Eastern (N.J.) opens regular season atop USA TODAY/MAXFieldHockey.com Super 25

Eastern (N.J.) opens regular season atop USA TODAY/MAXFieldHockey.com Super 25

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Eastern (N.J.) opens regular season atop USA TODAY/MAXFieldHockey.com Super 25

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National power Eastern Regional (Voorhees, N.J.) is No. 1 in the first USA TODAY High School Sports/MAXFieldHockey.com Super 25 rankings of the regular season.

Eastern, which was No. 1 in the preseason rankings, has opened its season by outscoring its opponents 23-1 with 10 different players contributing goals. Senior Nikki Santore (a Rutgers commit) leads the team with six goals.

Palmya Area (Palmyra, Pa.) is No. 2 and is 4-0. Eight different players have scored, paced by Lexi Smith with five goals.

No. 3 Watertown (Mass.) has extended its unbeaten streak to 140 games and shut out its opponent for the 27th consecutive game. Junior Kourtney Kennedy (a UConn commit) has six goals through the first two games.

Episcopal Academy (Newtown, Pa.) and Lakeland (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) round out the top five.

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The biggest mover in the Super 25 from the preseason is Frank W. Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.), which dropped from No. 3 to No. 18. The Virginia Beach area has some outstanding programs this season so there could be some shuffling as the season goes on that would impact the national rankings. Norfolk Academy (the VISAA Division I champion last year) beat Frank W. Cox this season for the first time in the history of the program and enters the rankings at No. 17.

Also in Virginia Beach, First Colonial has moved up from No. 8 in the preseason to No. 6. The team already has beaten Norfolk Academy and Princess Anne (the state Group 5A champions). They are led by Duke commit Haley Schleicher (the nation’s all-time assist leader).

Joining Norfolk Academy among newcomers to the Super 25: No. 21 Emmaus (Pa.), No. 22 Trinity Episcopal (Richmond, Va.), No. 23 Glastonbury (Conn.), No. 24 Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville)) and No. 25 Colorado Academy (Denver).

Emmaus hit a huge milestone went coach Sue Batz-Stavin became the nation’s all-time winningest coach with Win No. 840. The previous mark was held by retired coach Nancy Williams of Shore Regional in New Jersey. Also in that game, Emmaus junior Meredith Sholder (a North Carolina commit) scored her 100th career goal.

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