The Top 50 American scholastic field hockey teams of 2006

Well, here we are again with our compilation of the Top 50 teams after a season of great achievements on the part of many teams. It wasn't as hard to compile as it was in past seasons, where three teams would defeat each other over the course of a year.

As always, we hope that this kind of list encourages athletic directors and coaches help create challenging non-league schedules. And we would also like to see state sanctioning bodies foster better competition by dropping travel limitations and increasing regular-season schedules, especially the suffocating rules set forth in Maryland.

School State Record Notes
1 Kingston Wyoming Seminary PA 24-0 Nation's best midfield controlled all opposition
2 Voorhees Eastern NJ 26-0 Set school marks for wins, goals scored, won inaugural T of C
3 Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox VA 23-0 Win in state final brings state title back to Beach
4 Hummelstown Lower Dauphin PA 29-0 Extremely talented attack should return with a vengeance in '07
5 North Caldwell West Essex NJ 23-1 Knights fought well in Tournament of Champions final
6 Louisville Sacred Heart KY 28-0 Fine goalkeeping and defense led the way for Valkyries
7 Shrub Oak Lakeland NY 25-0 Had some tough matches early in state tournament
8 Walpole MA 23-0-1 Porkers have realized all that potential in good senior class
9 St. Louis Cor Jesu MO 21-0-2 Apart from early adjustments, Chargers were extremely dominant
10 Carlsbad La Costa Canyon CA 24-1 Emerged victorious after trilogy of matches with Torrey Pines
11 Garden City NY 21-0 Class B champions ran wild on Long Island
12 Lakeville Hotchkiss School CT 15-0-1 Bearcats won fifth straight NEPSAC Class A title
13 Flourtown Mount St. Joseph's PA 26-2 Spunky Magic made great run to AAA final
14 Skowhegan ME 17-0 Won sixth straight state championship
15 San Diego Torrey Pines CA 22-2 Fought well for CIF San Diego Section supremacy
16 Selinsgrove PA 25-1 Quick, well-skilled team was exposed in AA semis by Sem
17 Canton MA 19-0-2 Coach Brooke Bergmann takes team to title in second season
18 Emmaus PA 24-2 Hornets were a goal away from defending AAA state title
19 Stafford VA 21-1 Team with good skills fell a rung short from defending AAA title
20 Pennsville Upper Perkiomen PA 23-3 Well-skilled Tribe came out early in AAA final vs. Seminary
21 Newfound Regional NH 16-1 Scored 83 goals on the season, won first state title
22 Norfolk Maury VA 18-5-1 Commodores didn't have the answers for Cox
23 Barrington RI 18-0 Road easy after 3OT win over North Kingstown in semis
24 Durham Academy NC 19-0 Cavaliers vanquished all comers
25 Severna Park MD 17-0-1 Team came together nicely after Rausch injury
26 Wilmington Tower Hill DE 17-2-1 Hillers' postseason experience no match for rest of field
27 Moorestown NJ 19-3-1 Team has come a long way in two years
28 Gahanna Columbus Academy OH 18-1 After mid-season stumble, had 10 shutouts in 11 games
29 Lake Forest IL 24-3-3 Bested Oak Park-River Forest 2-1 in overtime
30 Endwell Maine-Endwell (N.Y.) NY 19-1 Deserved a better fate
31 Marathon NY 24-1 With C title, Olympians break E. Rochester's unbeaten streak
32 Lehighton PA 23-1 Coach Shawn Hindy's team is one to watch in 2007
33 East Rochester NY 19-1-1 Denied a third straight state title
34 Greenwich CT 21-2 Outlasted Simsbury (Conn.) 5-2 in Class L final
35 Greenwich Academy VA 18-3-1 Two of Gators' three losses were to Hotchkiss
36 Summit Oak Knoll NJ 22-2 First Union County school ever to win state title
37 San Diego Serra CA 20-5-1 Bested San Diego Westview for sectional title
38 Belfast ME 17-0 Edged York (Maine) without one of its starting midfielders
39 Winston-Salem Reynolds NC 17-1 Edged out East Chapel Hill (N.C.) in strokes
40 East Chapel Hill NC 14-3 Wildcats couldn't put away their chances in final
41 Hartland Arrowhead WI 22-2-1 Bested University Lakes 2-0 in state final
42 Ann Arbor Pioneer MI 19-0-2 Edged Huron 2-1 in state final
43 Englewood Kent Denver CO 15-1-1 Edged Colorado Academy 2-1 in state final
44 Lebanon NH 15-0-3 Edged Souhegan in first round of penalty corners
45 Gaithersburg Quince Orchard MD 15-2 Got a splendid overtime goal to win 4A state championship
46 Souhegan NH 16-1-1 Could have won Class I title in overtime but for a foot
47 Edgewater South River MD 16-4 Seahawks fall just short of third straight title
48 Worcester Notre Dame Academy MA 20-1-2 Rebels played extraordinarily well, but fell to Walpole
49 Fredericksburg Chancellor VA 22-1 Took down Fredericksburg James Monroe (Va.) for AA/A title
50 Glen Gardner Voorhees NJ 18-3-1 Tough 1-0 loss to Moorestown in Group 2 championship

AND BEAR IN MIND: Hamburg (Pa.) 20-7, Pocomoke (Md.) 11-3-1, Rising Sun (Md.) 11-5-1, Salem (N.H.) 15-2, Lititz Warwick (Pa.) 24-2-2, Richmond Collegiate (Va.) 18-3, Hereford (Md.) 13-3-1, The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School 11-1-2, Mountain View St. Francis (Calif.) 14-1-4, San Jose Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 17-0-4, Mameroneck (N.Y.) 19-1-1, Glastonbury (Conn.) 14-1-3, Alexandria St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (Va.) 17-3-1, Providence Moses Brown School (R.I.) 17-0, Wilton (Conn.) 19-1-1, Rye (N.Y.) 19-3, York (Maine) 17-1, Corinth Central (Maine) 13-2-3, North Branford (Conn.) 15-4-1, Oklahoma City Casady School (Okla).