Eagles soar from No. 11 to No. 4; Post-season underway for everyone


With the state field hockey playoffs, as well as the IAAM field hockey tournaments, underway, the VSN Field Hockey Top 20 saw little movement this week, with one exception.

The McDonogh Eagles, previously ranked No. 11, knocked off then No. 2 Archbishop Spalding in their regular season finale to claim the second seed in the IAAM A playoffs and soar up to No. 4 in our poll.

No. 1 Notre Dame Prep still tops the poll and Garrison Forest replaced Spalding at No. 2. C. Milton Wright climbed one spot to No. 3 and Spalding slid to No. 5 to round out the Top 5.

The coming week could see some movement in the poll as many Top 20 match-ups will take place in the various playoff brackets.

Here is the complete Week 8 VSN Field Hockey Top 20:

VSN FIELD HOCKEY TOP 20 – WEEK 8

1. NOTRE DAME PREP

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #1

Record: 17-1

Last week: def. Roland Park Country, 4-0

This week: vs. Bryn Mawr, IAAM A Quarters, 10/30

2. GARRISON FOREST SCHOOL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #3

Record: 14-2

Last week: def. Bryn Mawr, 5-1; def. St. James, 10-0

This week: vs. St. Paul’s School for Girls, IAAM A Quarters, 10/30

3. C. MILTON WRIGHT

Last week’s VSN Top 2o rank: #4

Record: 12-1

Last week: def. Edgewood, 12-0, 3A North Region Section II Playoffs

This week: vs. No. 14 Bel Air, 3A North Region Section II Final, 10/29

4. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #11

Record: 8-2

Last week: def. then No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 3-2

This week: vs. John Carroll, IAAM A Quarters, 10/30

5. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #2

Record: 13-3

Last week: lost to then No. 11 McDonogh, 3-2

This week: vs. Maryvale Prep, IAAM A Quarters, 10/30

6. SOUTH RIVER

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #5

Record: 12-2

Last week: Did not play

This week: vs. Broadneck, 4A East Regional Section II Finals, 10/29

7. GLENELG

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #6

Record: 10-1-1

Last Week: Did not play

This Week: vs. No. 17 Marriotts Ridge, 2A East Region Section I Finals, 10/29

8. BROADNECK

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #7

Record: 10-3-2

Last week: def. Leonardtown, 5-1, 4A East Region Section II Playoffs

This week: at South River, 4A East Region Section I Final, 10/29

9. ARUNDEL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #8

Record: 10-4

Last week: Did not play

This week: vs. No. 10 Severna Park, 4A East Region Section I Final, 10/29

10. SEVERNA PARK

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #9

Record: 9-5-1

Last week: def. Annapolis, 7-0, 4A East Region Section I Playoffs

This week: at No. 9 Arundel, 4A East Region Section I Final, 10/29

11. WESTMINSTER

Last week VSN Top 20 rank: #10

Record: 12-2

Last week: def. Frederick, 12-0, 3A West Region Section I Playoffs

This week: vs. Thomas Johnson, 3A West Region Section I Final, 10/29

12. CHESAPEAKE-ANNE ARUNDEL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #12

Record: 8-6

Last week: def. Northeast-AA, 10-0, 3A East Region Section II Playoffs

This week: vs. J.M. Bennett, 3A East Region Section II Final, 10/29

13. NORTH HARFORD

Last week’s VSN Top 2o rank: #13

Record: 10-1

Last week: Did not play

This week: vs. North East, 2A North Region Section II Final, 10/29

14. BEL AIR

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #15

Record: 10-3

Last week: def. Aberdeen, 6-0, 3A North Region Section II Playoffs

This week: at No. 3 C. Milton Wright, 3A North Region Section II Finals, 10/29

15. LIBERTY

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #16

Record: 13-2

Last week: def. Manchester Valley, 3-2, 2A West Region Section I Playoffs

This week: vs. Century, 2A West Region Section I Final, 10/29

16. HEREFORD

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #17

Record: 9-6

Last week: def. Dulaney, 1-0, Baltimore County Championship; def. Lansdowne, 8-0, 2A North Region Section I Playoffs

This week: vs. Eastern Tech, 2A North Region Section I Final, 10/29

17. MARRIOTTS RIDGE

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #18

Record: 8-5

Last week: def. Wilde Lake, 4-0, 2A East Region Section I Playoffs

This week: vs. No. 7 Glenelg, 2A East Region Section I Final, 10/29

18. DULANEY

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #14

Record: 10-6

Last week: def. Hereford, 1-0, Baltimore County Championship; def. Catonsville, 3-0, 4A North Region Section I Playoffs

This week: at Howard, 4A North Region Section I Finals, 10/29

19. CARVER A&T

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #19

Record: 10-2

Last week: Did not play

This Week: vs. Loch Raven, 1A North Region Section I Finals, 10/29

20. ELKTON

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #20

Record: 8-3

Last week: def. Bo Manor, 4-0, 1A East Region Section I Playoffs

This week: vs. Kent County, 1A East Region Section I Final, 10/29