Spotsylvania County schools Courtland and Chancellor sit just over five miles from each other, and the two have developed one of the fiercest field hockey rivalries in the state. They will meet for the second time this season on Monday.
"There's just an electricity at our games that we don't find anywhere else," Chancellor Coach Jim Larkin said.
Last season, the two Battlefield District schools met five times, with Courtland winning the rubber match in the Virginia AA championship, 4-3, on a penalty stroke in the game's final minute.
In mid-September, Courtland (9-2, 6-1) scored three goals in the final 10 minutes to prevail, 3-2. Cougars senior Haylee Gunnoe notching the winning score in that game as well as in last year's state championship.
"Chancellor comes out big, fast and aggressive, so my girls know that they need to fight to the end," Courtland Coach Amy Anderson said. "We don't want to be known as a second-half team, but we do want to be known as the team that finishes."
Chancellor (10-1, 7-1) is led by juniors Lara Cariker and Jenna Cinalli, who each have 28 points on the season.
-- Liam Dillon