Field hockey Top 10: Chesapeake enters the rankings; Westfield still No. 1

Chesapeake celebrates its 3-1 win over Westminster in the 2016 Maryland 3A state championship. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Chesapeake has flown under the radar this season, which started with a 2-1 loss to Severna Park on Sept. 9. Ten games – and nine victories – later, the Cougars and Falcons met again Tuesday night, this time with Chesapeake earning the 1-0 victory. Senior Logan Beal, who is verbally committed to American, sent the Senior Night fans home happy thanks to an early second half goal.

The victory means the Cougars, the defending Maryland 3A state champions, enter the rankings for the first time this season. They check in at the No. 3 spot behind Severna Park at No. 2. Westfield continues to be the most consistent team in the area and picked up a 7-0 win Tuesday over a Chantilly team that previously hadn’t allowed more than four goals all season. The Bulldogs hope their regular-season success will continue with the Concorde district playoffs looming next week.

1. Westfield (15-0) Last ranked: 1

Nicki McNamara scored two goals and added three assists, while Mackenzie Karl scored four goals in the Bulldogs’ 7-0 victory over Chantilly.

2. Severna Park (9-1) LR: 2

After earning a big 2-1 win over Broadneck, the Falcons lost their first regular season matchup Tuesday, against Chesapeake. The teams could meet again in the Anne Arundel County championship.

3. Chesapeake (10-2) LR: NR

The Cougars have outscored opponents 23-4 since losing to Delmar (Del.) on Sept. 16.

4. Good Counsel (9-3) LR: 5

After grinding out a 5-4 victory over St. Mary’s Ryken, the Falcons can claim the top seed in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs with a win over Holy Cross.

5. Spalding (5-4) LR: 4

With a 1-0 loss to Roland Park, the Cavaliers have lost two of their past three games.

6. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (9-4) LR: 3

In between a 6-0 win over Madeira and a 1-0 victory of St. Catherine’s, the Saints fell to Cox, 3-0.

7. St. John’s (10-1) LR: 6

The Cadets have been on a scoring rampage since the Good Counsel loss, scoring 11 goals in three consecutive shutout victories.

8. W.T. Woodson (12-2) LR: 8

Emma Hartzler scored to push the Cavaliers past Fairfax, 1-0, for the second time this season.

9. Broadneck (5-3-1) LR: 7

After an impressive start to the season, the Bruins are slumping, with three losses in four games. They play Chesapeake next week in a game that could help restore their confidence.

10. Glenelg (7-2) LR: 9

The Gladiators feasted on lowly Centennial in a 7-0 win, with more difficult games against Atholton, Marriotts Ridge and River Hill looming to close out the regular season.

Dropped out: Arundel

On the bubble: Arundel, Langley, Churchill

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