Five must-watch Cecil County field hockey games of 2016
The 2016 high school field hockey season begins in less than a month. The Cecil Whig sports staff highlights the top five can’t-miss games of the upcoming year.
Bohemia Manor at Perryville Tuesday, Sept. 6, 3:30 p.m. When Bohemia Manor hosted Perryville last season in the second round of the 1A North Region playoffs, two things occurred: The Eagles’ seven-game winning streak was snapped and their season concluded in heartbreaking fashion.
Fortunately for Bo Manor, it won’t have to wait long to earn revenge. The Eagles open the season with a road game against the Panthers, providing both an exciting start to the new year and a possible playoff preview, although more than a month would separate the two contests should both teams play again.
Rising Sun at Elkton Tues, Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m. Last season, Elkton handed Rising Sun its only Susquehanna Division loss of the year when it topped the Tigers, 1-0, at University of Delaware. The Golden Elks scored on a goal by Gabby Arienzo with less than eight minutes remaining and goal keeper Fallon Katz held on to secure the victory.
The Rising Sun players will surely have revenge in the back of their minds when they travel to face Elkton, while the Elks will look to once again come out on top in the rematch.
On another note, both teams reside in the 2A North Region postseason bracket, making this regular-season meeting a potential playoff preview. Rising Sun at Bohemia Manor Thursday, Sept. 15, 3:30 p.m. Tied atop last season’s final Susquehanna Division standings with matching 6-1 records, Rising Sun captured the lower division crown on the strength of a onegoal, head-to-head victory over Bohemia Manor.
The Eagles will host the Tigers during the second week of the regular season. If recent history is any indication, a victory could very well result in a division championship.
Perryville at Patterson Mill Monday, Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m. It will take a car ride into Harford County to watch this field hockey match but it shouldn’t disappoint.
Perryville will travel to face Patterson Mill for the first time since the two Chesapeake Division foes battled in the 1A North Region Final last November. The Huskies outlasted the Panthers 1-0 in overtime, taking advantage of late penalties to score with a man advantage.
This is a new-look Panthers squad following the departure of All-County Coach of the Year Janet Candy and the graduation of four All-County players, including Player of the Year Kyleigh Knell. Although it’s a much different roster, the Cecil squad is hoping to be just as competitive as last year’s team, which came within a win of the state tournament. North East vs. Elkton Monday, Oct. 10, TBD Cecil County field hockey returns to University of Delaware in early October and the showdown between North East and Elkton is one of several contests that will take place under the bright lights of Rullo Field.
The Golden Elks shut out the Indians last season, defeating their local rivals 4-0. Therefore, North East would like nothing more than to top Elkton in the rematch before a larger crowd and on a larger stage. The contest will also be a playoff primer for both teams as there will only be one week remaining between the game at UD and the start of the postseason.
A rematch between Perryville and Bohemia Manor highlights the opening week of Cecil County high school field hockey.