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Dec. 1, 2022 — The field hockey awards season

It’s December, which means we’re rolling out our schedule for the best of the field hockey season just past. Here’s what we’re planning:

Dec. 6: Region of the Year
Dec. 9: United States Coach of the Year, the nominees
Dec. 13: The State of Hockey
Dec. 16: Games of the Year
Dec. 20: Final Statwatch for 2021
Dec. 23: The Final Top 50
Dec. 26: Your national scoring champion
Dec. 30: United States Coach of the Year

Nov. 28, 2022 — A small part of “On-The-Go” could become a larger part of the field hockey landscape

A couple of weekends ago, we watched askance as the anticipated matchup in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Division I title game was pushed into the background.

Part of it was because of a technical fault in the livestreaming of the game. But the big reason why is the fact that the game wound up much more of a one-way game than we expected.

In the game, Richmond Collegiate (Va.) beat a good Norfolk (Va.) Academy side 4-0. Three of those goals were scored by junior Callie Rogers, who has given her verbal to the University of Maryland.

From everything we’ve heard, Rogers may be the finest field hockey player to come from central Virginia since Shannon Taylor willed Midlothian James River (Va.) to a VHSL title, one of the few not won by a Virginia Beach-area side before the state went to four divisions in state field hockey.

Last weekend, at the Shooting Star field hockey tournament, Rogers was a prime leader of the Panthers United club team as it won the “A” pool in the Under-19 division. She used skill in the attacking third in order to generate attacks and keep the opposition off-balance.

It was an excellent team performance for a side which was undefeated on the weekend, winning three matches and drawing two. I think that Rogers, the inspirational figure for Panthers United, could make Collegiate a team to watch in 2023.

Nov. 27, 2022 — The Final Third, Emerald City Edition

Join us this afternoon shortly before 1 p.m. Eastern time for whiparound coverage of the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Divison II field hockey tournament. Who will join Shippensburg and East Stroudsburg in Seattle next weekend? We’ll be on Facebook Live for the action.

Nov. 26, 2022 — The siren calls

In the early 1990s, when I was still working in the dailies, I was invited to join up with a number of field hockey people to go to the USFHA National Festival in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

This was several years before I became a full-time beat writer for the sport. Years before I learned the place of my region in the sport. Years before I left the dailies to start this website.

I’ve never been to a post-season club competition in field hockey. Not to Festival, nor to Disney, not to the NFHCA winter showcase, and not to the Shooting Star tournament.

Until, that is, today.

I’m popping down to experience the expanse, the fact that dozens of games are taking place over the course of three days at the River City Sportsplex in Midlothian, Va.

I’m looking for stories and old friends, for new contacts and for story ideas for 2023 and beyond.

It ought to be an interesting day.

Nov. 25, 2022 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Nov. 20

This has been an interesting season, for sure. Unlike the last several years, we have not had teams concentrate their scoring in one person. When you look at the scoring sheets for Delmar (Del.) and Emmaus (Pa.), you see several excellent scorers on these two teams, all of whom pushed their teams towards their team goals.

Below are statistics published by, amongst other sources, MaxPreps, Berks Game Day, the KHSAA, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Advance Media. We encourage coaches, ADs, team managers, and staffs to register for the MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams as well as perhaps your league, section, or 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
89 Olivia Fraticelli, Toms River (N.J.) North
55 Kate Fiest, Yorktown Tabb (Va.)
50 Tyler Everslage, Louisville Assumption (Ky.)
49 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
49 Maci Bradford, Delmar (Del.)
47 Darian DeLeo, Clearview (N.J.)
49 Maggie Sturgis, Marblehead (Mass.)
44 Aubreigh Uba, Reading Berks Catholic (Pa.)
44 Maggie Sturgis, Marblehead (Mass.)
44 Katie Clarke, Purcellville Loudoun Valley (Va.)
43 Maggie McCrae, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.)
43 Jordyn Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)
42 Olivia McKenna, Northport (N.Y.)
42 Reagan Eickhoff, Boiling Springs (Pa.)
41 Jessica Albertson, Gibsonia Pine-Richland (Pa.)
41 Danielle Hand, Queensbury (N.Y.)
41 Izzy Morgan, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.)

