The Top 50 American scholastic field hockey teams of 2003


After loads of research, stacks of paper, and deliberations in the office, our list is complete, including a few "Bear In Mind" candidates that should not be forgotten.

Our list includes, as per usual, as many champions as we can stick on it; like the USA Today football, this site consults with a network of writers, considering quality of competition in the state or league, the quality of individual talent, and, when all else fails, gut feeling.

Of course, to make the compilation of these kinds of surveys easier in the future, I hope to see school athletic directors and state athletic bodies allow field hockey teams to create challenging non-league schedules and to foster more inter-state competition instead of throwing up roadblocks.

School State Record Notes
1 Voorhees Eastern NJ 23-0-1 Federation-record unbeaten streak now at 114
2 Kingston Wyoming Valley West PA 20-1-1 Got OT goal to best Hummelstown Lower Dauphin
3 Marathon NY 23-0 Winning streak presently at 68
4 Mountain Top Crestwood PA 22-3 Elvetta Gemski's crew part of impressive District 2 sweep
5 San Diego Scripps Ranch CA 25-0 Exner's 67 shutouts now a national record
6 Wilmington Tower Hill DE 20-0 Team now has 14 state championships
7 St. Louis St. Josephs Academy MO 18-3-1 Defense, OT goal bests John Burroughs
8 Richmond Collegiate VA 20-0 6-0 win over Midlothian James River made a statement
9 Moorestown NJ 20-0-2 OT win gives Quakers 14th state title
10 Fairfax W.T. Woodson VA 21-1-1 First Northern Virginia team to win AAA in 15 years
11 Dedham MA 23-0-1 Got by Smith Academy in state final
12 Hummelstown Lower Dauphin PA 26-2 HOF coach Kreiser couldn't win third title
13 Severna Park MD 18-1 Seized 3A title game before 23 minutes elapsed
14 Durham Academy NC 17-1 Won championship with victory over CCDS
15 Worcester Notre Dame Academy MA 22-1-1 Dominant throughout Division II playoffs
16 Gahanna Columbus Academy OH 18-1-1 Bested Toledo Ottawa Hills in final
17 Oley Valley PA 26-3-1 Late OT break leaves Lynx wanting
18 Lakeville Hotchkiss School CT 19-0 Dominant force in Western New England prep league
19 East Chapel Hill NC 14-1 Spearheading growth of the sport in Carolinas
20 Emmaus PA 22-4-1 Young team almost made it to AAA final
21 Rye NY 23-2 Great tactical team won "B" title
22 Dexter ME 18-0 Viazie's retirement a threat to 63-game win streak?
23 North Salem NY 16-3-2 Gave Marathon all it could handle in B title game
24 Oak Park River Forest IL 19-2-4 Did the necessary things to win states
25 Skowhegan ME 16-0 Thumped Portland Deering 5-0 in final
26 Madison NJ 21-3 Got by Allentown 2-1 in Group II final
27 Ann Arbor Pioneer MI 17-2-4 Bested Huron for state title
28 Martinsville Pingry School NJ 19-3-2 Won Group I title game without goal in the run of play
29 Mountain View St. Francis CA 16-2-1 Jenna Long a key in first Central Coast crown
30 Salem NH 16-0-1 Edged Timberlane in Class L final
31 Allentown NJ 20-2 With just four seniors, a threat for 2004
32 Hartford VT 15-2 Took Division I title with great passing team
33 Louisville Assumption KY 24-0 Strong senior class brought second straight title
34 Washington Warren Hills NJ 17-5-1 Gave Moorestown a tremendous match
35 Pomperaug CT 20-0 Outlasted Guilford 1-0 in Class L final
36 St. Louis John Burroughs MO 20-4 Deserved a better fate
37 Shrub Oak Lakeland NY 22-2-1 Danielle Fiore the power on the circle
38 Carlsbad La Costa Canyon CA 20-5 Topped Rancho Buena Vista in Division I final
39 New Egypt NY 15-1-3 What do Warriors have for an encore?
40 Silver Spring Springbrook MD 15-2 OT result vindicates area youth development programs
41 Branford CT 17-0-2 Terrorized all other Class M opposition
42 Woolwich Kingsway NJ 20-1-3 Draw with Eastern snapped win Vikings' win streak at 92
43 Englewood Kent Denver CO 17-0 Won title 1-0 over Greenwood Village Cherry Creek
44 North Kingstown RI 16-1-2 Skippers bested Lincoln for Division I title
45 Oklahoma City Casady OK 14-1 Took SPL title in 1-v-1 shootout from the 25
46 Dover St. Thomas Aquinas NH 14-1 Faced 24-round penalty corner tiebreaker in tournament
47 South Kingstown RI 16-3-1 Upset Woonsocket 1-0 in overtime of Division II championship
48 Mount Abraham Union VT 12-1-4 Got it done with perseverance
49 Newport Beach Newport Harbor CA 20-1 Beat favored Harvard-Westlake with late goals
50 Woonsocket RI 18-2 First title match in 26-year history of team

AND BEAR IN MIND: Virginia Beach Princess Anne (Va.) 14-5-2, Palmyra (Pa.) 21-4, Flemington Hunterdon Central (N.J.) 21-2-1, Greenwich (Conn.) Academy 15-2, Wissahickon (Pa.) 20-3-1, Granby (Conn.) Memorial 12-5-1, Lawrenceville (N.J.) 14-3, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.) 19-3, Radnor Archbishop Carroll 13-4-1, St. Louis Lafayette (Mo.) 21-4, Philadelphia Germantown Friends School (Pa.) 8-6-3, The Episcopal School of Houston (Texas) 10-4, Concord Middlesex School (Mass.) 13-0-3, Philadelphia George Washington (Pa.) 14-0, University School of Milwaukee (Wisc.)