Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Greenwich, Granby Memorial and Darien win titles in Connecticut field hockey

The Connectict Interscholastic Athletic Conference field hockey tournament was so competitive in the Class L bracket this year that of the six previous state playoff games involving finalists Greenwich and Pomperaug, not a single one was decided by more than one goal. So it was only fitting that these powerhouses would play one more thriller, with Storm Kodde's second goal of the game with 8:30 remaining proved to be the difference as Greenwich claimed the Class L title with a 2-1 victory on Nov. 21. Read more at NewsTimes.com.

Granby Memorial High School beat Lewis Mills 3-1 to reclaim the Class S CIAC championship after reaching the finals last year and winning it all in 2007. "I think we just peaked at the right time,” said Granby coach Sandy Wickman-Mason of the Nov. 21 victory. Read more at the Register Citizen.

CLASS M: Top-seeded Darien blanked New Canaan on Nov. 21 for its third straight CIAC Class M title. Sophie Doering scored two goals, Sam Johnston scored the other and Aimee Rich had eight saves for unbeaten Darien.

Greene, Lakeland, Bronxville claim field hockey state titles in New York

Greene High School coach Sue Carlin jumped for joy on the sidelines, hugging her assistants as her field hockey squad won its first state title since 2002. The Trojans made senior Erin Smith's first-half goal stand up as they beat Mamaroneck, 1-0, for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A Championship on Nov. 21. Read more at PressConnects.com.

The Maine-Endwell field hockey team made only a few mistakes, but they proved costly in a 2-0 loss to Lakeland High School in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B Championship on Nov. 21. Read more at PressConnects.com.

CLASS C: The Bronxville High School squad tipped Putnam Valley High field hockey team 3-2 in an overtime thriller on Nov. 21 to claim the Class C Championship.

Acton-Boxborough, Watertown claim high school field hockey titles in Massachusetts

The Acton-Boxborough field hockey team ended the decade the way it began it, by winning an MIAA Division 1 state high school title. The Colonials secured their second Massachusetts championship in three years and their third of the decade with a 3-0 victory over Longmeadow on Nov. 21. A-B finished the season as the only unbeaten, untied field hockey team in the state. The win in the finals was the team’s 21st shutout of the season. Read more at Wicked Local.

The final minutes of the Massachusetts Division 2 state championship field hockey game were so intense, the teams didn’t even know at first when it was over. But then the Watertown High School erupted in celebration after their 1-0 triumph over Central champion Oakmont. Read more at Wicked Local.-

Monday, November 23, 2009

Lower Dauphin, Lehighton claim high school field hockey titles in Pennsylvania

The Hershey High School field hockey team had two penalty corners with no time left on the clock, but they couldn't convert against Lower Dauphin, which claimed the PIAA-AAA championship 1-0 on Nov. 21. The win wasn't just notable for the Pennsylvania state championship: it also gave Lower Dauphin coach Linda Kreiser her four state title and an unforgettable 600th career win. Read more at PennLive.com.

Senior captain Corrine McConville converted a penalty stroke in overtime to give Lehighton High School a 1-0 field hockey victory over Selinsgrove Nov. 21 in the PIAA-AA field hockey state championship. McConville flicked her shot to the right corner then dropped to her knees on the turf as Indians' players and coaches sprinted from the sidelines to celebrate a perfect 26-0 season. Read more at the Morning Call.

Eastern captures T of C in New Jersey field hockey as they roll over Shore Regional

Call the Eastern High School field hockey program whatever you like, but make sure champions is in the list of adjectives. In Sunday's NJSIAA/Schuylkill Valley Sports Tournament of Champions final, Eastern roared to an 8-2 victory over Shore Regional for its third T of C crown in four years. The powerhouse from South Jersey also boosted its record against New Jersey competition to 255-2-5 since 1999, and its playoff log to a staggering 57-1 during the same period. Read more at NJ.com.