SEASON ASSISTS
45 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
40 Abby Burnett, Emmaus (Pa.)
35 Sammie Goin, Leesburg Independence (Va.)
32 Erika Culp, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.)
31 Molly Digiulio, Buffalo Nichols School (N.Y.)
30 Halley Beaudoin, Fairfax (Va.)
29 Lillian Willis, South Glens Falls (N.Y.)
29 Smilla Klas, San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.)
28 Madison Beach, Glenbrook (Ill.) South
28 Kate Fiest, Yorktown Tabb (Va.)
26 Ella Murphy, Buffalo Nichols School (N.Y.)
26 Katie Clarke, Purcellville Loudoun Valley (Va.)
26 Francesca McCaughey, East Greenwich Rocky Hill Country Day (R.I.)
26 Sophia Borgese, Worthington Thomas Worthington (Ohio)

CAREER GOALS
223 Olivia Fraticelli, Toms River (N.J.) North
175 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
171 Maci Bradford, Delmar (Del.)
141 Lauren Masters, Clinton North Hunterdon (N.J.)
123 Olivia Bent-Cole, Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.)
121 Josie Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)
120 Maggie Sturgis, Marblehead (Mass.)
117 Tyler Everslage, Louisville Assumption (Ky.)
109 Kate Fiest, Yorktown Tabb (Va.)
106 Emma Watchilla, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
103 Kate Galica, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)
103 Darian DeLeo, Clearview (N.J.)
101 Ava Bleier, Pittsford Sutherland (N.Y.)

CAREER ASSISTS
130 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
104 Abby Burnett, Emmaus (Pa.)
84 Josie Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)
79 Gigi Edwards, Frontenac Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
78 Hope Haynes, Houston Kinkaid (Tex.)

GOALS SCORED, TEAM
212 Emmaus (Pa.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
115 Delmar (Del.)
55 Northport (N.Y.)
52 Watertown (Mass.)
46 Yorktown Tabb (Va.)

CONSECUTIVE UNBEATEN
115 Delmar (Del.)
55 Northport (N.Y.)
52 Watertown (Mass.)
46 Yorktown Tabb (Va.)

ACTIVE COACHING VICTORIES
1041 Susan Butz-Stavin, Emmaus (Pa.)
873 Linda Krieiser, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.)
759 Karen Klassner, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
731 Eileen Donahue, Watertown (Mass.)
724 Cheryl Poore, Harwich (Mass.), Monomoy (Mass.), and Nauset (Mass.)
705 Sharon Sarsen, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y)

So, this is the last of our weekly Statwatches until we have a final listing in December. Until then, if you see something wrong, just send an email to us at TopOfTheCircle.com. Send us some evidence (a website will do), and we can make corrections.

Thanks for dropping in every week on this feature and we’ll see you in the spring for lacrosse.

Nov. 24, 2022 — Giving thanks

Hello, readers.

I hope you are taking advantage of this Thanksgiving time to be with family and to give thanks for health, happiness, and fellowship, whether you are in Florida or in Virginia for competition this week.

The Moran family on Long Island has a special reason for giving thanks this year. Read this amazing story about their daughter Sam, a starting center back from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Nov. 22, 2022 — Top 10 for the week of Nov. 20

It’s been a November to remember in scholastic field hockey. The last two weekends’ worth of competition saw more last-second goals, overtimes, and post-overtime shootouts than we’ve ever seen in 24 years of running this site. And it’s therefore fitting that Delmar (Del.), a team which was taken to overtime to start the month, finished No. 1 in our Top 10.

This is our final weekly Top 10 of the 2022 season. Our comprehensive final Top 50 will be published in December.

Our honorary RightToRightIsRight.com No. 11 Team of the Week is North Carolina. No, not the NCAA Division I champions, but the club field hockey side that plays out of Chapel Hill. The team won the National Field Hockey League with a dominating 4-0 win over Georgia last Sunday in Virginia Beach..

1. Delmar (Del.) 19-0
Season complete: Bested Claymont Archmere Academy (Del.) 7-1 to culminate a memorable and artful era in field hockey during which the Wildcats won seven straight state championships and 115 games in a row

2. San Diego Canyon Hills (Calif.) 26-0
Season complete: The Rattlers won the CIF Open Division Tournament but it was not easy; the team got a penalty corner goal with 10 seconds left to beat San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.)

3. Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.) 21-1
Season complete: Irish beat Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 2-1 to win the NJSIAA Non-Public state championship

4. Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) 19-1
Season complete: Hill beat Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) in the final minute of the PAISAA final

5. Northport (N.Y.) 23-0
Season complete: Tigers got by a game Cicero-North Syracuse (N.Y.) outfit thanks to an Olivia McKenna overtime penalty stroke

6. Woolwich Kingsway (N.J.) 20-2-1
Season complete: The Dragons won their first state championship in style, outscoring their opposition 36-1 including a 4-1 win in the final against Hillsborough (N.J.)

7. Watertown (Mass.) 22-0
Season complete: Raiders beat Sandwich (Mass.) 2-0 in the final of the MIAA Division 3 Tournament

8. Mechanicsburg (Pa.) 21-4-1
Season complete: The Wildcats got an overtime goal from Gracyn Catalano to beat league rival Palmyra (Pa.) 1-0 in the PIAA Class AA final

9. Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 22-3-1
Season complete: Falcons were the beneficiary of an Avery Pollock overtime goal in a PIAA Class AAA final win over West Lawn Wilson (Pa.)

10. Whitney Point (N.Y.) 21-0
Season complete: The Vikings take on Wilmington Padua Academy (Del.) in the semifinals of the DIAA Division 1 Tournament

11. North Carolina Field Hockey Club 13-3-1
Season complete: Beat Georgia 4-0 in the final of the National Field Hockey League’s fall tournament

Who’s out: Emmaus (Pa.) 2-1 loss to West Lawn Wilson (Pa.); Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 2-1 OT loss to Smyrna (Del.); Palmyra (Pa.) 1-0 OT loss to Mechanicsburg (Pa.)

And bear in mind: San Jose Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 20-2-1, Huntington Beach (Calif.) 20-1, Denver Colorado Academy (Colo.) 18-1, Darien (Conn.) 23-0, Watertown Taft (Conn.) 18-1-1, Branford (Conn.) 14-4-1, North Branford (Conn.) 19-1-1, Smyrna (Del.) 16-2, Washington St. John’s College (D.C.) 12-1, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) 25-4, Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 22-5-1, Skowhegan (Maine) Area 18-0, Lawrence (Maine) 19-0, Winthrop (Maine) 16-2, Owings Mills Garrison Forest School (Md.) 16-1-1, Annapolis Broadneck (Md.) 20-0, Glenelg (Md.) 12-6, Crofton (Md.) 16-2, Andover (Mass.) 22-1, Walpole (Mass.) 21-2, Uxbridge (Mass.) 22-0, Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich,) 12-1-1, Dexter (Mich.) 13-5, Frontenac Villa Duchesne (Mo.) 23-2-1, Exeter (N.H.) 17-1-1, Weare John Stark (N.H.) 16-0-1, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 20-3-1, West Deptford (N.J.) 18-4-1, Clinton North Hunterdon (N.J.) 20-5, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 17-6, Vestal (N.Y.) 15-5, Charlotte Myers Park (Calif.) 21-1, Charlotte Providence Day School (N.C.) 11-5, Worthington Thomas Worthington (Ohio) 18-2, Columbus Bishop Watterson (Ohio) 14-5, Palmyra (Pa.) 20-3-2, Boiling Springs (Pa.) 26-0, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) 25-2-1, Emmaus (Pa.) 26-1, Providence Moses Brown (R.I.) 16-1-1, Houston St. John’s (Tex.) 18-2, Hinesburg Champlain Valley Union (Vt.) 15-2, Woodstock (Vt.) 15-1, Richmond (Va.) Collegiate 17-5, Yorktown Tabb (Va.) 24-0, Fairfax (Va.) 24-1-1, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 17-4, Chesapeake Great Bridge (Va.) 17-3, Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels (Wisc.)

Nov. 20, 2022 — The Final Three

This morning in Windsor, Conn., the New England Preparatory Schools Athletic Council will be holding its annual championship games.

For most hockey aficionados, the Class A title game, at 11 a.m., is the one to watch between Greenwich (Conn.) Academy and Watertown Taft (Conn.). Both are long-time New England powerhouses and rivals, though GA has had the better of it in the last few years. Taft has not won the NEPSAC title since 1999, but GA has three top-flight titles since then.

