of Delaware under head coach Carol Miller, then won a state championship with Salisbury Parkside (Md.).

But at Delmar, she has created the most unexpected powerhouse in the sport. The school has an enrollment of only about 650, but beginning in 2016, the Delmar field hockey team has found a rich seam of form, playing an international style of field hockey, letting the ball do the work, and winning five straight DIAA championships.

The core of the team, especially in the last few years, has surrounded Hollamon’s daugters, Josie and Jordyn, and her nieces, Maci and Morgan Bradford.

But it’s not all about these four cousins. Hollamon has gotten other players on the roster to buy into the system, expand their horizons, and contribute to the overall effort.

“The buy-in is trusting your teammates,” she says. “We’ve been having success with players who had a little bit of experience last year that have really, really stepped up this preseason.”

Lilly Waters is one such player. The junior midfielder had a number of assists in Delmar’s 10-0 opening-game win on Friday evening against Olney Good Counsel (Md.).

“I feel like it is a family,” Waters said. “We connect together, and we really make some good passes.”

Indeed, the ball seems to find Delmar teammates in open spaces with lanes to goal because of the vision of the players. The one-touch hockey often creates chances which are more memorable than actual goals, although the ball was finding net much more often last Friday.

“The level of hockey is always high and we’re expected to play a certain way,” says fullback Ella Shockley. “We hold everyone accountable to be at the top, and we always expect to be there.”

Shockley is a good example, having scored a number of important goals for Delmar in her career, including both goals as Delmar beat Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) in a regular-season match last November.

“When I’m playing, it’s exciting to just be able to take a shot,” she says. “The goal is to be able to get into a good college as well as to be one of the best players there.”

Indeed, Delmar players have appeared on the rosters of teams such as Duke and Syracuse, as well as Delaware, where Morgan Bradford, one of Hollamon’s nieces, is now a first-year player.

Delmar is also sending players into the U.S. junior national system, and it remains to be seen how well these players do there.

Sept. 12, 2021 — No game, lots of shame

There was supposed to have been a soccer game today in the National Women’s Soccer League between the Washington Spirit and OL Reign.

But there won’t be a game played this evening; instead, the Reign, a team playing out of the Pacific Northwest, will be given a forfeit win and credited with three goals scored and three points in the league standings.

The forfeit comes a week after the Spirit’s match against the Portland Thorns was postponed because of a reported outbreak amongst the Washington team. News reports had as many as four Spirit players testing positive for COVID-19.

Further reports have indicated that as many as eight Spirit players having to quarantine for today’s game, and that the quarantines were mostly not for positive tests, but for breaches in league-mandated health and safety protocols.

The forfeit also stands in contrast with last week’s game cancellation against Portland: no forfeit was mandated for last week’s game, an inconsistency that was pointed out in social media immediately after the league announcement.

Today’s cancellation is the latest in a number of negative stories around the beleaguered team, following on the heels of revelations of a toxic team culture which has cost the Spirit the services of a number of players. Too, there was the botched separation of head coach Richie Burke from the rest of the team because of verbal abuse.

The Spirit forfeit comes at a time where attitudes towards vaccination against the Coronavirus are changing. Vaccine mandates are being extended at private businesses such as airlines and medical facilities, and this zero-tolerance approach is being applied in the sporting world.

But it also comes several months after COVID-19 vaccines have been made available to the public. It befuddles me that any professional athlete — not just women’s soccer players — has not yet undergone vaccine treatment.

