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Sept. 24, 2017 — No. 1 Connecticut 1, No. 6 Delaware 0 (OT)

POSTGAME That’s all for now; good day and good hockey

POSTGAME There is sure to be a lot of soul-searching within the Delaware team the next few days as the defending champions have three defeats on the year

POSTGAME After all that defense played throughout regulation and overtime, it took a poacher’s goal in order to win the game. Vietner’s attempt was a diving, blind shot that somehow got through Delaware defensive captain Kayla Devlin without the ball hitting her feet, and without Vietner’s stick clashing with Devlin’s

82:55 UCONN GOAL Amanda Collins bloops a shot off the UConn defense, and Veitner (who else?) is there to pick up the goodies; Connecticut wins the game 1-0

80:30 UCONN PC The Huskies with an option right, but on the return left Lotte DeKoning is able to make the tackle for Delaware

78:45 Nauck with some space, heading into the circle, but a block tackle by Casey Umstead!

77:25 TIMEOUT, DELAWARE Is this tactical? What will Rolf van der Kerkhof do here?

75:00 A clash of sticks in the midfield: whose ball is it? The umpires seem to disagree

71:45 Nauck with a fancy air-dribble; the Connecticut defense clears

71:00 Delaware with a free hit in a promising position

70:00 We’re on with extra time

FULL TIME Next goal wins; up to two periods of 7-on-7 overtime will ensue. If nobody scores, we’ll play the FIH penalty shootout

FULL TIME If there’s one factor that is going to lead to a result here, I think, it’s conditioning. When UConn was taking penalty corners, there was absolutely no urgency. The players were walking to their positions. Delaware had some elementary errors in execution on a series of penalty corners with under five to go. The temperature is now hovering somewhere around 87, and the humidity from the wet turf makes the air more difficult to breathe

FULL TIME And the whistle goes; we are still at 0-0 and headed to overtime!

69:30 UDEL PC Pass to Nauck is slow; the UConn flyer is able to make a play, although Nauck was able to somehow get off a shot attempt

68:25 UDEL PC A bad set for Delaware; the execution isn’t there at the critical time for the defending champs

67:30 UDEL PC Blown insert is rescued, but a Connecticut foul leads to a re-rack

66:50 Entry pass by Nauck from the right wing is mishandled by UConn and we’ll have a late corner!

65:00 Five to go; who has what it takes to win it?

64:30 UCONN PC Reverse shot goes wide; but the ball never left the circle on the insert anyway. Delaware’s ball on the free out

64:00 Wow; how did that not go in for UConn? They do get a penalty corner out of their surge up the right wing

61:00 UConn now surges, but Delaware has been picking up Connecticut players at the 23-meter line and are doing a fine job of keeping them out

56:30 Delaware throws in a surge, attacking from the middle and getting a Lauren Crudele shot out of it

55:30 UDEL GREEN Lisa Glezeman is off for two minutes

53:35 OFFICIAL TIMEOUT for a water break

53:35 UDEL PC The ball gets through but the save is made by Klein!

53:00 UDEL PC Dragflick hits a UConn player on the foot; will re-rack

50:00 Tactically, I haven’t seen much change from either side this half; is this headed to overtime?

46:17 UCONN PC Huskies’ passing play is broken down and Delaware sends it to the other end of the pitch!

44:45 UCONN PC Shot is saved by Oltmans! Rebound sent wide!

43:40 Veitner earns a corner after being triple-teamed in the circle

42:05 UCONN PC The insert is stopped inside the circle, and the diagonal pass is knocked in; the goal is rightly waved off

41:30 UCONN PC Shot swept off a Delaware foot; will re-rack

40:30 UCONN PC Hi-lo to Veitner as the inserter is sticked wide by Delaware; free in for the Huskies

38:30 UDEL PC Nauck’s dragflick goes wide

36:30 UConn with a free hit in a dangerous position, but choosing to keep the ball and passing it in the midfield and making Delaware chase

35:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME The teams are also seemingly paralleling each others’ playbooks, so it is hard to know whose game the teams are playing at any given moment. But here in the first term, the defenses are definitely ahead of the offenses

HALFTIME The sides are very even territorially, though it seems as though Veitner is getting open much more often than Nauck

HALFTIME The whistle goes with the sides level at 0-0

34:59 Delaware is playing to the horn; a deep run into the circle leads to a shot that sizzles wide by Femke Strein!

