Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
#1 Maryland (right) handed #5 UNC their 2nd largest loss in program history on Saturday as they beat them 7-0 and claimed the top seed in the ACC tournament as well as the regular season title.
With an OT win over Indiana, and a decisive 3-0 win over Michigan, #9 Penn State captured the Big Ten regular season title. This was confirmed when # Michigan State lost in OT to #10 Iowa.
We have one final week of regular season play before conference tournaments begin, you never know what could happen!
Yours in Sport,
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
#7 UNC was successful in their back to back games this weekend beating #13 UVA 3-0 and #6 JMU 1-0 all without their top scorer Dani Forword, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The upperclassmen on this Tar Heel team refused to back down after losing Forword as each Senior put in a goal this weekend and Junior Mel Brill added a huge defensive save in the last minute of regulation against JMU to hold onto the double win weekend.
Unranked Michigan upset #4 Michigan State 1-0 while unranked Ohio State defeated #8 Iowa 2-0. The Big Ten standings, results and schedules can be found here: http://http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/w-fieldh/stats/2008-2009/confsked.html.
Old Dominion continues to struggle this season after losing several foreign players from last years team. They are now (6-10) after losing two close matches this weekend against #2 Maryland and #5 Duke. ODU lost both games 2-1, but put up a good fight against two very strong teams.
High School field hockey teams are preparing for District and State play-offs which brings together Emmaus HS from Pennsylvania and Eastern HS from New Jersey for their annual inter-state match up. Both teams benefit from this highly competitive game without the threat of elimination heading into play-offs. Emmaus held the #1 ranking on Hockeypower.com heading into the game but Eastern came out on top thanks to a stroke by Melanie Dawson just over 10 minutes into the game. As all good teams do, Emmaus will learn more from this loss than they have learned from every win this season, hopefully earning them yet another State Championship.
Keep us posted on games in your area and best of luck to everyone still competing.
Yours in Sport,
Friday, October 17, 2008
Out in Colorado, since they have such a small group of schools that play, have already begun state play-offs. Mountain Vista, a team who only won 5 games two years ago beat the reigning state champion Cherry Creek last night in the quarter-finals. Check out the write up and take a close look at the sticks the girls are using... C:\Documents and Settings\atanner\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\OLKA4\Mountain Vista field hockey takes on Grandview High School Stories Highlands Ranch YourHub_com (2).mht
Emmaus now (19-0) won the Lehigh Valley Conference and is set to play Eastern (New Jersey) tomorrow, 10/18, in a friendly match in preparation for their respective state tournaments.
Wyoming Seminary avenged last weeks loss to Lackawanna Trail yesterday by beating them 3-0 in their league championship. See what I mean by any given day...
In college action, #1 Syracuse will host Big East rival Uconn on Saturday. I am excited to get the details on this game as these teams will no doubt bring out the best in each other.
#7 UNC will host neighbors #13 UVA and # 6 JMU in a tough back to back weekend in Chapel Hill.
Check back Monday for results!
Have a great weekend,
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Colorado begins its State play-offs on Thursday, Oct 16th, followed by NY on Oct. 23, CT on Oct 24th, and NJ on Halloween Oct. 31st.
Between Leagues and Districts Pennsylvania's Emmaus will take on New Jersey's Eastern in a classic interstate battle. The teams offer to prepare each other for the tougher battles they will face in their respective states without the elimination factor. A great idea in my opinion, what do you think? Fair? Smart? Unnecessary?
We have the most exciting month of High School Field Hockey approaching us, be sure to check back as teams battle it out to stay alive for another round.
The new Collegiate rankings were released this morning with Syracuse claiming the #1 spot with a perfect record thus far 14-0. Maryland, Wake Forest, Michigan State and Duke round out the top 5, check here for the complete rankings http://nfhca.org/.
Good Luck to all the teams competing in post season play!!
All the best,
Monday, October 13, 2008
Katie O'Donnell, Captain and University of Maryland stand out was the Tournament Top Scorer as she led the USA to an over-time victory over Chile in the final match. With the Gold Medal, USA qualifies for the 2009 BDO Jr. World Cup hosted right here at home in the USA.
