Field Hockey: Riverside Holds Strong at No. 1 in the LoCo Top 5


Loudoun County, Va. — As the high school field hockey season heats up in Loudoun County, one local team has continued to stand out from the crowd, while several others are potential contenders. In a three-district county, we wanted a way to put things into perspective. Enter: the LoCo Top 5.

Of course, if you’re into hard numbers, check out the full Cedar Run District, Potomac District, and Dulles District standings.

1. Riverside (0-0, 9-0)

The Riverside Rams once again cruised past the local competition. This past week Riverside defeated No. 3 Dominion, 6-0, getting goals from five different players and also defeated Tuscarora, 6-0, with both games shortened at the halfway point of the second half.

Next up: Riverside plays Loudoun County at Broad Run on September 23 at 6:45 p.m.

2. Heritage (0-0, 7-1)

The Heritage Pride had a week off but come back with three games this week.

Next up: Heritage plays No. 5 Freedom at Rock Ridge on September 23 at 6:45 p.m.

3. Dominion (1-0, 7-1)

The Dominion Titans won’t be penalized in the LoCo Top 5 after getting shut out by No. 1 Riverside, 6-0. Dominion followed up on the loss to Riverside with wins over Park View, 6-0, and Rock Ridge, 4-0.

Next up: Dominion plays Potomac Falls at John Champe on September 24 at 6:45 p.m.

4. Broad Run (0-0, 5-3) +1

All of the competition in Loudoun should be very concerned about playing Broad Run. The Spartans are quietly undefeated in county. In Broad Run’s only game this past week, they blanked Woodgrove, 3-0.

Next up: Broad Run hosts Stone Bridge on September 23 at 5:30 p.m.

5. Freedom (0-0, 7-1) +2

The Freedom Eagles jump back into the LoCo Top 5 in convincing fashion with two wins over good teams this week: a 3-2 thriller in sudden victory OT against Independence and a 2-1 win over Loudoun County.

Next up: Freedom plays No. 2 Heritage at Rock Ridge on September 23 at 6:45 p.m.

On the bubble: Independence (0-0, 4-3), Loudoun Valley (0-0, 5-2), Woodgrove (0-0, 4-3)


About Author

Keil Ritterpusch

Keil “Coach Keil” Ritterpusch has a passion for all things involving sports. Keil spent the last eleven years coaching field hockey in Loudoun County. He started as a rec league coach for Loudoun Field Hockey Association, then was a rec league coach for Potomac Field Hockey, where he helped to found, build from the ground up, and coach the Briar Woods High School field hockey club — before Loudoun County added varsity hockey. Keil was the first varsity head coach at Briar Woods, doing double duty for two years as an export compliance and licensing lawyer and a varsity head coach. In addition to rec league and varsity coaching, Keil has coached with the Metro Field Hockey Club and the Rapids Field Hockey Club and was a founding board member for the Loudoun County League. In addition to coaching, Keil has been an active umpire for LCL for six years. Finally, Keil plays in the Washington Field Hockey Association adult league with his son, Wilson, a sophomore at Heritage HS.

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