34:30 Ball goes to the doorstep, where Svea Boker hits the post; that could have been the opener for UConn!

33:30 UDEL GREEN Horgan with a block tackle in the midfield; I think it’s more of the context of how the play got to her rather than the severity of the tackle

30:55 Veitner tries to find space on the left wing, and her backhander is high, wide, and handsome

30:05 UConn with a free hit in a promising position, but Delaware uses the sideline as an extra defender

28:20 Veitner with a backhand shot, but Horgan defenses the opportuniy

23:30 UConn again enters the circle, but Sarah Horgan with an immense clear! She has been rock-solid thus far for the Hens

22:04 Veitner with an enterprising chance for Connecticut, but Oltmans is equal for Delaware

19:10 Delaware is buzzing around the left wing but the Huskies playing excellent bend-but-don’t-break defese

17:46 Timeout, UConn

17:30 Delaware with a free hit in a promising position, but the ball is squeezed over the end line

14:30 UCONN PC Dragflick broken down in front; ball goes in but off a UConn foot

11:10 Delaware attacks the right side and has space, but the pass goes over the end line for a UConn free out

7:20 Connecticut attacking the left side of the circle, but the Delaware defense holds strong

6:05 Charlotte Veitner attacks the space with speed and misses the cage; a chance wasted

4:15 UCONN PC Dragflick zings wide of the post

0:35 Delaware attacking the left baseline and almost gets free for a scoring chance, but a stick obstruction nullifies the play

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Delaware is in the royal blue with gold trim; Connecticut is in the all-white with blue numbers

PREGAME The teams are warming up under bright sunshine with temperatures around 85; it shouldn’t budge much from this level, which might bring water breaks into the equation

PREGAME Seven foreign players are on the Delaware roster, including goalie Emelie Oltmans and scoring ace Greta Nauck. Connecticut has six, including its scoring leader, Charlotte Veitner

PREGAME This game is also going to be an interesting study as to the foreign influence in American college field hockey. Both of these schools have relied heavily on international talent the last half-decade

PREGAME This is a matchup of the two universities with three out of the last four NCAA Division I championships. As such, this will be a bellweather game for how the rest of the season will play out

PREGAME Two days ago, Delaware had its 16-game home winning streak snapped by Albany. Connecticut, who beat Temple on Friday evening, doesn’t want that to happen to them

PREGAME Delaware, your defending national champion, is 6-2 on the season. Connecticut, the No. 1 ranked team in the latest NFHCA poll, is 8-0 on the season

PREGAME Hello, and welcome to Rullo Stadium on the campus of the University of Delaware for this interconference field hockey match between Connecticut and Delaware

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Sept. 23, 2017 — Riding the ragged edge

Today feels like the end of the field hockey season and not the first month. Such is the nature of the competition that the nation’s elite teams is finding.

Just today, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) needed an overtime goal from Amanda Beck to beat a very good Plymouth Wyoming Valley West (Pa.) side by a 3-2 scoreline. Down the road at Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.), the Comets beat a competition-hardened Hershey (Pa.) team 2-1.

In Connecticut, Mamaroneck (Pa.) went into Wilton (Conn.) and stole a 3-2 overtime win. The game was seemingly going to go Wilton’s way until a penalty stroke at the death. Sophie Brill coolly disposed of the stroke, and subsequently won the game with a goal 42 seconds into extra time.

It doesn’t get any easier this week, and the fulcrum to this week’s destiny lies a few miles east of Pennsylvania’s state capitol. For it is Hummelstown Lower Dauphin who this week will take on Penn Manor, then play its own invitational tournament at the gleaming Kreiser-Hallman complex.

In the field? Donegal.

Should be another thrill-a-minute week in the game of field hockey.

Sept. 22, 2017 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Sept. 20

Hi, everyone. Welcome back to another year of Statwatch, our little look into the numbers that define field hockey.

Of course, we’ll also try to point up an accomplishment or two when warranted. And certainly, this week warrants an enormous shoutout to two of the finest coaches the game has known at the scholastic level.

For it was within a few hours of each other, and within about 140 miles of each other on the map, that a pair of green-clad teams named Hornets gave their respective coaches their latest coaching milestones.

Sharon Sarsen, who won her 600th game on Saturday, is the head coach of Shrub Oak Lakeland. The Hornets are in the midst of trying to win a ninth consecutive state championship, and have all the talent in the world to try to achieve that feat.

