Five must-watch Ce­cil County field hockey games of 2016

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

A re­match be­tween Per­ryville and Bo­hemia Manor high­lights the open­ing week of Ce­cil County high school field hockey.

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