The Top 50 American scholastic field hockey teams of 2005

This was a very tough Top 50 to compile. As much as we want to ensure that state champions (and, in the case of California, sectional champions) are recognized, there were a lot of very good teams out there that didn't win state championship finals in 2005.

And like last year, there were two instances in which three three teams which defeated each other over the course of the season the season.

As always, to make the compilation of these kinds of surveys easier in the future, it is our hope that school athletic directors and coaches help create challenging non-league schedules. And we would also like to see state sanctioning bodies foster more interstate competition -- if not more competition altogether, given the suffocating scheduling limits in the state of Maryland.

School State Record Notes
1 Emmaus PA 28-0 Scored a record 216 goals in winning Class AAA final
2 Palmyra PA 27-1 Boasted Kelly Fitzpatrick, nation's leading goal-scorer (66)
3 Voorhees Eastern NJ 22-1-2 In seven Group IV title matches, Vikes have seven shutouts
4 Stafford VA 24-0 No one else beat three state titlists on three consecutive days
5 Wilmington Tower Hill DE 17-0-2 Hillers back with a vengeance after losing early in 2004 playoffs
6 Louisville Assumption KY 25-1-1 Job was easier in finals after beating Sacred Heart in semifinal
7 Severna Park MD 19-1 As good as advertised; Hayley Rausch is the real deal
8 St. Louis Cor Jesu MO 17-1-1 Stopped an excellent John Burroughs team for MWAA title
9 Garden City NY 21-0 Bested good Queensbury and Mameroneck squads in Class A
10 Belfast ME 18-0 Current win streak is the nation's second longest (33)
11 Ocean City NJ 23-1-1 Still has not lost a final on the Lions' Stadium turf
12 Dedham MA 23-1 Was the Herget survivor after Walpole's collapse
13 Kingston Wyoming Seminary PA 20-1 This young team may be the best in the state for years to come
14 Allentown William Allen PA 20-6-1 Showed in playoff that it more than just a boy and 10 girls
15 Ambler Wissahickon PA 21-5 Team comes into 2006 motivated after Allen loss in OT
16 North Caldwell West Essex NJ 21-2 Did the necessary work to wrest Group II dream from Glassboro
17 Carlsbad La Costa Canyon CA 23-2 Mavericks earn title after feeling disrespected in seeding
18 Wilmington St. Mark's DE 16-3-1 Katelyn Falgowski will make major noise in 2006
19 Lake Forest IL 21-1 Scouts have had excellent record the last few years
20 Virginia Beach Princess Anne VA 19-4-1 Could not solve Stafford's skill and pace
21 Escondido San Pasqual CA 23-2 Eagles' best season since Banueloses and Gannons starred
22 Columbus Bishop Watterson OH 17-3-1 Early corners sealed OHSAA title vs. Kettering Fairmont
23 Plumstead New Egypt NJ 21-1 Third time the charm for Patti Nicholson's committed crew
24 Lakeville Hotchkiss School CT 14-1-1 This prep school is on a tear in WNEPSAA play
25 Worcester Notre Dame Academy MA 20-2-1 Rebels got it together at season's end
26 Lincoln-Sudbury MA 20-2 Was very fortunate to get into state title match
27 Walpole MA 21-2 High-flying attack saw defense exposed in state semifinal
28 Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox VA 20-2-1 Internecine rivalry with P. Anne caught up with Falcons
29 Medford Lakes Shawnee NJ 19-3-1 Renegades a worthy foe for Eastern in state semifinal match
30 Glassboro NJ 16-2-4 Gloria Byard's turnaround has many repercussions
31 Watertown Taft School CT 15-1-2 Earned important late wins in WNEPSAA challenge
32 Richmond St. Catherine's VA 14-7-1 Don Warner's skilled group won VISL championship
33 Fallbrook Union CA 19-5-2 Best Cali team not to win a title in 2005
34 Charlotte Country Day School NC 17-1 Buccaneers won private-school title over Durham Academy
35 Skowhegan ME 17-1 First Maine team to win five straight state championships
36 Englewood Kent Denver CO 17-0 Won state final 2-0 over Denver Colorado Academy
37 Chapel Hill NC 11-1 Lauren Mazziotto turned around team's fortunes
38 Oak Park River Forest IL 20-5-1 Unafraid of interstate competition, did well in states
39 Durham Academy NC 17-1 Splendid season came to an end at the hands of Charlotte
40 Mameroneck NY 18-1-3 Too much Garden City quality in the end
41 Ann Arbor Pioneer MI 15-0-2 Dominated Grosse Pointe South 3-0 in state championship
42 San Diego Serra CA 21-5 Deserved better in sectional title match
43 Greenwich Academy CT 18-2-1 Had done well up until meeting Taft in WNEPSAA semis
44 The Lawrenceville School NJ 12-4 Won NJISAA title with 2-1 win over Stuart
45 Princeton Stuart Country Day School NJ 17-1-2 Mercer County champions placed second in NJSIAAs
46 Allentown NJ 19-1 Undefeated record spoiled in state semifinal vs. Glassboro
47 Alexandria St. Stephen's/St. Agnes VA 19-2 ISL champions could not get it done in VISL tournament
48 Greenwich CT 17-1-1 Late steal and score gave Cardinals Class L win
49 Barrington RI 15-0-3 Quality wins over Tiverton and Lincoln earned Division I title
50 Huntington Beach Marina CA 21-2-1 Held off Newport Harbor 3-1 in Tournament of Champions

AND BEAR IN MIND: Selinsgrove (Pa.), East Rochester (N.Y.), Queensbury (N.Y.), Spotsylvania Courtland (Va.), South Burlington (Vt.), Berlin (N.H.), Pocomoke City (Md.), Gilroy (Calif.), Stowe (Vt.), Bow (N.H.), Edgewater South River (Md.), Salem (N.H.), Mount Abraham Union (Vt.), East Corinth Central (Maine), Salisbury Parkside (Md.), Branford (Conn.), Putnam Valley (N.Y.), Haddam-Killingworth (Conn.), Warwick Veterans Memorial (R.I.), Fort Worth (Tex.) Country Day School, Archbishop Mitty (Calif.), Lewis Mills (Conn.), St. Francis (Calif.), University School of Milwaukee (Wisc.).