Sarsen has coached her share of star players, including the Bozek sisters and current U.S. women’s national team captain Melissa Gonzalez.

Not to be outdone, Susan Butz-Stavin earned her 900th all-time coaching win with an overtime victory over Allentown Parkland (Pa.). Butz-Stavin has coached her share of high-performance players including Cindy Werley, Autumn Welsh, and Kristen McCann. And recent alumna Meredith Sholder, the second-leading goal-scorer in the history of the National Federation, has plied her trade for the national indoor team program.

That’s a lot of wins from two legendary coaches, and each should be lauded for their teams’ successes.

This week, we start compiling numbers from various sources around the Internet universe. Of course, we’d like to plug the easy-to-use MaxPreps.com website. I encourage readers to contact their coaches, athletic directors, and student managers so that they may register for and use 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.

So, here’s what we have thus far, thanks to, amongst others, MaxPreps, Advance Media, PennLive.com, LancSports.com, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, PhilaFieldHockey.com, and the Washington Post:

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, SEASON
29 Katie Dixon, Cary (N.C.) Christian
27 Nicole Buckley, Cary (N.C.) Christian
26 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
25 Leah Zellner, Emmaus (Pa.)
21 Katie Schneider, San Diego Serra (Calif.)
20 Ellie Decker, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)
20 Suzy Keefer, St. Louis Villa Duchesne
19 Brianna Roskey, Oakhurst Ocean Township (N.J.)
19 Sarah Wilson, New Hope-Solebury (Pa.)
18 Morgan Mullen, Allentown Northampton (Pa.)

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, SEASON
27 Taryn Tkachuk, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
14 Nicole Buckley, Cary (N.C.) Christian
13 Katie Dixon, Cary (N.C.) Christian
13 Olivia Perrone, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
13 Mackenzie Cyr, Blairstown North Warren (N.J.)
12 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
12 Kacie Patton, Emmaus (Pa.)
12 Cate Camenzind, St. Louis Lafayette (Mo.)
11 Molly Christopher, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
11 Marie Thompson, Cary (N.C.) Christian

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, CAREER
162 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
137 Riley Fulmer, Norfolk (Va.) Academy
127 Lily Croddick, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
117 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
115 Regan Dougherty, Haddon Township (N.J.)
113 Sammy Popper, Fort Washington Germantown Academy (Pa.)
93 Elizabeth Romano, Madison (N.J.) Borough
87 Erin Matson, Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.)*
* — inactive for 2016-17 season

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, CAREER
82 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
75 Gabby Andretta, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
64 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
62 Greer Gill, Norfolk (Va.) Academy
60 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
57 Riley Fulmer, Norfolk (Va.) Academy

GAMES UNDEFEATED
100 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
77 Los Gatos (Calif.)
64 Emmaus (Pa.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
77 Los Gatos (Calif.)
64 Emmaus (Pa.)

This being mid-September, these aren’t meant to be authoritative. If you see a number or statistic or even some statistical oddity that you’d like to bring to our attention, please feel 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.

Thanks for reading and we’ll do this against next week.

Sept. 20, 2017 — Thoughts on a retirement

I didn’t want to go too far along in the fall field hockey season without recognizing an excellent coach for whom this is her first year out of the game since the fall of 1972.

Judy Lee retired over the offseason, leaving an indelible mark as field hockey coach at Martinsville Pingry School (N.J.). She had previously coached at Roselle Park (N.J.), but it was at Pingry where she truly made a name for herself and her team.

Pingry is a college preparatory school which has, in the last few years, led a parallel existence between the state’s public and private schools. It joined with a public-school league for most of its athletic pursuits, sometimes participating in the state tournament in the private school ranks.

In field hockey, Lee was part of a trend which made the NJSIAA rewrite an entire section of its manual. Between 2000 and 2004, Pingry won four of five Group I titles. A decade later, fellow private schools Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) and Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.) were also winning state titles.

By 2013, the NJSIAA had instituted a Non-Public state championship bracket for the various private and parochial schools whose field hockey teams were starting to rival the public schools for top honors year over year.

Lee finished with more than 500 career victories in field hockey.

But the thing is, it wasn’t her most impactful sport. Lee was the swim coach not only for Pingry (both boys’and girls’ teams), but also lent her summers to the recreational program in Westfield, N.J. for four decades.

