Mercy makes first-ever appearance; St. Mary’s returns

The VSN Field Hockey Week 6 Top 20 has a familiar team at No. 1 as Severna Park High moves back up top as previous No. 1 Archbishop Spalding dropped back to No. 4.

Garrison Forest School, the preseason No. 1, is back up to No. 3, followed by No. 3 Bryn Mawr. The Grizzlies and Mawrtians, both undefeated in the IAAM A Conference, will square off on Thursday.

Rounding out the Top 5 is undefeated Hereford, at No. 5.

St. Mary’s, which has been ranked much of the year, has returned to the poll at No. 18 and, for the first time, Mercy debuts at No. 20.

Here is the complete VSN Field Hockey Week 6 Top 20:


1. SEVERNA PARK

Record: 7-1

Previous rank: 2

Note: Falcons fly back to No. 1.


2. GARRISON FOREST SCHOOL

Record: 8-4

Previous rank: 3

Note: Grizzlies are trying to run gauntlet in IAAM A Conference.


3. BRYN MAWR SCHOOL

Record: 10-0

Previous rank: 4

Note: 10-0 has nice ring to it for Mawrtians.


4. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Record: 8-1

Previous rank: 1

Note: After losing for first time to then-No. 3 Garrison Forest, Cavaliers face tough four-game closing stretch.


5. HEREFORD

Record: 8-0

Previous rank: 6

Note: Undefeated Bulls keep climbing as they prepare for rematch with Dulaney Tuesday.


6. GLENELG

Record: 7-1

Previous rank: 11

Note: With win over then-No. 5 River Hill, Gladiators making case for supremacy in Howard County.


7. River Hill

Record: 10-2

Previous rank: 5

Note: Loss to then-No. 11 Glenelg snaps Hawks’ 10-game winning streak.


8. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 6-2

Previous rank: 10

Note: Eagles looking to get hot at right time.


9. ATHOLTON

Record: 8-0

Previous rank: 7

Note: Playing in Howard County’s lower tier, the Raiders have outscored their opponents 67-1.


10. CROFTON

Record: 7-1

Previous rank: 8

Note: Then-No. 12 South River hands Cardinals first loss.


11. BROADNECK

Record: 6-4

Previous rank: 9

Note: Bruins have lost 4-of-6, after 4-0 start.


12. SOUTH RIVER

Record: 6-3

Previous rank: 12

Note: Seahawks have lost 2-of-4 games, both to No. 1 Severna Park.


13. CENTURY

Record: 8-1-1

Previous rank: 13

Note: Knights gearing up for first-place showdown with Liberty Tuesday.


14. MARRIOTTS RIDGE

Record: 6-2

Previous rank: 14

Note: Mustangs will be hunting upsets with No. 6 Glenelg and No. 7 River Hill up next.


15. LIBERTY

Record: 6-2-1

Previous rank: 15

Note: With two regular season games left, Lions control their destiny in Carroll County.


16. FALLSTON

Record: 6-2

Previous rank: 16

Note: With two regular season games left, Cougars eye strong finish.


17. FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

Record: 5-2

Previous rank: 17

Note: Eagles fell to No. 16 Fallston, 1-0, in last outing.


18. ST. MARY’S

Record: 4-4-1

Previous rank: Not ranked

Note:  Saints .500 record not bad thing in IAAM A Conference.


19. C. MILTON WRIGHT

Record: 6-2

Previous rank: 20

Note: Mustangs on five-game win streak.


20. MERCY

Record: 7-1

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Note: Magic have won five straight to lead IAAM B Conference.