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Dec. 3, 2016 — Concerns for future foundationstopofthecircle

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:42:14 +0000

The United States senior women’s national teams currently hold soccer’s World Cup, lacrosse’s World Cup, and field hockey’s Champions Trophy bronze medal. But over the last year and a half, there has been some doubt sown as to whether the junior national teams can feed into these successful programs. Two summers ago, the U.S. U-19 […](image)


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Dec. 2, 2016 — And speaking of awards …topofthecircle

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:00:08 +0000

You may recall that last spring, this site kept track of the top girls’ lacrosse schools in a weekly Top 10, then made a final Top 50 published last June. There was one thing missing from that inaugural Top 50: a physical, tangible award given to the top team, Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.). And, when […](image)


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Dec. 1, 2016 — Previewing the awards seasontopofthecircle

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:15:02 +0000

With the end of the U.S. domestic field hockey season, we follow the advice of the late field hockey writer Jim Davis: “move this stuff inside.” Here’s what we’re planning for our end-of-the-year coverage: Dec. 6: Region of the Year Dec. 9: United States Coach of the Year: The Nominees Dec. 13: The State of […](image)


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Nov. 30, 2016 — ADVISORY: Liveblogging USA vs. Argentinatopofthecirclearg

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:12:06 +0000

POSTGAME That’s all for now; good night and good hockey POSTGAME You could hang your hat on the fact that Argentina’s first goal came on a missed obstruction call, but given the injuries that have hit this team, and the margin of victory between these two teams in April, this is about the result you […](image)


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Nov. 30, 2016 — Spooky Nook II: Electric Boogalootopofthecircle

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:34:51 +0000

Spooky Nook has gone from being the name of a small road intersecting Route 283 just west of Lancaster, Pa. to a phrase synonymous with field hockey in the United States. In fewer than three years, the Spooky Nook Sports Complex has grown not only in functionality — hosting tournaments and recreational events in many […](image)


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Nov. 29, 2016 — A tragedy ends another fairy-tale athletic storytopofthecircle

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:03:38 +0000

The 2016 calendar year has brought us numerous stories about athletic Cinderellas. Leicester City, a 5,000-to-1 underdog soccer club at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, won the Premier League last spring after going without a major title in their 133-year history. The Chicago Cubs, just last month, won baseball’s World Series for the first […](image)


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Nov. 28, 2016 — The missing piecestopofthecircle

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:07:05 +0000

This week is a crucial one for the four-team National Women’s Hockey League. Saturday,the four teams — the Connecticut Whale, Buffalo Beauts, New York Riveters, and Boston Pride — are taking the ice in the midst of a financial crisis. Last week, it was announced that the league would be cutting player salaries — already […](image)


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Nov. 27, 2016 — USA 3, Korea 2topofthecircle

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 16:45:33 +0000

POSTGAME So that’s all for now. Good day and good hockey POSTGAME Does that mean the U.S. would play the Pool D winner? All four teams in that pool — China, Belgium, Spain, and New Zealand — are still in the hunt for the quarterfinals, and those matches are later today if you are livestreaming […](image)


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Nov. 26, 2016 — A tenuous grasp on the second roundtopofthecircle

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:18:14 +0000

Four years ago, the U.S. women’s junior national field hockey team met the defending champions, Holland, in the opening round of the Junior World Cup, losing 5-1. Yesterday, the current batch of U-21s for the United States got off on the front foot against the two-time defending Junior World Cup champions thanks to a penalty […](image)


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Nov. 25, 2016 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Nov. 20topofthecircle

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:32:23 +0000

With the end of the domestic season last weekend, we give you one more Statwatch, the weekly look at the numbers that define field hockey across America. This week, we once again spotlight the young women who have been putting the ball into the goal cage with amazing regularity. The boomlet of players in the […](image)


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