Tar Heels claim 6th NCAA field hockey title as late rally shocks unbeaten Maryland

The University of North Carolina stunned top-seeded and previously unbeaten Maryland by rallying to a dramatic 3-2 victory in Sunday's NCAA field hockey championship. The defending national champion Terrapins (23-1) did not trail until the game's final seconds and had a one-goal advantage in the waning minutes. But North Carolina (20-2) removed its goalie with just less than eight minutes remaining, scored a game-tying goal with 4 minutes 45 seconds left and the game-winner with 11.7 seconds left. Read more in the Washington Post. Check out the NCAA's interactive brackets to see results for the entire tournament

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lower Dauphin keeps upsets rolling, reach Pennsylvania 3A field hockey title game

Lightning struck twice in the past week in Pennsylvania, as two District 11 Class 3A field hockey teams ended their season to a six-loss team from District 3's Mid-Penn Conference. On Tuesday, Parkland's season ended in a 3-1 loss to Lower Dauphin. On Saturday, Emmaus had its undefeated season ruined in a 1-0 loss to Hershey. So now Lower Dauphin will face Hershey for the state championship Saturday. Read more about the upsets at the Morning Call.

Read about state champions in New Jersey, Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

New York state field hockey tournament semifinals, finals this weekend

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association field hockey tournament returns to Section 4 for the first time in 15 years Friday, and for just the fifth time since the tournament started, the section has a final-four team in each bracket. Greene (Class A), Maine-Endwell (Class B) and Marathon (Class C) are scheduled to play semifinal games on Friday. Winners advance to a final on Saturday. Learn more about the matchups at PressConnects.com.

Acton-Boxborough reaches Massachusetts Division 1 field hockey title game

The Acton-Boxborough High School field hockey team advanced to the MIAA Division 1 state finals with a 1-0 victory over Walpole Wednesday. Undefeated A-B will play for its second Massachusetts state title in three years and its third of the decade Saturday against Longmeadow at Worcester State College. The last time the Colonials won the state championship was in 2007. Learn more about the team's semifinal win and the upcoming game at Wicked Local.

Read about state champions in New Jersey, Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Shore Regional advances to T of C title game in New Jersey, now will face Eastern

Undefeated Shore Regional advanced to its first Tournament of Champions final with a 4-2 victory over Madison on Wednesday in New Jersey. Their reward? A matchup with powerhouse Eastern, which leveled Ocean City 9-1 in the other semifinal. Read more about the games and learn about the T of C title game on Sunday at NJ.com.

Read about state champions in New Jersey, Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tabb High School rolls to AA/A Virginia field hockey title in record-setting fashion

The players on the James Monroe High School field hockey team thought they played better in Tuesday's Group AA/A Virginia state final against Tabb High School when compared to a 2-0 loss earlier this month in the Region I championship. But the result was the same: a 5-0 win for the defending champs, who outscored opponents 162-2 this year, setting a state record for all classifications for season scoring margin. Read more in the Free-Lance Star.

Read about state champions in New Jersey, Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Frank R. Cox High School rolls to its fourth straight AAA Virginia field hockey title

Five players, including seniors Stephanie DeMasi, Taylor Rhea, Kelsey Rosenmeier and Cara Witte, had a goal apiece, and Frank R. Cox High School secured its fourth straight Group AAA Virginia state field hockey title, with a 5-0 win Tuesday night over Mountain View under the bright lights at the National Training Center. Read more at HamptonRoads.com.

Read about state champions in New Jersey, Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Lewis-Mills (Conn.) in title game against Granby; Darien faces New Canaan

Call it a lost night for Haddam-Killingworth, which saw two of its top players (including its captain) injured in a freak pre-game accident and then lost 2-0 to top-seeded Lewis-Mills on Tuesday in Connecticut's Class S field hockey semifinals.The undefeated Spartans now will face Granby, a 5-0 winner over North Branford, in Saturday’s championship game. Read more in the Republican-American.

Darien High School overcame a furious start by underdog Daniel Hand of Madison to win 3-1 in the Class M state tournament on Tuesday night. The Blue Wave, the tournament's top seed, will face a familiar FCIAC foe, New Canaan, as it goes for its third straight state crown in the title game Saturday. Read more at the Stamford Advocate.

Read about state champions in New Jersey, Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tournament of Champions high school field hockey seedings released in New Jersey

To no one's surprise, Eastern was awarded the top seed for the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions field hockey finale in New Jersey, which begins Wednesday at Hunterdon Central High in Flemington. Find out the other seeds, game times and more at NJ.com.