In the Class B tournament, Newbury Governor’s Academy (Mass.) takes on Concord Middlesex (Mass.), while South Hamilton Pingree (Mass.) meets New Hampton (N.H.) in Class C.

The NEPSAC teams play fine hockey, often at a higher level than their public-school sisters. The global pandemic put a hard stop on the New England prep schools in the fall of 2020, but have been coming back with strength and ambition.

It is a good cherry on top for the scholastic season.

Nov. 18, 2022 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Nov. 16

This week, the statistical occurrence of greatest note is the fact that Emmaus (Pa.) had a winning streak of 69 games ended by West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) during Wednesday night’s PIAA Class AAA semifinals. When you look at the long and illustrious history of Emmaus field hockey, it is the second-longest Hornet win streak of all time; the team had an 81-game winning streak that ended in 2017. The previous longest win streak for the Hornets were 56, 55, and 53 games. This tells you a lot about the strength of this awesome program in such a tough area of the country to win a state championship.

Emmaus has been tremendous in the record books. Susan Butz-Stavin had more head coaching wins than anyone. A number of players, such as Meredith Sholder, Annika Herbine, and Rachel Herbine are part of the career 100-goal, 100 assist club. And the numbers don’t hide the fact that the players coming out of that program are absolute winners.

What you see in the red type below are numbers published by, amongst other sources, MaxPreps, Berks Game Day, the KHSAA, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Advance Media. We encourage coaches, ADs, team managers, and staffs to register for the MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams as well as perhaps your league, section, or 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
89 Olivia Fraticelli, Toms River (N.J.) North
55 Kate Fiest, Yorktown Tabb (Va.)
50 Tyler Everslage, Louisville Assumption (Ky.)
49 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
47 Maci Bradford, Delmar (Del.)
47 Darian DeLeo, Clearview (N.J.)
49 Maggie Sturgis, Marblehead (Mass.)
44 Aubreigh Uba, Reading Berks Catholic (Pa.)
44 Maggie Sturgis, Marblehead (Mass.)
44 Katie Clarke, Purcellville Loudoun Valley (Va.)
44 Olivia McKenna, Northport (N.Y.)
43 Maggie McCrae, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.)
42 Jordyn Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)
41 Jessica Albertson, Gibsonia Pine-Richland (Pa.)
41 Danielle Hand, Queensbury (N.Y.)
41 Izzy Morgan, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.)

SEASON ASSISTS
45 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
39 Abby Burnett, Emmaus (Pa.)
35 Sammie Goin, Leesburg Independence (Va.)
33 Erika Culp, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.)
31 Molly Digiulio, Buffalo Nichols School (N.Y.)
30 Halley Beaudoin, Fairfax (Va.)
29 Lillian Willis, South Glens Falls (N.Y.)
29 Smilla Klas, San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.)
28 Madison Beach, Glenbrook (Ill.) South
28 Kate Fiest, Yorktown Tabb (Va.)
26 Ella Murphy, Buffalo Nichols School (N.Y.)
26 Katie Clarke, Purcellville Loudoun Valley (Va.)
26 Francesca McCaughey, East Greenwich Rocky Hill Country Day (R.I.)
26 Sophia Borgese, Worthington Thomas Worthington (Ohio)

CAREER GOALS
223 Olivia Fraticelli, Toms River (N.J.) North
175 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
169 Maci Bradford, Delmar (Del.)
141 Lauren Masters, Clinton North Hunterdon (N.J.)
123 Olivia Bent-Cole, Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.)
120 Maggie Sturgis, Marblehead (Mass.)
120 Josie Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)
117 Tyler Everslage, Louisville Assumption (Ky.)
109 Kate Fiest, Yorktown Tabb (Va.)
106 Emma Watchilla, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
103 Kate Galica, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)
103 Darian DeLeo, Clearview (N.J.)
101 Ava Bleier, Pittsford Sutherland (N.Y.)

CAREER ASSISTS
130 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
104 Abby Burnett, Emmaus (Pa.)
83 Josie Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)
79 Gigi Edwards, Frontenac Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
78 Hope Haynes, Houston Kinkaid (Tex.)

GOALS SCORED, TEAM
212 Emmaus (Pa.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
114 Delmar (Del.)
55 Northport (N.Y.)
52 Watertown (Mass.)
46 Yorktown Tabb (Va.)

