The Ocean City and St. Joseph high school field hockey teams will play for state championships today in different divisions at The College of New Jersey in Ewing Township.
St. Joseph, 23-1 and ranked ninth in The Press Elite 11, takes on powerful Oak Knoll (23-0), one of the state's top-ranked teams, at 10 a.m. for the state Group I championship.
Ocean City (20-1), the Elite 11's third-ranked team, meets Warren Hills Regional (22-2) at 2 p.m. for the state Group III title.
St. Joseph is led by junior Emily DeMarco, who scored all three goals as the Wildcats beat Maple Shade 3-1 Friday in a state Group I semifinal at Egg Harbor Township High School.
St. Joe lost to Oak Knoll 8-2 in 2010 in its only other state final appearance.
Oak Knoll got a challenge from Montclair Kimberly in the North Jersey Group I semifinal, but triumphed 3-2 in overtime.
Ocean City topped Moorestown 3-2 in the Group III state in the first minute of overtime at EHT on Friday on a goal by Leah Davies.
Warren Hill outslugged West Morris 6-4 in the North Jersey Group III semifinal.
DeMarco leads the area with 42 goals. The Wildcats also feature Gina Smith, Marielena Dottoli, Molly Mullee, Carlina Sacco and goalie Becky Boffo.
Oak Knoll has Alexa Iammatteo, Allison Sayia, Ryan McCarthy, and goalkeepers Kate Morris and Colleen Conway.
Ocean City has several leaders, including Jacquie Fenton, Casey Hanna, Paige Broadely, Lauren McNally, Courtney Allen and goalie Katie Johnson. Warren Hills is led by Nikki Profita, and others are Jessica Nissen, Sydney Muntone, Niki Miller and goalie Katie Winkersteen.