Read about state champions in Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Mountain View, Frank W. Cox ready to play for Virginia AAA field hockey title

Mountain View High School converted a penalty corner with less than a minute to play, lifting the Wildcats to a 2-1 win Monday in a Virginia AAA field hockey semifinal against Lakeland. It was about time: Mountain View had been unsuccessful on its first six penalty corners. In the other semifinal, Frank W. Cox High School was an easy 9-0 winner over South County. Find out more about the games and tonight's final at the Washington Post.

Read about state champions in Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Semifinal action in Connecticut field hockey

The semifinals in all classes of Connecticut high school field hockey will be played Tuesday and Wednesday. Find out more about the various matchups (Pomperaug vs. Glastonbury, Farmington vs. Greenwich and more) by visiting Courant.com.

Read about state champions in Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ocean City, Madison, Shore Regional claim state field hockey titles in New Jersey

New Jersey powerhouse Eastern won its 11th straight NJSIAA/Schuylkill Valley Sports Group 4 title on Sunday (Read more). Here is a look at winners in the other classes.

GROUP 3: Colleen Slaughter scored on a penalty stroke in overtime to send Ocean City past Warren Hills, 2-1, for the NJSIAA/Schuylkill Valley Sports Group 3 title. The title was Ocean City's seventh overall and first since 2005. Read more at NJ.com.

GROUP 2: Chelsea Davies scored two goals as Madison earned a 3-1 victory over Bishop Eustace in the NJSIAA/Schuylkill Valley Sports Group 2 final. The state title was the fourth overall and first since 2003 for Madison (22-1-1), which won its eighth consecutive game and stretched its unbeaten streak to 15. Read more at NJ.com.

GROUP 1: Shore Regional rolled to its first title in seven years, scoring early and often in a 7-0 victory over Holy Cross in the championship game of the NJSIAA/Schuylkill Valley Sports Group 1 tournament. The championship was the 11th overall for Shore and first since the school from West Long Branch won the Group 1 title in 2002. Read more at NJ.com.

Eastern whips Bridgewater-Raritan for 11th straight Group 4 title in New Jersey

Give Bridgewater-Raritan a lot of credit: they've reached the Group 4 final in New Jersey field hockey five straight years, this time with the best record in school history. It's not their fault they ran into Eastern in the finals for the fifth straight time on Sunday. It was their downfall, though, as Eastern rolled to its 11th consecutive NJSIAA/Schuylkill state Group 4 championship (14th overall) with a 6-1 victory. Read more at NJ.com.

Take a look at the winners in Group 3, 2 and 1.

Read about state champions in Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Severna Park rallies to win its 19th Maryland state field hockey championship

The Severna Park field hockey team might fall behind, but they never give up. So even though the most successful field hockey program in Maryland let Westminster get ahead in Saturday's state championship, they weren't done. "When we go down a goal, it's like, 'What are we doing? We have to score. We can't lose in the state championship!' " Falcons senior Jaclyn Anspach told the Washington Post. Indeed, Anspach's game-winner with 1 minute 42 seconds remaining gave the Falcons a 19th championship. Read more in the Washington Post.

Maryland crowns high school field hockey champs in Class 3A, 2A and 1A

Here's a roundup of the champions in three classes of Maryland high school field hockey.
  • CLASS 3A: Senior Taylor Cummins scored early and Hereford High School held on for a 1-0 victory over Blake. It was the Bulls' sixth championship and its first since 2006. Read more at the Baltimore Sun.
  • CLASS 2A: Fallston, which lost its first three games of the season, completed a 13-game undefeated run with a 3-2 win over Century in the 2A state final, the school's third straight championship Champs. Read more.
  • CLASS 1A: The Pocomoke Warriors got three goals from junior midfielder Taylor West on Saturday to key a 5-1 victory in the Class 1A state championship over Bohemia Manor. It was Pocomoke's 17th state championship and its seventh in a row. Read more.