Westfield, a community about 15 miles northeast of Martinsville, is a place where swimming runs deep in the community and in the soul of those who practice and compete, even the U-8s who dogpaddle a crooked line towards a wall that never seems to come quick enough.

Thousands of swimmers were under Lee’s influence over the years, and went on to varying degrees of success as state champions in their own right.

Lee’s effects on her students and athletes is undeniable. She will be missed.

Sept. 18, 2017 — A pair of significant weekend results

While this site was concentrating on the interstate match between Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) and Norfolk (Va.) Academy, there were two more significant occurrences in the field hockey world on Saturday.

One was the rematch of a pretty significant match from a year ago, but this year, the in-season confrontation between Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) was to take place at Montclair State University.

The last two times these state powerhouses have met, it was Eastern coming out on the front foot and taking the initiative, winning both contests. But Saturday, it was Oak Knoll who got the first goal in the 43rd minute off the stick of Gabby Andretta.

Eastern, to its credit leveled the score four minutes later. Oak Knoll then took the lead again in the 48th, leaving it up to the Vikings to try to even the score. The Royals’ defense were pounded for the next eight minutes before Kara Heck, last year’s leading goal scorer for Eastern, tied it up. The score remained 2-2 through 10 minutes of overtime, but not before a final scare. Eastern’s Izzy Sinibaldi, a promising player who has been gaining more playing time over the years on such a loaded attacking side, had a late breakaway but had her shot stopped by Oak Knoll goalie Jordan McGinley.

About 100 miles west of this game, history was being made in the Lehigh Valley. But for Emmaus (Pa.), the quest for getting head coach Susan Butz-Stavin her 900th career victory was not made easy by their guests, Allentown Parkland (Pa.).

Indeed, this game went into overtime. But it took senior Leah Zellner to finish off a one-timer from the wing to give the Green Hornets a 2-1 win.

These games represent their own varieties of a “gut check.” Eastern, in its last 17-plus years of dominance, was staring at an early loss for the first time; usually, it is late in the season when the Vikings fall short in any particular game.

And for Emmaus, the entire season surrounds one problem: how to deal with talent that is no longer on the team. Graduating an all-time great such as Meredith Sholder, the Emmaus attack has been looking for its own identity, and the overtime result certainly represents an enormous mental hurdle for the players on the current roster.

But overall, one cannot help but pay respect to Butz-Stavin, who has coached some of the finest players and teams of all time, including last year’s No. 1 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Final Top 50.

And yesterday’s grit and determination not to lose against Parkland was a testament to her methods. A hearty “Well-played!” from this corner.

Sept. 17, 2017 — What will the legacy look like?

The big news in amateur sport this past week was that Los Angeles was awarded the 2028 Olympics.

A lot could happen in the next 4000 days leading to the Games of the 34th Olympiad, and amongst field hockey cogniscenti, there is a lot of free advice out there about what kind of Olympic tournament will help grow the game in the western United States.

It kind of reminds you of the cartoon which shows how a varying series of complex contraptions made with rope, wood planks, and tires satisfied various interest groups in trying to build a simple playground swing.

So, as a public service, we’re going to make a thought exercise out of this, given what we’ve seen already on social media as well as  through Olympic and recent sporting history:

  1. The soccer solution. Since the 1984 Olympics, the various soccer tournaments have been a movable feast for the host nation. In 1984, for example, the men’s soccer group games took place at Stanford, Harvard, and the United States Naval Academy before matriculating to the Rose Bowl for the final. Given the number of FIH-compliant facilities in the United States, it would be easy to assign an entire quarter of the Olympic tournament — say, Group A men — to one site. If this was to happen, I think the logical existing four sites would be Chula Vista, Calif.; Moorpark, Calif.; Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, Pa.; and the National Training Center in Virginia Beach.
  2. The Western solution. Given the lack of field hockey infrastructure on the West Coast, it might be best to concentrate the Games into areas of California where the game is already present. Play the women’s tournament in its entirety at Chula Vista, while playing the men’s tournament in its entirety in Moorpark.
  3. The Kyocera Stadium solution. The 2014 FIH World Cups were held at the home of ADO Den Haag, a men’s soccer team in the Eredivisie in Holland. It required that six layers be laid down with a slight crown in the center but with the scoring circles remaining perfectly flat. Indeed, when Boston was the hot choice to be an American host for the next open games, field hockey was envisioned for Harvard Stadium. But for a West Coast games, the two obvious candidate sites for retrofitting are the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif. and the as-yet-unnamed home of Los Angeles F.C., which is being built downtown. That, of course, assumes that soccer hasn’t already called dibs on these two soccer-specific stadia.
  4. The X-Games Solution. Ever wonder how events like the X-Games, the various Red Bull extreme sports competitions, and the Dew Tour are organized? It’s all about logistics and moving huge ramps and jumps from one competition venue to another. I can envision FIH commissioning one or more temporary bolt-together hockey stadia, complete with built-in watering and drainage systems. Like the current generation of temporary cycling velodromes, I think a hockey stadium could be engineered for installation and removal in a very short period of time.
  5. The Instant Rivalry Solution. If the four Division universities in Los Angeles County agreed to start varsity programs in exchange for hosting duties in 2028, you could more than double the number of programs on the Pacific coastline if you can commit to having several permanent water-based pitches on college campuses. Those schools would be the University of Southern California, UCLA, Pepperdine, and Long Beach State.