Check out the US Field Hockey link for details, pictures and box scores from the entire Jr. Pan-Am Games
Syracuse (14-0), Wake Forest (12-2), Penn State (9-4) and Duke (9-4) made it thru the weekend without a loss. Syracuse embarrassed an 0-11 Georgetown team by winning 16-0 then came back on Sunday to beat American 3-1. I predict they will take over the #1 spot tomorrow (Tuesday) when the new rankings come out. What do you think? Keep in mind, #1 Maryland lost to #9 Duke 3-2 on Saturday.
#3 Wake Forest had wins over two Big Ten teams; #6 Michigan State (12-2) and Northwestern (6-9) while #13 Penn State beat #5 Iowa (11-3); 2-1 and #10 UVA (10-5); 1-0.
After losing their first games of the weekend, #1 Maryland (11-2), #4 UNC (10-3) and #5 Iowa bounced back to win on Sunday but not without leaving the rankings wide open for this week. Where do you think everyone will find themselves Tuesday morning?
Other notable wins came from #17 Drexel (11-3) who beat Old Dominion (6-7); 3-0 in a CAA match-up. This was the first win against ODU in program history for the Drexel Dragons. Keep an eye on Drexel in the second half of the season, I think they are going to surprise some good teams.
In Big Ten play, Indiana (7-6) beat Michigan (6-7); 2-1. Both teams need to pick up some wins in the next few weeks to remain a contender for Big Ten and NCAA play-offs.
For complete College Field Hockey results go to www.fieldhockeycorner.com
Check back for High School and USA Under 21 National Team Results!!
All the best,
Friday, October 10, 2008
#1 Ranked Maryland will host Duke and U Penn this weekend in efforts to maintain their spot on top. The NCAA has a blog series written by athletes from various sports and divisions. Sarah Scholl, a Senior on the Terapin Field Hockey team has been writting updates on her experiences as a student-athlete all season, check it out; http://www.ncaa.com/default.php?sid=911&id=327894.
#2 Syracuse will battle Georgetown and American University in hopes to continue their unbeaten streak. Do you think they can do it? We'll find out...
If you're in the area, try to make it out to see a game, it's always better live!
Yours in Sport,
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
In the mean time, keep spreading the word... Field Hockey is on it's way to the main stream!
The new NFHCA Div. 1 Poll was release this morning with the top 5 holding strong. http://nfhca.org/ The rankings are based on NFHCA member/coach votes and records through the previous weekend. Voting members take into account not only the win/loss record but also strength of schedule. Some of you may question why #1 Maryland (10-1) is ranked ahead of #2 Syracuse (12-0) when Syracuse infact beat Maryland this season. The answer lies within their strength of schedules. Maryland has beaten 6 ranked teams so far (#3, 9, 10, 13, 15, 20) while Syracuse has only beaten 4 (#1, 6, 11, 17). If Syracuse was to lose a game, where do you think they would fall in the rankings? It of course depends who they lose to, but keep in mind the other top 5 teams have only lost to each other, except when Iowa lost to #9 Duke. The last month of regular season should be interesting as #1 Maryland and #5 Iowa still have 3 ranked teams to play while #2 Syracuse, #3 Wake Forest and #4 UNC each have 4 ranked teams remaining in their list of things to do.
I am awaiting scores from 3 of our Undefeated High School teams (Penn Manor, Emmaus, and Wyoming Seminary), if you were able to catch the game or know the score, please update it for us!
All the best,
Monday, October 6, 2008
In collegiate action, #2 Syracuse (12-0), beat Yale to remain the only Division 1 undefeated team. They will head to Maryland this weekend to play a Big East game against Georgetown. IUP and Bowdoin also won to become the only undefeated teams in their respective divisions.
UNC won their rematch with Wake Forest, 4-3, in another classic ACC match-up.
Any comments on the games listed? Please feel free to comment!
Yours in Sport,
Friday, October 3, 2008
The following teams are currently UNDEFEATED
Tower Hill School, DE (7-0) vs. Wilmington Friends (5-2-1)
Emmaus HS, PA (13-0) vs. Owen J. Roberts (7-4)
Penn Manor HS, PA (14-0) vs. Cedar Crest
Wyoming Seminary, PA (13-0) vs. Lake Lehman
Hotchkiss, CT (5-0) vs. Northfield Mount Hermon
D1 - Syracuse (11-0)
D2 - Indiana Univ. of PA (9-0)
D3 - Bowdin (8-0), Middlebury (6-0), Johns Hopkins Univ. (9-0)