Selinsgrove wins a thriller to reach semis in PIAA field hockey tournament

Selinsgrove (Pa.) High School field hockey team survived its toughest test of the season on Saturday, using Ashley Youngman's overtime goal to gain a dramatic 2-1 victory over Archbishop Carroll in a PIAA quarterfinal. That puts Selinsgrove in the state semifinals for the second time in four years, where they take on Donegal, a 5-1 winner over Indian Valley, on Tuesday. Read more at the Daily Item.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Maryland, Princeton, Virginia, N. Carolina advance to final four in NCAA field hockey

The opening weekend of the 2009 NCAA Division I Field Hockey playoffs served up plenty of good action, but ultimately no surprises, as the top seeds all advanced to the semifinals. Defending champion Maryland, as well as Virginia, North Carolina and Princeton reached the final four.

The Terrapins advanced in a breeze, whipping American 6-1 and Drexel 5-0. They'll next face Princeton, 4-0 winners over Stanford and 7-3 victors over Syracuse. Virginia blanked Richmond 3-0, but had to work overtime to get past Michigan State 3-2. They'll match up next against North Carolina, twice winners by a 4-1 margin over Ohio State and then Wake Forest.

The semifinals will be played Friday, followed by the championship game Nov. 22, at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Want to follow online? Use this interactive bracket.

Friday, November 13, 2009

New Jersey state group championships set

After a fast and furious day of high school field hockey in New Jersey, we now know who's going to play for the title in each group. But before we go to the championship games, take a look back at matchups between Bridgewater-Raritan and Randolph, Eastern and Freehold Township; Madison and Summit, Warren Hills and Wayne Hills; Shore Regional and Pompton Lakes; Ocean City and Wall; Bishop Eustace and West Deptford, Holy Cross and Schalick. Go to NJ.com for recaps of all those games.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Darien works double-time to reach semis in Connecticut Class M tournament

After making easy work of their first round opponents, both Darien and Wilton had to dig deeper in Thursday's Class M quarterfinal game. Darien's Blue Wave needed double-overtime to punch their ticket to the semifinals, winning a thrilling 1-0 decision over the Warriors. Next up for Darien on the road to winning its third-straight championship: the Tigers of Daniel Hand, who beat Nonnewaug 3-1 in the quarterfinals. Read more at the Greenwich Time.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ward-Melville tips Smithtown East, claims Suffolk Class A field hockey title

It was easy, said Becca Arent. "I had my stick down in position and it deflected right off me," the forward said of the only goal in the game between Ward Melville and Smithtown East. Sometimes easy is enough, as the 1-0 victory allowed Ward Melville on Wednesday to claim the Suffolk Class A field hockey title for the third straight year. They'll now face Massapequa, the Nassau Class A champion, in Saturday's Long Island championship. Read more at Newsday.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Kodde keeps Greenwich field hockey season alive

Senior Storm Kodde isn't done yet. The captain scored twice to lead Greenwich (Conn.) High School to a 2-1 victory Wednesday over Norwalk in the first round of the CIAC Class L Tournament. But there's little time to celebrate. Greenwich, which advanced to the Class L semifinals a year ago, will visit top-seeded Simsbury in Friday's quarterfinals. Read more about how both teams advanced in the Stamford Advocate.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

South Jersey field hockey semifinals today

The South Jersey state high school field hockey semifinals go into high gear today. Eastern plays Freehold Township, Ocean City matches up with Wall Township, Bishop Eustace gets West Deptford and Schalick tangles with with Holy Cross. The winners will play Sunday. Get details about today's matchups at Inquirer.com.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Maryland, Virginia, N. Carolina, Princeton top seeds in NCAA field hockey tournament

The 2009 NCAA Division I Field Hockey playoff brackets were announced on Tuesday. The top four seeds in the field of 16 are: defending champion Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Princeton. Games begin on Sat. Nov. 14 with the championship game set for Nov. 22 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Need a bracket? Here's a printable one or follow the tournament on this interactive bracket.

Powerhouses Emmaus, Lehighton remain on playoff crash course in Pennsylvania

Unbeaten Emmaus slipped past Pennsbury, 2-1, in a first-round PIAA Class 2A field hockey playoff opener Tuesday at Whitehall (Pa.) High School. Lehighton star Abby Frey made the pass that led to the game's only goal in a 1-0 overtime victory over Lancaster Mennonite in the early game of the playoff doubleheader. Find out more about the games and who the undefeated teams will face in Saturday's quarterfinals by going to the Morning Call.

