Patriots knock off three ranked teams to win title and move to No. 9; Liberty takes over at No. 1; Old Mill, Marriotts Ridge and North East also join the rankings


This late in the season Top 20 polls do not usually see much movement, but the latest VSN Field Hockey Top 20 sure had some moving and shaking going on.

For starters, undefeated Liberty, which is two wins away from an undefeated season and a 1A state crown, has taken over has the new No. 1 team. The Lions moved up from No. 2 after previously top-ranked Archbishop Spalding fell in the IAAM A title game to then No. 4 Garrison Forest.

The champion Grizzlies, which opened the year at No. 1 are now back up to No. 2, while Spalding is No. 3. Severna Park, gunning for another 4A state championship this week moved up one spot to No. 4 and McDonogh slid back two places to round out the Top 5 at No. 5.

The biggest mover this week is John Carroll. The Patriots, ranked earlier this year, roared back into the poll with three playoff wins over ranked opponents to capture the IAAM B Conference title. JC is now ranked No. 9.

Three other teams, making strong playoff pushes, are also new to the rankings this week. They are No. 14 Old Mill, No. 19 Marriotts Ridge and No. 20t North East are all in this week’s Top 20.

Here is the complete Week 9 VSN Field Hockey Top 20:

2019 VSN FIELD HOCKEY TOP 20 – WEEK 8

1. LIBERTY 

Previous rank: #2

Record: 16-0

Last week: def. South Carroll, 1-0; 1A West Region I Finals; def. Kent County, 8-1, 1A State Quarterfinals

This week: vs. Patuxent, 1A State Semifinals, at Paint Branch, Nov. 7

2. GARRISON FOREST SCHOOL 

Previous rank: #4

Record: 16-3-1

Last week: def. then No. 3 McDonogh, 1-0, IAAM A Semifinals; def. then No. 1 Archbishop Spalding, 1-0, IAAM A Finals

This week: Season Complete, IAAM A Champions

3. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 

Previous rank: #1

Record: 17-3-1

Last week: def. then No. 9 Notre Dame Prep, 2-0, IAAM A Semifinals; lost to then No. 4 Garrison Forest, 1-0, IAAM A Finals

This week: Season Complete, IAAM A Finalists

4. SEVERNA PARK

Previous rank: #5

Record: 13-3

Last week: def. then No. 6 Arundel, 3-2, 4A East Region I Final; def. Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 4A State Quarterfinals

This week: vs. Old Mill, 4A State Semifinals, at Broadneck, Nov. 6

5. MCDONOGH SCHOOL 

Previous rank: #3

Record: 9-6-2

Last week: lost to then No. 4 Garrison Forest, 1-0, IAAM A Semifinals

This week: Season Complete, IAAM A Semifinalists

6. HEREFORD 

Previous rank: #7

Record: 13-2

Last week: def. North Harford, 2-1, 2A North Region I Finals; def. Thomas Stone, 9-0, 2A State Quarterfinals

This week: vs. No. 19 Marriotts Ridge, 2A Field Hockey State Semifinals, Nov. 7

7. DULANEY 

Previous rank: #8

Record: 14-3

Last week: def. Howard, 3-0, 4A North Region I Finals; def. Sherwood, 7-0, 4A State Quarterfinals

This week: vs. Quince Orchard, 4A State Semifinals, Nov. 6

8. ARUNDEL

Previous rank: #6

Record: 11-3-2

Last week: lost then No. 5 Severna Park, 3-2, 4A East Region I Finals

This week: Season Complete, 4A East Region I Finalists

9. JOHN CARROLL

Previous rank: Not ranked

Record: 13-5

Last week: def. then No. 15 Severn, 4-0, IAAM Quarterfinals; def. then No. 12 Mount de Sales, 3-1, IAAM B Semifinals; def. then No. 17 Bryn Mawr, 2-1, IAAM B Championship

This week: Season Complete, IAAM B Champions

10. NOTRE DAME PREP 

Previous rank: #9

Record: 8-8-2

Last week: def. Maryvale Prep, 3-0, IAAM A Quarterfinals; lost to then No. 1 Archbishop Spalding, 2-0, IAAM A Semifinals

This week: Season Complete, IAAM A Semifinalists

11. BROADNECK

Previous rank: #10

Record: 10-4

Last week: def. the No. 14 South River, 2-1, 4A East Region II Finals; lost to Quince Orchard, 1-0, 4A State Quarterfinals

This week: Season Complete, 4A State Quarterfinalists

12. FALLSTON

Previous rank: #11

Record: 13-4

Last week: def. Joppatowne, 19-0, 1A North Region II Semifinals; def. Patterson Mill, 5-2, 1A North Region II Finals; lost to Washington, 3-1, 1A State Quarterfinals

This week: Season Complete; 1A State Quarterfinalists

13. BRYN MAWR

Previous rank: #17

Record: 10-4-1

Last week: def. St. Paul’s School for Girls, 6-0, IAAM B Quarterfinals; def. then No. 18 St. Mary’s, 2-0, IAAM B Semifinals; lost to John Carroll, 2-1, IAAM B Finals

This week: Season Complete, IAAM B Finalists

14. OLD MILL

Previous rank: Not ranked

Record: 10-5

Last week: def. North County, 5-1, 4A North Region II Finals; def. Winston Churchill, 1-0, 4A State Quarterfinals

This week: vs. No. 4 Old Mill, 4A State Semifinals, at Broadneck, Nov. 6

15. MOUNT DE SALES

Previous rank: #12

Record: 10-5-1

Last week: def. Glenelg Country, 5-1; IAAM B Quarterfinals; lost to John Carroll, 3-1, IAAM B Semifinals

This week: Season Complete, IAAM B Semifinalists

16. CENTURY

Previous rank: #13

Record: 11-5

Last week: def. Manchester Valley, 2-1, 2A North Region II Finals; lost Oakdale, 2-1, 2A State Quarterfinals

This week: Season Complete, 2A State Quarterfinalists

17. SEVERN SCHOOL

Previous rank: #15

Record: 11-5-1

Last week: lost to John Carroll, 1-0, IAAM B Quarterfinals

This week: Season Complete, IAAM B Quarterfinalists

18. ST. MARY’S 

Previous rank: #18

Record: 10-3-1

Last week: def. Roland Park Country, 1-0, IAAM B Quarterfinals; lost to then No. 17 Bryn Mawr, 2-0, IAAM B Semifinals

This week: Season Complete, IAAM B Semifinalists

19. MARRIOTTS RIDGE

Previous rank: Not ranked

Record: 9-6

Last week: def. Glenelg, 2-1, 2A South Region II Semifinals; def. Wilde Lake, 6-0, 2A Region II Finals; def. Queen Anne’s, 1-, 2A State Quarterfinals

This Week: vs. No. 7 Hereford, 2A State Semifinals, Nov. 7

20t. NORTH COUNTY

Previous rank: #16

Record: 11-3

Last week: lost to Old Mill, 5-1, 4A North Region II Finals

This week: Season Complete, 4A North Region II Finalists

20t. NORTH EAST

Previous rank: Not ranked

Record: 13-2

Last week: def. Rising Sun, 1-0, 1A North Region I Final; def. Sparrows Point, 2-1, 1A State Quarterfinals

This week: vs. Washington, 1A State Semifinals, at Paint Branch, Nov. 7