Sept. 11, 2021 — Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 11, Olney Good Counsel (Md.) 1

POSTGAME That is it for today; good day, good hockey

POSTGAME Note that because of an illness within the Pocomoke (Md.) team, the second game of this doubleheader will not be played

POSTGAME The Vikings were, again, a team hunting for goals and they found them in bunches. Ciabbatoni, the future Duke player, was especially effective on the striking circle

FULL TIME The whistle ends the game with Cape winning 11-1

59:51 CH GOAL Summer Dorman finishes off a 2-on-zero and caps off this game with the Vikings’ 11th

56:20 CH PC Ends with a raised ball

53:10 GC GOAL Charley Noah takes a gap and crushes a drive into the cage. The Falcons cheer madly; Vikings still lead 10-1

52:00 CH PC Brown’s blast gets the tire outside of the goal cage

48:15 GC PC Pass is defensed over the end line and the Falcons get a 23M out of it

45:00 Final quarter has started; let us see what the Falcons can do

END THIRD The horn sounds and the lead is 10 for the Vikings

39:59 CH GOAL Kelly Bragg pounces on a diagonal and makes no mistake; Cape leads 10-0

32:30 CH PC Grace Wiggins grasps the rebound and scores; the Vikings keep piling on the pressure with their ninth

31:15 CH PC Ciabbatoni raps a medium speed shot that pings in off two GC defenders. Once again, she puts her palms up as if to say that she cannot stop scoring.

END HALF The score at the interval sees Cape Henlopen lead 7-0

29:59 CH PC and GOAL Em Duffield with the goal on the stroke of halftime

29:10 CH PC Low shot deflected by the CH defense

27:55 CH PC Ciabbatoni draws the defense to her then dishes to Lily Ashby. Her pass finds an open Ella Rishko who makes no mistake; 6-0 to Cape

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23:00 CH PC and GOAL Ciabbatoni pings a 1-up and, in a reaction befitting Michael Jordan, turns to her bench and shrugs her shoulders as if to say, “I can’t help it.” Vikings lead 5-0

21:52 CH GOAL Sabbagh rounds the corner and finds a way to beat the goalie from the tightest of angles; It’s 4-0 Cape

21:00 CH GOAL Brown finds herself on the doorstep and scores her second of the match and sixth of the young season; Cape leads 3-0

18:39 CH PC Brown from the left angle; Tate says no

17:50 CH PC Option left is chopped at by Brown; “sticks” is the call

15:00 The second quarter is under way

END FIRST The horn sounds with Cape leading 2-0

14:55 CH PC Option left is a pass that bounces away from the intended receiver

14:00 CH PC Insert hits Ciabbatoni in the foot; unlucky!

12:39 CH PC Ciabbatoni duffs her shot and it is whistled down for danger

10:30 CH PC Ciabbatoni detonates a 1-up; Tate says no

8:30 CH PC Ciabbatoni’s backhand is saved by goalie Zoe Tate

5:55 CH PC Mac Brown with a put away from in front after Ciabbatoni draws the OC defense with a brilliant run: 2-0 Cape leads

2:16 CH PC and GOAL Nol Sabbagh knocks it in off the post; the bank is open on Saturday! Vikings lead 1-0

2:00 CH PC Reagan Ciabbatoni with a blast off her teammate’s foot; 16Y for Good Counsel

1:10 CH PC Insert flubbed: follow-up blocked by Madeleine Rudolph

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Henlopen is in the navy with powder blue kilts and numerals; Good Counsel in the white with navy numerals and Vegas gold trim

PREGAME The teams are warming up under a cloudless sky and a sea breeze; temperature is around 71

PREGAME Good Counsel is 1-1-1 this season; Cape Henlopen is 1-0

PREGAME Welcome back to Champions Field in Lewes, Del. For this Bistate Challenge game between Olney Good Counsel (Md.) and Lewes Capr Henlopen (Del.)

Sept. 10, 2021 — Delmar (Del.) 10, Olney Good Counsel (Md.) 0

POSTGAME We’ll have two games tomorrow; good night and good hockey

POSTGAME It would appear as though coaches in Delaware are going to, again, have nightmares in trying to figure out how to stop Delmar. They are that good

POSTGAME Oak Knoll’s four goals against Eastern in the 2019 New Jersey Tournament of Champions, all within a 10-minute span, is close. And so was Eastern’s three goals in four minutes against Episcopal Academy in 2019

POSTGAME You have to go some to find a dominating stretch of play like Delmar exhibited between the 24th and 35th minutes, as the Wildcats put in five.