Read about field hockey state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Eastern blanks Washington Township to win South Jersey Group 4 field hockey title

Eastern High School has won 10 straight state Group 4 titles, but you would never know it by the enthusiasm senior Jaclyn Beasley and her teammates showed Tuesday after defeating Washington Township, 3-0, for the South Jersey Group 4 championship. "We're in a zone right now," Beasley said. Now the Vikings move into the Group 4 semifinals against Freehold Township. Read more about the game and the impending matchup at Inquirer.com.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Long layoff no problem as Archbishop Carroll blanks Sacred Heart in PIAA playoffs

The Archbishop Carroll field hockey team hadn't played a game in two weeks as it stepped on the field Tuesday against Sacred Heart in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs at Germantown, Pa. Turns out the layoff didn't hurt. Just more than two minutes into the game, Meg McKee put the Patriots on the scoreboard and they went on to score a 3-0 victory. Read more about the game and Carroll's next opponent at Inquirer.com.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Same matchup, same result: Ocean City ousts Kingsway in South Jersey field hockey

Kingsway Regional playing Ocean City in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III high school field hockey championship has become sort of a tradition in recent years. Just not a happy one for the Dragons, who seem to annually watch their opponent claim the sectional crown. That was the case again Tuesday in New Jersey, where Ocean City dealt the Dragons their third straight final defeat, 2-0. Read more at NJ.com.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

East Chapel Hill works overtime for North Carolina Field Hockey Association title

East Chapel Hill High School defended their North Carolina Field Hockey Association championship with a thrilling double-overtime victory over Chapel Hill High School. The teams, which had split regular season games, also faced off in last year's title game. After the Nov. 7 championship game ended in a 0-0 tie, the teams played a scoreless first overtime. Then, with less than two minutes left in the second sudden victory overtime, East Chapel Hill’s Katie Walter passed to Helen Newton, whose shot rebounded to Sophie Laas-Nesbitt, who then scored the game-winner. The Wildcats have now won six of the past nine titles. East Chapel Hill’s first year head coach Susan Taylor was named coach of the year. Earlier in the day, West Forsyth High School tipped Asheville High School 1-0 in overtime for third place.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

West Deptford defense throttles Holy Spirit to win South Jersey Group 2 final

Top-seeded West Deptford High School was simply stifling against No. 2 seed Holy Spirit in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II field hockey final on Monday, cruising to a 4-2 victory for the Eagles' first sectional title since 2003. "We weren't going to give it up today. (A 1-0 loss to Haddonfield in last year's final) was devastating and we didn't want to feel that again," said Eagles junior defender Amy Kinkler. The area's leading scorer, Jamie Robinson, scored the first two goals of the game. Read more about the game and see who West Deptford will meet in the semis at NJ.com.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Shore blanks nemesis Oak Knoll to reach field hockey semifinals in New Jersey

Even though Shore Regional had been eliminated from the New Jersey state field hockey tournament by Oak Knoll the past two seasons, Shore's players weren't wary of meeting them this year. "We were excited to get another chance to play them," said senior Brenna Rescigno. So now they must be REALLY excited: led by first-half goals from Rescigno and Aileen Johnson, Shore won a 2-0 decision Monday in the championship game of the NJSIAA/Schuykill Valley Sports North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament. Oak Knoll had won the last three Group 1 state finals. Read more at NJ.com.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Finalists set for state titles in Maryland 3A, 4A divisions

Blake High School whipped Northern 6-0 Monday night in the Maryland 3A field hockey state semifinals, keyed by Justine Allen's four goals. The Bengals, who have never won a state title, will play in Saturday's state championship game at Washington College against Hereford, which defeated Mount Hebron, 4-1. Severna Park rolled to a 5-0 victory over Dulaney in the 4A semifinals, lifting the four-time defending state champion Falcons into their 24th state final on Saturday against Westminster, a 4-0 winner over Paint Branch. Read more in the Washington Post.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Terps win ACC tourney, remain unbeaten in bid to repeat as field hockey champs

It wasn't easy, but Maryland prevailed in overtime, 3-2, over a determined University of Virginia squad on Sunday to claim the ACC Tournament. The win kept the Terrapins undefeated and very much in the hunt for back-to-back national championships in field hockey. Read more about the game and find out when NCAA tourney pairings will be announced at Maryland Field Hockey.

