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HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY: 6A, 5A and 4A capsules
6A STATE SEMIFINALS
Friday’s games (2 p.m.): Westfield (20–2) vs. Stafford (17–3); First Colonial (20–1) vs. Fairfax (19–4)
What to watch for: First Colonial is seeking its third straight state title, having won the last two Group AAA tournaments against Cox in 2012 and the Indians in 2011. The Patriots’ only loss this year was to 4A semifinalist Lakeland, and they’ve outscored opponents 127–9.
Westfield beat Fairfax 2–1 in an overtime thriller in the 6A–North final. Katie Winesett leads the way with 34 goals and defender Rachael Ulsh is a key cog.
5A STATE SEMIFINALS
Friday’s games (noon): Mountain View (19–1) vs. Lee–Davis (19–2); Gloucester (21–0) vs. Orange (11–7)
What to watch for: One of these teams will win their school’s state field hockey championship. Mountain View reached the Group AAA final in 2010 and 2009. The Wildcats’ lone loss was to 6A semifinalist Westfield, and Mountain View has steamrolled all six of its postseason opponents. Orange was a frequent state tournament participant in Group AA/A, and played in that level’s first official state final, in 2000.
Gloucester didn’t allow a single goal in its first 13 games of the season. It trailed Kellam 3–0 with 18 minutes to play in the 5A–South semifinals before staging a huge rally.
Lee–Davis has a senior-laden lineup. It fell to Gloucester 3–0 in the region championship game.
4A STATE SEMIFINALS
Friday’s games (10 a.m.): James Monroe (19–3) vs. Lakeland (21–0); Chancellor (20–1) vs. Tabb (17–2)
What to watch for: The Chancellor–Tabb game is a rematch of last year’s Group AA/A state championship. The Tigers won four straight state titles before being dethroned by the Chargers in overtime last year.
Tabb’s two losses this year were to private school Collegiate and Lakeland in last week’s region championship game.
Lakeland has taken on and defeated even the state’s top 6A teams. It has outscored opponents 163–11 this year, led by Summer Parker (54 goals, 22 assists).