Falcons top Grizzlies in overtime season-opening classic of 1 vs. 2; John Carroll gains entry into rankings
It was a heavyweight showdown right from the start as then No. 1 Garrison Forest School visited then-No. 2 Severna Park for an opening night showdown. With a classic, 2-1 overtime victory, Severna Park moved into the top spot in the VSN Week 1 Field Hockey Top 20, while Garrison dropped back to No. 2.
Not much else changed in the Top 20, as many teams await their openers, including No. 3 Liberty, No. 4 Archbishop Spalding and No. 5 Arundel.
John Carroll School did crack the rankings after missing the preseason poll. The Patriots opened with a 2-0 win over then No. 17 Fallston and debut at No. 19, while the Cougars slid to No. 20. Previous No. 20 Century, which went 0-1-1 at the Southern Invitational, fell out of this week’s poll.
Here is the complete Week 1 VSN Field Hockey Top 20:
1. SEVERNA PARK
Preseason ranking: 2
Note: Falcons leapfrog preseason No. 1 Garrison Forest with exciting overtime victory over Grizzlies on opening night.
2. GARRISON FOREST SCHOOL
Preseason ranking: 1
Note: Grizzlies fall in classic to Severna Park to slide back one spot.
Preseason ranking: 3
Note: The Lions await season-opening visit from Frederick County’s Walkersville Thursday.
4. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING
Preseason ranking: 4
Note: The first challenge is big one, as No. 5 Arundel visits the Cavaliers Thursday.
Preseason ranking: 5
Note: The Wildcats poised to get going Thursday at No. 4 Archbishop Spalding.
Preseason ranking: 7
Note: The Lions’ first test is huge one, at No. 2 Garrison Forest Friday.
Preseason ranking: 8
Note: After sweeping Mount de Sales Academy and then-No. 6 River Hill in their invitational, the Bruins are idle until next Monday against No. 12 South River.
8. RIVER HILL
Preseason ranking: 6
Note: Hawks were edged by then-No. 8 Broadneck, 1-0, on opening day.
9. MARRIOTTS RIDGE
Preseason ranking: 9
Note: The Mustangs will open in prime time Wednesday at Centennial.
10. NOTRE DAME PREP
Preseason ranking: 11
Note: The Blazers opened with 4-2 win over Roland Park Country School. They host Winters Mill Wednesday.
11. MCDONOGH SCHOOL
Preseason ranking: 11
Note: The Eagles set for an opening visit from Roland Park Country Thursday.
12. SOUTH RIVER
Preseason ranking: 12
Note: Their season-opening tournament was reduced to a single game, but Seahawks came away with a nice 6-1 win over Westminster. A trip to No. 7 Broadneck looms Monday.
13. BRYN MAWR SCHOOL
Preseason ranking: 13
Note: The Mawrtians blanked St. Paul’s School, 2-0, in their opener.
14. ST. MARY’S
Preseason ranking: 14
Note: The Saints got a fast start with wins over Roland Park County and Saints Peter & Paul.
Preseason ranking: 15
Note: The Gladiators thump Mount Hebron, 9-2, in their opener.
Previous ranking: 15
Note: The Bulls’ first action comes Friday at North Harford.
Preseason ranking: 18
Note: The Cardinals ready for first varsity game when they travel to North County Thursday.
Preseason ranking: 19
Note: The Admirals exploded for eight goals in season-opening shutout win over Indian Creek School.
19. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL
Preseason ranking: Not ranked
Note: The Patriots knocked off then-No. 17 Fallston, 2-0, in their opener.
Preseason ranking: 17
Note: Cougars remain in the poll despite opening loss to John Carroll.