Slideshow tells the tale of dramatic field hockey faceoff in Maryland playoffs

Check out this great slideshow from Severna Park's dramatic 4-3 win over South River in a field hockey battle last Thursday for Maryland's Class 4A East Region title. Goalie Ashley Dalisera stopped a right-side shot to seal the 4-3, penalty-stroke victory to give the team its 26th region title and kept alive its hopes of a fifth consecutive title and 19th since 1979. Read more.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

Villa Maria rolls with big win over Sacred Heart for district title in Philadelphia

Villa Maria's fourth win of the season over Sacred Heart in field hockey turned out to be the most important one of the season, a 4-0 verdict for the District 1 Class AA championship in Philadelphia on Saturday. The teams went into the second half scoreless, but Caroline Troncelliti and Marie Elena Bolles keyed the Hurricanes' big second half. Read more about this game and others at Inquirer.com.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Eastern looks at home in playoff rout, even though they weren't at home

Turns out, it doesn’t really matter what kind of surface the Eastern Regional High School field hockey team plays on. The 10-time defending state Group IV champion and third-seeded Vikings weren’t home on their artificial turf, but they looked just as potent on grass as they breeezed to a 10-0 win over Clearview in an NSJIAA South Jersey Group IV semifinal playoff game Saturday. Read more at NJ.com.

How does your high school team rank in your state? Nationally? Go to HockeyPower and find out.

Semi-finals to be held on Friday in NCAA Division II field hockey tourney

The semifinals are set for the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championships at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. On Friday (Nov. 13): #2 Shippensburg (20-2) vs. #1 Bloomsburg (20-1); #3 UMass Lowell (17-5) at #1 Stonehill (17-4), 5 p.m. The winners play Sunday. Read more.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Branco sets school scoring record in playoff rout of Mainland in N.J.

You might say Courtney Branco's on a roll. The junior at Clearview Regional High School in New Jersey scored four goals to help the No. 2 seed Pioneers crush seventh-seeded Mainland 10-1 in a South Jersey Group IV field hockey quarterfinal on Thursday. That gives her a career total of 55 — two more than the previous school mark. Read more at NJ.com.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog. How does your high school team rank in your state? Nationally? Go to HockeyPower and find out.

Darien defies the elements to win its third straight field hockey league championship

Not even a steady rain could stop Darien on Thursday at New Canaan High School in the FCIAC field hockey finals, where Darien won 3-0 to earn its third straight league title, a stretch during which the Connecticut team has compiled a 56-3-1 record. Read more at the Stamford Advocate.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog. How does your high school team rank in your state? Nationally? Go to HockeyPower and find out.

Severna Park back in Maryland state field hockey semifinals once again

Severna Park is going to its 19th state semifinal next week, but with 16:14 left to play in the Class 4A East regional final Thursday night at South River, the Falcons faced a two-goal deficit. But Severna rallied to tie the score at 3 in regulation and then win on penalty strokes, 3-2, after two scoreless overtimes. Read more and find out who they'll play on Monday in the Baltimore Sun.

Read about state champions in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kent Denver earns 8th Colorado field hockey title by blanking Denver East

Kent Denver's red-hot defense clamped down on Denver East, while the offense managed goals in both halves, as the Sun Devils topped the Angels 2-0 on Wednesday to claim its eight Colorado state title. Jesse Burke scored a first-half goal on a perfect crossing pass from Molly Coates and Lucy Dikeou added an insurance goal in the second half on a penalty corner pass from Lizzie Strazza for Kent, which won all three of its playoff games by a 2-0 margin. Read more in the Denver Post.

Read about state champions in Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

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Canton (Ohio) High School wraps up league field hockey title in season finale

For the second time in as many seasons, the Canton High School field hockey team took to the field in its regular season finale with league title aspirations on the line. But unlike last year, when the Bulldogs had to settle for second place after playing to a disappointing 1-1 draw, this year’s squad got it done, beating defending champion King Philip 1-0 Monday on senior night to clinch the Hockomock title outright. Learn more at the Canton Citizen.