POSTGAME It was nothing less than a comprehensive victory for the preseason No. 2 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10. The movement, the passing, the shooting were of a different level

FULL TIME The whistle goes and Delmar wins the game 10-0

47:30 DEL PC Shot goes wide of the target

45:00 The final quarter is under way

END THIRD The whistle brings the third quarter to a close with Delmar leading 10-0

40:05 DEL PC Passing play to Brown just evades her stick

37:00 DEL PC Hi-lo is cleared by Good Counsel

35:00 DEL GOAL The Delmar attack unit rescues a penalty corner and, after corner criteria is off, Maci Bradford lays a pass for Josie Hollamon, who slices a backhand in the mesh! Golazo! Score is 10-0. I do not believe what I am witnessing here

34:00 DEL PC Mistrap but Delmar keeps the possession

33:00 DEL PC Defensed but will re-rack

31:12 DEL GOAL Bradford with a wall pass from Jordyn Hollamon and it is 9-0. The last five goals have come in just over six minutes

30:45 DEL PC and GOAL Josie Hollamon with a flamethrower on the 1-up. Delmar leads 8-0

30:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME Delmar has taken advantage of the space and their own talents to stake this lead. Countless times, the Wildcats have used their passing and speed to create amazing chances

END HALF The whistle goes with Delmar leading 7-0

29:00 DEL PC Option right is cleared

26:51 DEL GOAL Jordyn Hollamon from Bradford this time and the Cats are sending a message with a 7-0 lead

24:25 DEL GOAL Maci Bradford takes a pass from Jordyn Hollamon and the Wildcats have a sixth! They are scoring at will!

24:10 DEL GOAL Jordyn Hollamon with a lightning bolt! Delmar leads 5-0

23:00 DEL PC Option right; angled shot raked wide!

21:39 DEL PC Bradford corner ends with a raised ball

20:45 DEL PC Hi-lo to Brown skips wide!

18:15 DEL PC and GOAL Josie Hollamon bounces it in on the 1-Up and the Wildcats are up 4-0

16:35 DEL GOAL Jordyn Hollamon put it in off the iron and it’s 3-0 Delmar!

15:51 Delmar’s Laela Brown almost tips it in but it goes wide

END FIRST The whistle goes with Delmar leading 2-0

14:59 DEL PC Two shots attempted; but it looked like Delmar intercepted their own goal shots. There are wide-open players at the doorstep

14:38 Delmar crushes a hard shot that is saved!

12:30 DEL PC Bradford’s shot finds the side of the cage

9:39 DEL PC Two hard shots but they do not force a save

8:15 DEL PC Shot scuffed wide and GC takes possession

6:10 DEL PC A long phase of play as Delmar gets several shots in on goal including an amazing backhander

4:32 DEL GOAL Maci Bradford opens her account with a gorgeous flip shot from in close! Delmar leads 2-0

3:10 Delmar fires a diagonal pass in the circle that somehow evades everyone; what a chance!

1:05 DEL PC and GOAL Jordyn Hollamon with the goal off a rebound! A dream start for Delmar! Wildcats lead 1-0

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Delmar is wearing the white uniforms with black and orange trim, while Good Counsel is in the navy with gold numbers

PREGAME The teams are warming up under cooler skies and a sea breeze, temperatures at about 70 degrees

PREGAME Delmar is the five-time defending DIAA champion, and is a team which is coming off a dream 2020 season

PREGAME Good Counsel played an abbreviated schedule in the spring of 2021, but won the last Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title on offer

PREGAME Delmar is opening its season tonight; Good Counsel is 1-0-1

PREGAME Back at Champions Field for this second game of the Bi-State Challenge with Delmar (Del.) taking on Olney Good Counsel (Md.)

