Finally, I get around to doing another power poll

Field hockey is getting interesting

here's how I see it

October 04, 2011

I'm going to keep my normally wordy intro brief this time, because I'm past deadline already, and just say this: The UCBAC's divisional field hockey competition, especially what I've seen in the Chesapeake, has been downright exciting. In the upper division games featuring Harford County teams, I don't think there's been a goal differential higher than four, with the majority having been decided by one or two tallies. There's plenty of good matchups to come, so this list will almost certainly change before the end of the season, or maybe I'm so well attuned that it will stay exactly the same. I'd put my money on the former. As it stands now, taking into account all games played through Monday, here's the latest field hockey power rankings:

1. Fallston: The Cougars, ranked second on my season-opening poll, have been living dangerously lately, beating C. Milton Wright 1-0 in overtime on Friday, two days after they beat North Harford 2-1 in overtime, and one week after they opened their Chesapeake Division schedule with a 4-2 win over Bel Air. Yes, they lost to a strong Hereford 2-1 on Monday in, you guessed it, overtime, but I'm putting them at the top by merit of knocking off three upper division opponents in a row.

2. Patterson Mill: Also unbeaten in the Chesapeake at 2-0, the Huskies dropped North Harford 3-1 on Friday, started divisional play with a 5-2 defeat of Bo Manor, and have topped Notre Dame Prep, Perry Hall and Towson along the way. The test will come next Wednesday, when the Huskies host Fallston, in what I think will be the game that decides who takes the Chesapeake crown.

3. C. Milton Wright: Unbeaten prior to Friday's matchup with Fallston, the Mustangs took the Cougars to the limit, only losing when Fallston scored the game's only goal in overtime. A win in tonight's home matchup with Patterson Mill would raise the Mustangs' stock quite a bit.

4. North Harford: The Hawks also gave Fallston a test, losing 2-1 to the Cougars in an overtime battle, and were beaten by Patterson Mill last week. This coming Friday, the Hawks, who I think will even their divisional record with a win today over Bo Manor, will square off with Bel Air, in what should be a close one.

5. Bel Air: Left out of the "took Fallston to overtime" club when they were knocked off 4-2 by the Cougars last week, Bel Air, like C. Milton Wright, is 5-1 overall, with the loss to Fallston being the lone check in their "L" column. As I just mentioned, tonight's matchup with North Harford will be good.

6. Aberdeen: The only Harford County team with a spotless (2-0) Susquehanna Division mark, the Eagles topped Chesapeake team Bo Manor 1-0 a few weeks ago. They were supposed to play with lower division powerhouse Rising Sun on Friday, but the game was postponed until Oct. 19. The Eagles have to win that one if they want to finish on top.

7. Harford Tech: The 2-2-1 Cobras had back-to-back games that went to penalty strokes, one of which ended with a loss to Aberdeen, and the other winding up a tie with Bo Manor.

8. Edgewood: The Rams topped Joppatowne 2-0 on Monday, and have a tough match with Perryville coming up on Friday.

9. Joppatowne: A shutout loss to Edgewood dropped the Mariners down a notch. They play Rising Sun on Friday, and that one might be a blowout.

10. Havre de Grace: The Warriors scored their first goal of the season last Wednesday in a 3-1 loss to Edgewood. Just going on memory, that may be the first time Havre de Grace has scored since the 2008 season.

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