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First-year coach stays cool as Shady Side (Pa.) wins league title in overtime

First-year varsity head coach Erin McConnel felt the pressure when her Shady Side (Pa.) Academy team went to overtime against The Ellis School with a WPIAL field hockey championship on the line Monday. "I mean, your mind was just going so fast," said McConnel. Turns out, McConnel knew what to do as her team prevailed. Find out how at the Post Gazette online.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Voorhees blanks Johnson in sectional quarterfinals in New Jersey

The Voorhees (N.J.) High School field hockey team had their hands full against defending sectional champion Johnson High School in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 quarterfinals. But the Hunterdon County school responded in championship fashion as senior forward Ally Patane scored with 13:43 left to play for a 1-0 victory. Read more at NJ.com.

Read about field hockey state champions in Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

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Late goal sends New Canaan into FCIAC tourney final against unbeaten Darien

Caroline Falcone of New Canaan (Conn.) scored a goal off a penalty corner with just 1 minute, 10 seconds remaining to give the second-seeded Rams an exhilarating 2-1 triumph on Tuesday over third-seeded Greenwich. New Canaan's win moves them into the championship game of the FCIAC Tournament where they will face two-time defending league champion Darien. Read more at Greenwichtime.com.

Read about state champions in Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine on the HockeyPower blog.

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Halftime pep talk launches Villa Maria drubbing of Springfield-Montco

Villa Maria (Penn.) Academy field hockey coach Maurene Polley didn't go into specifics about her halftime speech, after her top-rated team found itself down by a goal at halftime in Tuesday's District 1 Class AA semifinal game against Springfield-Montco. She did allow as how it was "fiery." Must have been: the 18-1 Hurricanes, led by Caroline Troncelliti's second hat trick in as many games, exploded for all of their scores in the second half en route to a 6-1 win over the No. 4 seeded Spartans. Read more at the Inquirer.com.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

South Brunswick goalie leaves East Brunswick fit to be tied in N.J. field hockey

East Brunswick unleashed 20 shots in an offensive onslaught Monday against South Brunswick, but ran into a brick wall goalkeeper in Grace Troccoli. The result? A scoreless tie before 300 in the championship game of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament at East Brunswick, N.J. After playing two 10-minute overtimes, the teams were declared co-champions. Read more at NJ.com.

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Hopkinton stepping up in Massachusetts as field hockey playoffs get started

The Hopkinton (Mass.) High School field hockey team will not be in position to defend its title. Instead, the Division 2 state champion a year ago jumps to the Division 1 tourney this fall. The undefeated Hillers enter as the No. 2 seed behind only perennial-power Walpole, also undefeated. The state's defending Division 1 champion, Weston, returns as strong as ever. Read more at WickedLocal.

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Kent Denver, Denver East reach title game for Colorado field hockey bragging rights

Colorado's state field hockey championship game will provide a classic matchup: the longtime power against the upstart program. That result was secured on Monday with victories by top-seeded Kent Denver, the dominant team in state field hockey, and Denver East, which had never won a playoff game before this year.

Kent reached the final game by blanking Colorado Academy 2-0, avenging an earlier loss this season. Jessie Burke and Krista D'Allesandro scored for Kent. East won a thriller over Smoky Hill on strokes after two overtimes failed to snap a 2-2 tie. The championship game will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Burt.com Stadium in Parker. Read more in the Denver Post.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Ann Arbor Pioneer beats rival Huron for fifth straight Michigan field hockey title

Emy Guttman netted two goals as Ann Arbor Pioneer beat cross-town rival Ann Arbor Huron 2-0 to win the Michigan High School Field Hockey Association title on Oct. 31. The win gave Pioneer its 21st championship in program history and fifth in a row. Early on it looked like Huron would be able to dethrone the Pioneers, as the River Rats outshot the four-time defending state champs 11-1 in the first half. But Pioneer goalkeeper Emma Hamstra refused to give in. Read more at MLive.com. Get all tournament results by checking out the state bracket.

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Assumption endures to tip Collegiate on strokes, win Kentucky field hockey title

Assumption field hockey coach Debbie Judd knew there was one thing she could count on from her team: the Rockets' proficiency in penalty strokes. Good thing, because that's what it took for Assumption to beat Collegiate to win the Kentucky state high school championship in field hockey. After the final went to flicks after regulation ended 1-1 and the teams played a scoreless, seven-on-seven, 10-minute overtime period, Assumption prevailed 3-2 in strokes for a 2-1 victory at Bellarmine University on Oct. 29. Read more at the Courier Journal.

