“We have an athletic school, for sure, so I had to say, ‘Hey, we can be a field hockey school as well,’ ” Robinson said. “I’ve seen the growth of the game here, in this whole area, and it has been awesome.”
The D.C. area has not reached the level of traditional field hockey cradles. The only to games Langley (20-1-1) didn’t win were at a national invitational tournament in Conshohocken, Pa., in September. The Saxons tied Pennsylvania’s Perkiomen Valley, 0-0, and lost to Shenendehowa (N.Y.), 1-0, in overtime.
Still, the progress is clear. In Virginia, powerhouse programs typically hail from the southeastern region, home to a USA Field Hockey regional training center. Langley beat two southeastern teams (Western Branch and Kellam) en route to the state championship.
“With the strength of our area now, you’re playing a high level of competition all the time, which is what you want as a coach,” Robinson said. “You want wins, but you also want to be playing high-level teams, so when you get to the big stage, you’re ready for it.”
1. Langley (20-1-1) Last ranked: 2
The Virginia Class 6 champion Saxons allowed six goals all year, three in the regular season and three in the postseason.
2. Severna Park (16-2) LR: 3
The Falcons earned their first state title since 2015 (and 24th overall) with a 1-0 win against Dulaney in the Maryland 4A final.
3. Spalding (17-3-1) LR: 1
After a stellar regular season, the Cavaliers entered the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland tournament with the top seed, but they lost, 1-0, to Garrison Forest in the final.
4. Good Counsel (11-10) LR: 4
Senior Lauren Gerold led the Falcons with 21 goals this season, including the game-winner in a 3-2 overtime victory against St. John’s to secure the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.
5. Marriotts Ridge (12-3-1) LR: NR
Freshman Maisy Clevenger knocked in the lone score in the Mustangs’ 1-0 victory over Oakdale in the Maryland 2A title game.
6. Riverside (20-1) LR: NR
The Rams carried an undefeated record into their Virginia Class 5 semifinal matchup with Cox but fell, 2-1, to the Virginia Beach team.
7. St. John’s (15-3) LR: 7
While the Cadets made the WCAC final for the sixth season in a row, they lost the championship to Good Counsel for the second straight season.
8. Old Mill (10-6) LR: NR
Senior Kaiya Sabur recorded a goal or an assist in every game this season for the Patriots and played a key role in her team’s run to the Maryland 4A semifinals.
9. Woodson (18-2) LR: 6
The Cavaliers claimed the Virginia Region 6C title with a 1-0 overtime victory against Fairfax but suffered a 3-1 defeat against Kellam in the state semifinals.
10. Quince Orchard (13-3) LR: 8
With 18 goals and 15 assists this season, senior Zene Howard helped lead the Cougars to the Maryland 4A semifinals.
Dropped out: Fairfax (18-4) LR: 5; Huntingtown (14-1) LR: 9; Patuxent (12-4) LR: 10
On the bubble: Independence (14-7); River Hill (10-5-1)