I’ll be interested to see what happens, given the fact that none of the four previous stateside Olympic Games (St. Louis 1904, Los Angeles 1932, Los Angeles 1984, Atlanta 1996) has generated a single NCAA Division I field hockey program in its host region.

Sept. 16, 2017 — Norfolk (Va.) Academy 6, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) 2

NORFOLK, Va. — Kerry de Vries has had a varied life in field hockey, whether as a championship-level student-athlete at the University of Iowa or as the mother of a high-level player, Charlotte, at Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) and as part of the U.S. youth high-performance system.

This year, de Vries is the head coach of Conestoga, and, after yesterday’s 6-2 loss in a road match at Norfolk (Va.) Academy, she could have had any number of emotions or thoughts after the game.

But the first thing on her mind was something different.

“My takeaway from this day,” she said, “was how privileged we were to play a game on this kind of surface, the way the game was meant to be played.”

As much as the game revolved around Conestoga’s Charlotte de Vries and the efforts of the Norfolk Academy to defend her, the overwhelming story was underfoot: Norfolk Academy’s two-year-old on-campus water-based turf.

NA is one of only four secondary schools in the United States with such a surface, and the Bulldogs used it to great effect yesterday, jumping out to a two-goal lead in under five minutes with smart passing, letting the ball do the work. Ruley Fulmer and Lily Clarkson had two goals each for the hosts.

The game represented a homecoming of sorts for the de Vries family. As a middle-schooler, Charlotte de Vries played at Virginia Beach Cape Henry Collegiate (Va.). Two years on, with Kerry de Vries taking the job at Conestoga, one of the first calls she received was from Norfolk Academy, whose head coach, Linda Werkheiser, co-coaches the TCOYO club team along with de Vries.

“They were having trouble getting non-league games and asked whether we could come,” de Vries said. “My athletic director looked at me like I had three heads and I had to fundraise for every penny of this trip.”

The trip not only included the Norfolk Academy game, but an evening friendly against defending VHSL Class 6A champion Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.).

As for the afternoon match, Charlotte de Vries was indeed the focal point of the Conestoga attack. She scored a pair of wonder goals against Norfolk Academy — a screamer of a penalty corner and a backhand on a bouncing through ball that made it underneath the crossbar.

But that’s all that Norfolk Academy co-captains Greer Gill and Liz Heckard would allow. Gill was the flyer on the Bulldog defensive penalty corner unit, while Heckard, a central defender, picked up de Vries on several of her dangerous runs into the attack end.

“We knew that Char is an amazing player,” Gill said. “Defensively, we played amazing, trying to force the ball out before they could take a shot.

And it was in situations during open play where you would see the dynamic of respect between club teammates. de Vries would have opportunities in the attack third, but Heckard would take up a defensive position just about a yard and a half off the ball.  de Vries would wind up for a shot, but would see her club teammate in front of her and not follow through dangerously.

It is a different kind of hockey, one which is played above the shoulders.

“It’s a gift to be able to play the game the way it us supposed to be played,” Kerry de Vries said. “And against such a classy team.”