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Charlotte Country Day School dodges a bullet in semis, wins state in North Carolina

Charlotte Country Day School, which reached the finals after surviving a semifinals scare, won the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association field hockey tournament on Oct. 31 with a 1-0 win over previously undefeated Charlotte Latin School.

Friday's semifinals saw Latin blank Ravenscroft School 2-0, but Country Day barely got past third-seeded Durham Academy on the other side of the bracket, winning 1-0 on sudden death strokes. Read more about the games and meet the all-state team at CharlotteObserver.com.

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Skowhegan bid for ninth straight title in Maine stopped by Scarborough


The Skowhegan High School field hockey dynasty felt like it lasted forever, and then it was over after Scarborough's Ellie Morin scored in overtime of Saturday's Maine Class A state championship game in Yarmouth to secure a 2-1 win over the Indians. The loss marked the first time since 2000 that Skowhegan did not win the Class A state title. "You never know what it will feel like until you have it, and it's overwhelming," said Scarborough coach Kerry Mariello, whose team has 13 seniors. Read more at the Kennebec Journal.

Gardiner knocked off York 2-0 in Saturday's Maine Class B field hockey state championship game, the first state title for the Tigers since 1987. Naturally, they were given the royal treatment on their way back into Gardiner. "We got back to the interstate in Gardiner, and we were met by a first police cruiser," Gardiner assistant coach Sharon Gallant told the Kennebec Journal. "At the middle school we picked up a second police cruiser and a fire truck from Pittston. We paraded past the high school and downtown." "We were all cheering," Gardiner senior forward Kashley Weymouth said. "It was really fun. I probably won't forget it. I don't think any of us will." Read more at the Kennebec Journal.

Catherina Mountain scored with 2:07 remaining to lift Dexter High to a 1-0 upset of previously-undefeated and defending champion North Yarmouth Academy Saturday in Maine's Class C state championship field hockey game. The win gave Dexter its first state championship since 2003. Read more.

New Trier East beats the elements to win high school field hockey title in Illinois

New Trier East survived the elements over the weekend to claim the championship in the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association state tournament. The Trevians tipped top-seeded Lake Forest 1-0 in the title game on Saturday at Illinois Benedictine University in Lisle. It wasn't easy getting there: New Trier won its semi-final match in a driving rainstorm 1-0 in overtime over Oak Park-River Forest; Lake Forest blanked Glenbard West 2-0 in the other semifinal. Read more about the semifinal game at PioneerLocal.

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Mainland a first-round winner in New Jersey field hockey state tournament

Senior Ashlyn Cook scored her first three goals of the season, helping seventh-seeded Mainland outlast 10th-seeded Williamstown, 6-4, Friday in the opening round of the New Jersey SIAA South Jersey Group 4 field hockey tournament. Learn more about this game and other playoff action at Philly.com.

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Timberlane wins New Hampshire Class L field hockey title in OT

Timberlane (N.H.) High School senior Emily Cannon scored on a reverse sweep Saturday to give the top-seeded Owls a 3-2 victory over third-seeded Pinkerton, earning Timberlane its first New Hampshire Class L field hockey title. Timberlane had tipped Exeter 1-0 to reach the semifinal, while Pinkerton blanked Winnacunnet High School 1-0. Get more details at SeaCoastOnline.

In other New Hampshire action, Oyster River High School had a goal waved off in the second half of the Class I championship game, leaving them on a short end of a 1-0 loss to Hanover, which won its first title since 1988.

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Harwich (Mass.) field hockey coach reaches 600th victory of her 40-year career

Harwich (Mass.) High School field hockey coach Cheryl Poore recorded victory No. 600 on Friday when her Rough Riders edged previously unbeaten Dennis-Yarmouth, 1-0 . Poore, who has seen her fair share of games over 40 years of coaching, was impressed by the game: "In my long history, it's at least in the top five." But it wasn't just about Poore: her team also is well positioned for the division tournament. Find out more at CapeCodOnline.

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