Sept. 10, 2021 — Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 9, Pocomoke (Md.) 0

POSTGAME Back in a few minutes with Delmar vs. Good Counsel

POSTGAME Given the fact that both of these teams have championships in their DNA, you might have expected a closer result. But Henlopen, on its home ground, we’re masterful and clinical in front of goal. Mac Brown and Nol Sabbagh were outstanding playing off Reagan Ciabbatoni

POSTGAME And the final whistle goes with Cape Henlopen winning 9-0

60:00 PHS PC Shot is saved by reserve goalkeeper Anna Lopez to finish the game

59:05 PHS PC Defensed and cleared, but will re-rack for a raised ball

52:39 PHS PC Nice passing play to Leni Wittman, but the shot does not find the target

48:00 CH GOAL Mac Brown scores again! What a game she is having! Cape leads 9-0

47:16 PHS GREEN The coaching staff gets a card because a player is missing the mouth guard

47:00 CH PC Shot goes wide

45:00 The final stanza is under way

END THIRD The horn sounds with the score Cape 8, Pocomoke 0

43:15 CH PC Open shot is saved by Esham

39:15 CH PC A well-worked pass play finds Sabbagh at the stroke mark but the ball is bunted wide!

38:30 CH PC Defensed by Hailey Cowger; raised ball on the redefend and we will rerack

35:15 CH PS Ciabbatoni with the stroke; it is 8-0 Cape

35:15 CH PC Option left goes into the mixer and it hits a Warrior foot on the line, and a penalty stroke is the result

34:05 CH PC Option left us saved by Esham; rebound is wide

33:15 CH PC Save by Esham; will re-rack

31:15 Open shot by Sabbagh is wide

30:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME At the end of 30 minutes, the score is Cape Henlopen 7, Pocomoke 0

27:30 PHS PC 1-up sniffed out by Ciabbatoni

26:40 Pocomoke works it into the attack end but the pass is wanting

25:00 CH GOAL Kelly Bragg takes a pass from Hannah Mandy; it is 7-0! I can’t believe what I am witnessing here

22:30 CH GOAL It’s a hat trick for Mac Brown! The hosts now lead 6-0

21:20 CH PC and GOAL Brown with her second as she received a pass from Ella Rishko; 5-0 Cape

17:00 CH PC Hi-lo finds the inserter but the tip flies wide of the cage

15:45 CH PC Cape puts it into the mixer; Ella Esham with a pair of saves

END FIRST The Vikings have absolutely bossed this game and have not let Pocomoke get any offensive flow

12:45 CH PC Option-left is angled wide of the post

11:30 CH GOAL Sabbagh gets the ball in open space and she has a brace; Cape is taking complete control here

7:55 CH GOAL Lou-Lou Rishko rescues a ball on the right wing and sloughs it to an open Nol Sabbagh and it’s 3-0 Vikings

6:55 CH PC and GOAL Mac Brown tips in Ciabbatoni’s 1-up and it’s 2-0

0:56 CH GOAL Regan Ciabbatoni takes a gorgeous through ball from 25 yards and slots it in! A dream start for Henlopen as the lead is 1-0

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Pocomoke in the navy uniforms with gold socks and white trim; Cape in the white uniforms with navy numerals

PREGAME The teams are warming up under a light breeze with temperatures around 71 degrees; perfect weather for field hockey

PREGAME Pocomoke is from one of the many fine towns across this land who punch above their weight when it comes to this game. Pocomoke City is a town of just over 4100 on the south end of the Eastern Shore heading towards Virginia Beach

PREGAME Cape Henlopen is a defending state champion which has sent players to Division I and even the Olympics. Lewes is a town of 3,200 in the resort area of the Delaware shore

PREGAME Pocomoke is the 19-time state champion of Maryland, but have not won since 2015. Cape Henlopen is your four-time defending DIAA Division I champion

PREGAME Cape Henlopen is playing its first match of the season; Pocomoke is 1-0

PREGAME Hello, and welcome to Champions Stadium on the campus of Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) for this Bi-State Challenge game featuring Pocomoke City (Md.) against the host Vikings