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OHSAA State Field Hockey Preview
 November 4-5, 2011

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2011 State Field Hockey Tournament Preview

The 2011 OHSAA State Field Hockey Tournament will be held this weekend at Upper Arlington High School. The two semifinal games will be held Friday Nov. 4, with the championship game taking place at 1 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 5.

Thomas Worthington (18-0-1) will face off against Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy (16-3-0) in the first semifinal game at 12 p.m.

The second semifinal game has Gahanna Columbus Academy (18-1-1) pitted against Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (14-2-2) at 2:30 p.m.

The first semifinal game is a rematch of the 2010 championship game in which St. Ursula defeated Thomas Worthington 1-0.  Led by the NFHS national field hockey coach of the year, Terri Simonetti-Frost, the Cardinals are hoping their solid season will help springboard them into the state finals for the second year in a row.

After beginning their season with a 2-2 record by playing two out-of-state field hockey powerhouses, the Bulldogs of St. Ursula have responded nicely and find themselves in the state tournament for the third consecutive year. They are playing some of their best field hockey right now after defeating Kettering Fairmont 2-1 in the state qualifying tournament after losing to them the second-to-last game of the year.

The Columbus Academy Vikings are also back in the state tournament for their 12th overall state appearance. This veteran roster, which contains 13 seniors, won their three state qualifying games by a total score of 24-0.

Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown, which has made an appearance in the state tournament every year since 2002, is hoping this year will be a repeat of their 2008 performance where they brought home the trophy. Their only two losses have come against Thomas Worthington and Columbus Bishop Watterson, which Thomas Worthington knocked out of the tournament. The Blazers have also won their three state qualifying games by a total score of 10-1.

Contact: Kristin Daugherty, kdaugherty@ohsaa.org

 

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