Conestoga (5-1) 1 1 — 2
Norfolk Academy (6-0) 3 3 — 6
NA: Holley Cromwell, fg, 2nd minute
NA: Lily Clarkson, fg, 5th
C: Charlotte de Vries (Grace McEvoy), pc, 16th
NA: Riley Fulmer (Grace Cornbrooks), fg, 19th
NA: Clarkson (Filmer), pc, 35th
C: de Vries, fg, 38th
NA: Fulmer (Sydney LeGuillow), fg, 51st
NA: LeGuillow, fg, 59th
Shots — C: 4; NA: 15. Saves — C: Ali Showers 9; NA: Olivia Highton 2.

POSTGAME Head coach Mary Werkheiser has been working for a decade to get to this moment: she has a smart, athletic team who not only executes, but is afraid to take on the nations best

POSTGAME Then again, it’s hard to call your VISAA Division I champion “upstarts.” They played smart and opportunistic hockey, hitting open players and taking their chances

POSTGAME In a game featuring two champions, it was the upstarts from Norfolk Academy who came out ahead thanks to smart play and interpassing, and the way that the Bulldogs defended against Charlotte de Vries

FULL TIME The horn goes with Norfolk Academy winning 6-2

58:51 NA GOAL LeGuillow is left behind the Conestoga defense and she makes them pay; NA surely has this won with a four-goal lead and under two minutes to go!

58:05 NA PC A low diagonal hurtles over the end line untouched

57:15 NA PC Fulmer saved by Ali Showers!

54:55 NA PC Fulmer pulls it wide!

54:00 NA PC Defensed by Emma McGillis; will rerack

50:13 CHS TIMEOUT

50:13 NA GOAL Sydney LeGuillow breaks open on the right wing and feathers it to Fulmer, who finishes! NA leads 5-2

47:45 NA PC Shot saved and cleared by the Conestoga defense

45:00 Gill and Heckard have been doing yeoman work on defense today against de Vries

38:30 CHS PC defended by Gill again!

37:26 NA TIMEOUT

37:26 CHS GOAL de Vries is fed a bouncing through ball and she golfs a backhand under the crossbar! Golazo! Conestoga trails by two 

34:45 NA PC and GOAL Fulmer finds Clarkson with a skip pass and she buries it; NA leads 4-1

34:15 NA PC Gill finds Clarkson in the goalmouth but cannot get her hands free

31:39 CHS PC de Vries’ shot blocked by Gill! Follow-up goes wide!

30:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME Conestoga found itself two goals adrift in under five minutes and have yet to recover; de Vries is heavily targeted on corners and has only one shot

HALFTIME The whistle goes with Norfolk Academy leading Conestoga 3-1

29:59+ NA PC Option-left spills over the end line

25:30 CHS PC de Vries with an option right, has a first shot blocked, second one is a high riser

22:59 NA PC Gill’s shot is judged to be dangerous

18:58 NA GOAL Fulmer scores off the left wing and the Bulldogs take a 3-1 lead

17:05 CHS PC 1-up defensed by Greer Gill

15:54 CHS PC AND GOAL de Vries finds the corner! The chase is joined, but NA still leads 2-1

14:05 NA PC 1-Up goes wide left

12:59 NA PC Defensed and cleared by Grace McEvoy

10:15 de Vries takes it 3-on-2 into the circle, but NA senior Liz Heckard stands her ground

6:10 de Vries makes a run into the circle but a good tackle dispossesses her

5:00 Conestoga needs possession here if they want to remain in this game

4:25 NA GOAL On the redirect, Lily Clarkson finds net! Norfolk Academy leads 2-0

3:39 NA PC Greer Gill fluffs the trap and Charlotte de Vries causes her to retreat

1:33 NA GOAL A mixup at the back leads to Holley Cromwell’s tap-in; a dream start for the hosts! NA 1, Conestoga 0

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Conestoga is in the maroon with white numbers and trim, Norfolk Academy is in the white tips, blue kilts, and orange numbers

PREGAME This game’s video is available here if you want to put this on two screens

PREGAME The teams are warming up on the Norfolk Academy turf, temperatures around 80

PREGAME Today is a bit of a homecoming for Conestoga junior attacker Charlotte de Vries. Three years ago, as an 8th-grader, she was a standout for Cape Henry Collegiate

PREGAME Norfolk Academy is the VISAA Division I champion, while Conestoga is the current PIAA District 1-AAA champion. Both teams are unbeaten

PREGAME Hello, and welcome to today’s interstate field hockey match between PIAA District 1-AAA champion Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) and VISAA champion Norfolk (Va.) Academy