CONSECUTIVE UNBEATEN
114 Delmar (Del.)
55 Northport (N.Y.)
52 Watertown (Mass.)
46 Yorktown Tabb (Va.)

ACTIVE COACHING VICTORIES
1041 Susan Butz-Stavin, Emmaus (Pa.)
872 Linda Krieiser, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.)
759 Karen Klassner, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
730 Eileen Donahue, Watertown (Mass.)
724 Cheryl Poore, Harwich (Mass.), Monomoy (Mass.), and Nauset (Mass.)
705 Sharon Sarsen, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y)

We think we have these right, but we’re prone to mistakes in our old age. If you see something wrong, just send an email to us at TopOfTheCircle.com. Send us some evidence (a website will do), and we can make changes on the go.

Until next week, then. Excelsior!

Nov. 17, 2022 — Inside the Division I Final Four

Tomorrow at around noon, the final two NCAA Division I women’s college field hockey games will commence as North Carolina battles Penn State in a game at the University of Connecticut.

The four teams that have made it to Storrs have made it through many troubles and opponents, making the winner of Sunday’s grand final a truly worthy champion.

All four of these teams have great players, but also have some truly stars of the U.S. scholastic realm, and are ready to make some history.


NORTH CAROLINA vs. PENN STATE
The obvious: The struggle for dominance amongst Division I field hockey conferences is manifest in this match between the current Big Ten Conference regular-season co-champion and the ACC champion.

The not-so-obvious:
Rare is the time that you will see 81 seasons and 1,348 wins in the coaching boxes. But that’s what you’ll see when Karen Shelton and Char Morett-Curtis face each other. But for all of Penn State’s excellence over the years, the Nittany Lions have yet to win a national championship.

Key players: UNC: Erin Matson, sr., f; Meredith Sholder, sr., m/d; Ryleigh Heck, fr., f; Ashley Sessa, fr., f, Paityn Wirth, sr., f. PSU: Mackenzie Allessie, sr., f; Sophia Gladieux, jr., f, Anna Simon, gr., F, Jemma Punch, sr., f., Brie Barraco, sr., g.

UNC wins this game if: They limit turnovers and jump on Penn State early. If they get two in the first 5 to 10 minutes, it could be all but over by the interval.

Penn State wins this game if: Brie Barraco has the game of her life in goal. Which has been known to happen in circumstances like these.

The skinny: The number of goals that many of these players have scored in high school is enormous. In the lineup tomorrow is the all-time leading goal-scorer in scholastic field hockey in Allessie. You will also see No. 3 (Heck), No. 7 (Sholder), No. 8 (Gladieux), and No. 12 (Wirth). If this is a goalfest, I’d definitely favor UNC, but it Penn State plays the kind of defense it did in the quarterfinals against Albany, the Lions could be making that one move towards a level it has never attained.


MARYLAND vs. NORTHWESTERN
The obvious: A Big Ten battle featuring your defending national champion

The not-so-obvious: When Maryland joined the Big Ten in 2014, many followers of women’s sports believed that this would set up a golden age of rivalry between the Terp women’s lacrosse team and Northwestern. In field hockey, the move had an effect on the head-to-head matchup. Before the move to the Big Ten, Maryland had won 13 straight. Since then, Northwestern leads the record, eight games to six, including a number of very close games.

Key players: UMD: Bibi Donradt, gr., f; Hope Rose., so., f; Danielle vsn Rootselaar, gr., m; Leah Crouse, gr., f/m; Emma Deberdine., sr., m; Rayne Wright., jr., d. NU: Lauren Wadas., jr., m; Maddie Zimmer., jr., m; Bente Baekers., gr., f; Alia Marshall, sr., m/d; Peyton Halsey., sr., m; Annabel Skubisz., jr., g

Maryland wins this game if: Hope Rose is allowed time and space to create chances in the attack. She is a disruptor and can open space in the back.

Northwestern wins thie game if: Lauren Wadas and Maddie Zimmer are allowed to create chances in the front third; they are rare players who can take the ball right as defenders. Annabel Skubisz could win the game by herself, however.

The skinny: The teams have split games already this season and each team has a 2-1 win over the other. Can you say “overtime”?