In theory, no high school field hockey, soccer, or volleyball team will be denied entry into the new statewide fall playoffs if there is damage and / or breakdown. Persistent currents caused by this week’s storm keep them from reaching .500 or better in the regular season. record required to qualify.
The MIAA tournament management committee, which manages all the playoffs, voted unanimously on Thursday to allow teams that have not hit a record 0.500 due to weather-related cancellations to ask the MIAA a place in the playoffs.
Under the state’s new plan for field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball tournaments, the top 32 teams (through the new power ranking system) from each division qualify for the playoffs, as well as any teams outside of the top 32 that finish with a .500 or better.
Thursday’s vote means that a team that, for example, finished 9-10 but suffered a storm-related cancellation this week will be treated as if they had reached the 10-10 threshold. This is similar to the exemption the tournament management committee previously granted for COVID-related cancellations which left teams with a win before qualifying.
The exemption does not apply to football since there is no backdoor qualification based on a record. In football, only the top 16 teams per division succeed, provided they have won at least three matches. Teams that finish in the top 16 with less than three wins are disqualified and will be replaced by the highest rated team outside of the top 16, provided that team has won at least three games.
Richard Pearson, the MIAA’s liaison to the Football Committee, clarified this point this week, adding that the replacement would not be a simple exchange in the bracket. If, for example, a team finishes 2-6 and was 14th in their divisional standings, they are eliminated, the No.15 seed moves up to the vacant 14th place, the No.16 seed moves up to 15th place now. vacant and the 17th seed (as long as she has at least three wins) gets the No.16 seed.
The Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association announced Thursday that the playoff standings and schedule for consolation games (involving teams that do not qualify for the playoffs) will be released between noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Brockton sporting director Kevin Karo said the Boxers had permission from the MIAA to host Durfee at 1 p.m. on Sunday in a storm rescheduled game.
At 2-5, Brockton needs a win to advance to the Division 1 playoffs. The Boxers are currently 14th in the power standings.
In other football news this week, a dispute over a possible New England Revolution MLS playoff game at Gillette Stadium has forced the MIAA to change the dates for state championship games there. The new calendar:
Wednesday December 1 – Games at 3 p.m., 5.30 p.m., 8 p.m.
Thursday December 2 – Games at 3 p.m., 5.30 p.m., 8 p.m.
Monday December 6 – Games at 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
The only advantage is that by spreading the eight games over three days, instead of two, the finals are expected to be played with 12-minute quarterbacks, which keeps them in sync with regular season games. . Previously, the state finals had been reduced to 10-minute quarterbacks to reduce all games. This year’s state finals were originally scheduled for Friday / Saturday December 3/4.
The Boston Herald was the first to report on the conflict and the new timeline. The MIAA has yet to announce which divisions are assigned on which day / time.
The seeds for the MIAA women’s volleyball playoffs will be made on Monday. The rankings for boys and girls soccer and field hockey will take place on Tuesday. Seeding meetings will not be open to the public or the media.
For those planning next season, the winter sports rosters (which schools are in which division for each sport) are now available on the MIAA website.
In action at high school Thursday:
Oliver Ames 3, North Attleboro 0: Senior Amanda Barth had seven aces on Senior Night to lead OA to a 25-20, 25-15, 25-18 victory that earned her the crown in the Davenport Division of the Hockomock League.Also featured: senior Hadley Rhodes (26 assists), sophomore Sarah Hilliard (18 kills, 16 digs) and senior Kelli Crowley (4 blocks).
In Tuesday’s 3-1 road win over Foxboro, junior Megan MacDonald played a defensive role. Other stars: Rhodes (28 assists), Maddie Homer (27 digs, 20 receptions), Hilliard (18 kills) and Claire O’Rourke (10 kills, 7 aces).
Quincy 3, Hingham 1: The Presidents (16-3) beat the Harborwomen, 24-26, 25-18, 25-8, 25-19, in Patriot League action. Quincy had 17 aces, 36 kills, 12 blocks and 59 team digs.
Christian Academy of the South Shore 3, Maimonides 0: Gianna Clapp had 20 service points for SSCA (11-6) in wins 25-8, 25-15, 25-16.
Township 3, Foxboro 0: The Bulldogs won on the road. Canton won in Senior Night on Tuesday, 3-0 over Sharon, thanks to the contribution of the nine members of the 2022 class. Katie Dever had 4 kills and a block, Syd Gallery made 7 kills, 4 digs and one block, and Jess Vo, Ella Lewis and Kelly MacDonald were solid defensively.
Blue Hills 6, former colony 0: Kathleen Murphy scored twice andEmily Lehane, a junior from Braintree, set a career goal mark at Blue Hills with a goal and an assist as the Warriors improved to 14-3-1. Lehane has 21 goals and 11 assists this season; his career tally of 74 broke the Warriors’ previous record of 72, set in 2008.
Rose Ferguson (Holbrook), Bella Prisco (Holbrook) and Isabella Pio (Randolph) added goals, and goaltender Mikeyla Roman signed her ninth shutout of the season. In Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Mount Alvernia, Murphy scored twice and Lehane added a goal and an assist.
Abington 6, Rising Tide 2 Charter: La Vague Verte won at the Senior Evening.
Plymouth South 1, Quincy North 0: Host Panthers (7-9-1) extended his winning streak to four games.
Weymouth 2, North Newton 1: On Tuesday, Riley Grable and Siobhan Etienne struck in the final five minutes as the Wildcats (5-10-1) rallied for a Bay State Conference victory.
Braintree 1, Natick 1: Senior midfielder Loli Morales scored the tying goal on Tuesday with 20 minutes remaining as the Wamps (3-11-2) drew with Bay State Conference central Natick. Morales is Braintree’s leading scorer with 4 goals and 3 assists. Jordyn Bello, Neille Tuite and Ciara Horan also played well.
Hingham 2, BC High 1: Cole Sampson and Thomas Healey scored as the Harbormens (15-1-1) rebounded to beat the Eagles (10-5-2) after suffering their first loss on Monday.
Archbishop Williams 4, Arlington Catholic 0: Senior Adam Stelljes had a hat trick, and rookie Antonio Guarino added a goal for the Bishops (7-8-2), who must win on Saturday to advance to the playoffs. Colby Carey added two assists.
Abington 1, Rising Tide Charter 1: Richard Galvao scored, assisted by Ian Graf, as the Green Wave (5-9-3) was tied outside the league.
Oliver Ames 1, North Attleboro 0: Casey Milliken scored an assist from Antonio Fernandes with less than five minutes to go for OA (12-3-2). First-year goaltender Drew Hall signed his first career shutout.
West Bridgewater 1, Middleboro 0: Tuesday, Derek Thorburn scored for the Wildcats (15-2-1).
Braintree 1, Brookline 1: Tessa Marston scored, assisted by Bridget Lee, for Braintree (8-7-2) tied. Goalies Angelina Barrett (3 saves) and Bella Corcoran (1 save) shared the time in goal.
Marshfield 2, Duxbury 1: On Tuesday, juniors Erin Boyd and Lyla Hunter scored for the Rams (Rams 11-4-3, 4-1-3 Patriot League).