The Top 50 American scholastic field hockey teams of 2004

As we said when we made our last quick-and-dirty Top 10, we knew this would be an exceedingly difficult Top 50, especially seeing as there were two instances in which there were three teams which defeated each other throughout the season.

After studying a mountain of results, we have our usual Top 50, plus several "Bear In Mind" teams which should not be forgotten.

As always, 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 interstate competition.

School State Record Notes
1 Voorhees Eastern NJ 24-0 Unbeaten streak now at 138; now among all-time greats
2 Mountain Top Crestwood PA 26-0 Fortunate to have gotten by Wyoming Seminary in PIAA AA final
3 Moorestown NJ 22-0 Late deflected goal gives Group III title win vs. Flanders Mount Olive
4 Emmaus PA 26-1 Thumped Wilkes-Barre Coughlin 4-0 in AAA final
5 Camden Caesar Rodney DE 19-1 Left little doubt in 3-0 win over Lewes Cape Henlopen
6 Lake Forest IL 22-0 Has given up a scant four goals this season
7 Gahanna Columbus Academy OH 21-0 Took second straight state crown beating Mount Notre Dame
8 Collingswood NJ 21-0-3 Second-half goal beats North Caldwell West Essex
9 Walpole MA 23-1 Title returns to The Porker Pen
10 San Diego Scripps Ranch CA 24-1 Bested Torrey Pines in strokes to win San Diego Division I sectional
11 Encinitas Torrey Pines CA 24-3 Lost penalty stroke shootout to Scripps Ranch in Division I final
12 Canton MA 22-0-1 OT stroke goal beat Deerfield Frontier Regional in Division 2 final
13 Richmond Collegiate VA 20-1 Beat St. Stephen's/St. Agnes in VISL title game
14 Kingston Wyoming Seminary PA 19-5 3 losses to Crestwood, including heartbreaking AA title OT loss
15 Virginia Beach Princess Anne VA 20-3 Defeated Cox in AAA state championship
16 Mameroneck NY 20-0-2 Beat Saratoga Springs 1-0 in Class A final
17 Grosse Pointe South MI 15-1-2 Wins title in first year as a full varsity team
18 Alexandria St. Stephen's/St. Agnes VA 17-3-2 ISL champs came up short against Collegiate in VISL
19 Bethesda Chevy-Chase MD 14-4 Scored on the expiration of the OT clock to beat Severna Park
20 Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox VA 16-9 Falcons back in title tilt, but lost to Princess Anne
21 Severna Park MD 19-1 Speedy team couldn't solve B-CC possession game
22 East Chapel Hill NC 20-3 Lone losses to Cox and St. Mary's of Johannesburg, S. Africa
23 Martinsville Pingry School NJ 20-3-1 Beat Plumsted New Egypt (N.J.) for the second straight year
24 East Rochester NY 19-0-3 65th-minute deflection beats North Warren in Class C final
25 Lakeville Hotchkiss School CT 15-1-1 Took down undefeated Greenwich Academy in WNEPSAA final
26 Baltimore Roland Park MD 14-5-3 Beat Archbishop Spalding 1-0 in IAAM Class A final
27 Durham Academy NC 18-2 Took down Charlotte (N.C.) Latin 2-1 in OT of NCISAA final
28 St. Louis Cor Jesu MO 16-2 Edged Nerinx Hall 1-0 in Midwest Athletic Association final
29 Greenwich Academy CT 22-1 Handled up the opposition until running into Hotchkiss
30 St. Louis Lafayette MO 20-3-1 The best MWAA public-school team, will be a force in '05
31 Louisville Kentucky Country Day School KY 20-0 Beat Louisville Sacred Heart 2-0 in state final
32 Belfast ME 18-0 Took Class B final with 1-0 win over York
33 St. Louis Nerinx Hall MO 19-5 Hard luck on penalty corners and a stroke in MWAA final
34 Maine-Endwell NY 17-2 Edged a very skilled Rye club in double overtime
35 Fairfield Warde CT 16-2 Beat Greenwich 3-2 in Class L final
36 North Caldwell West Essex NJ 21-2 Late goal by Collingswood sealed Knights' fate
37 Skowhegan ME 17-1 Beat Standish Bonny Eagle 3-2 for fourth straight state title
38 Granby Memorial CT 17-1-2 Beat rival Canton 3-1 in Class S final
39 Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame OH 15-3-2 Took Columbus Academy down to the wire
40 Pocomoke City MD 15-3 Warriors bucked three-game swoon at end of regular season
41 Englewood Kent Denver CO 16-1-1 Beat Colorado Academy 2-0 for second straight title
42 Souhegan NH 18-0 Yielded more than one goal exactly once this season
43 Edgewater South River MD 17-3 Corner defense dominated Bethesda Walt Whitman in 4A final
44 Oklahoma City Casady School OK 11-1 Won ninth SPC title since 1987 over Houston Kincaid (Tex.) 1-0
45 Woonsocket RI 17-0-1 Shut out Burrillville 3-0 for Division II title
46 Severn Archbishop Spalding MD 13-7-3 In first year of playing finals on turf, had trouble
47 Berlin NH 16-0-1 Beat Tilton Winnisquam 2-1 for Class M title
48 Hartford VT 15-2 Beat South Burlington 1-0 in Division 1 final
49 Hereford MD 16-2 Topped Glenelg 2-0 in 2A final
50 Wilkes-Barre Coughlin PA 17-4-1 Magical ride through playoffs ended with Emmaus game

AND BEAR IN MIND: The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School 12-2-4, North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) 12-2-3, Branford (Conn.) 18-2, Telstar (Maine) 13-5, Concord (N.H.) 15-3, Stowe (Vt.) 12-3-2, Mount Abraham Union (Vt.) 12-3-1, North Kingstown (R.I.) 10-5-4, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin 13-4, Ambler Wissahickon (Pa.) 23-2, Madison Borough (N.J.) 22-1, Rye (N.Y.) 20-2, Saratoga (Calif.) 14-5-2, San Jose Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 13-2-4, Hartland Arrowhead Union (Wisc.) 18-2-1