Staff Report

After a 3-2 loss against Egg Harbor Township on Sept. 17, the Ocean City field hockey team enjoyed an 11-game winning streak that featured five shutouts. That was broken up by a 3-2 defeat against Haddonfield in mid-October, but the Red Raiders have gotten on a roll again, winning their five straight, including a 2-1 win over Allentown in the South Jersey Group 3 quarterfinals on Tuesday.

That puts Ocean City, the No. 1 seed, into the semifinals against No. 4 Clearview, a 5-4 winner over No. 5 Cherry Hill West. The other semifinal features No. 2 Moorestown vs. No. 3 Hammonton on Friday. Ocean City has faced Hammonton twice this season, outscoring the Blue Devils 7-2 in a pair of victories.

Against Allentown, Ocean City got off to a 2-0 lead with a pair of second-quarter goals from Carly Hanin off assists from Brooke Hanley and Nicole Carey, and goalie Taryn Dolka made that stand up with four saves in the cage. The Redbirds got a goal from Kelly Noon in the third quarter but couldn’t get through Ocean City’s defense the rest of the way. Goalie Kylie Elefante made an astounding 22 saves for Allentown.

Here’s how the rest of the field hockey playoffs are stacking up:

South Jersey Group 4: This bracket has been anything but chalk, as a pair of double-digit seeds have crashed the party into the semifinals. No. 14 Washington Township slipped past No. 3 Egg Harbor Township, 1-0, in the opening round, then beat No. 6 Southern Regional by a goal in the quarterfinals to set up a date with No. 1 Eastern Regional in Friday’s semis. The other side of the bracket features No. 1 Kingsway vs. No. 12 Shawnee. The Renegades knocked off No. 5 Toms River North and then upset No. 4 Central Regional in the quarters.

SJG2: Three of the top four seeds in this tournament are out, as the semis feature No. 5 Ocean Township out of Monmouth County hosting No. 8 Seneca, and No. 2 Haddonfield hosting No. 6 Haddonfield. Haddonfield outscored Cedar Creek and Wall 10-0 on its way to the semis and Haddon Heights has outscored its two opponents 13-0. Seneca upset No. 1 Point Boro, 2-0, in the quarterfinals and is the highest seed still remaining.

SJG1: Top-seeded Lower Cape May has been on a roll, beating Gloucester and Gateway by a combined score of 8-1 in its first two rounds. The Caper Tigers will host No. 4 Collingswood in Thursday’s semifinal round. The other semifinal features No. 3 Woodstown against No. 10 Haddon Township. Haddon Township upset No. 7 Schalick and No. 2 Cinnaminson on its way to the semis.

Non-Public South: No. 2 St. Joseph Academy looks to punch its ticket to the semis when it hosts No. 10 Paul VI today at 2 p.m. Also on that side of the bracket, third-seeded Bishop Eustace takes on No. 6 OLMA. On the other side, top-seeded Camden Catholic hosts No. 9 Holy Spirit, a 1-0 upset winner over No. 8 Moorestown Friends in the opening round, and No. 4 Notre Dame takes on No. 5 St. Rose of Monmouth County.