EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 23, 2012

Pinkerton field hockey earns top seed

Pinkerton, Timberlane also in contention for crown


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Top-seed Merrimack and No. 2 Salem, both with 17-1 records, could be headed for a rematch after nearly two months of competition in the Division 1 state tournament, which opens at 6 p.m. tomorrow with eight games.

That would make the Blue Devils mighty happy. They would love some revenge after opening the season at Merrimack by getting swept in three games. Since then, under new coach John Roemer, they have won 17 straight games. Merrimack’s only loss was to No. 7 seed Bishop Guertin.

Anxious to spoil the chance at redemption are No. 5 Pinkerton, which is led by Player of the Year nominee Brenna McNally, and No. 6 Timberlane, both of which sport 13-5 records. Timberlane is led by Cassidy Cefalo, Mikki Taffe and junior Christina Nye.

Quarterfinals will be held Saturday at the site of the highest seed while the semifinals (Oct. 31) and finals (Nov. 3) will be held at Pinkerton Academy.

In Division 2, Windham is the No. 4 seed and will open Thursday at home against Souhegan. St. Thomas (16-0) is the top seed and a big favorite to win it all, followed by No. 2 seed Gilford.

Pelham is seeded 15th and will open at Gilford.

Division 1

SEEDINGS: 1. Merrimack 17-1, 2. Salem 17-1, 3. Dover 15-3, 4. Goffstown 14-4, 5. Pinkerton 13-5, 6. Timberlane 13-5, 7. Bishop Guertin 12-6, 8. Nashua North 12-6, 9. Hollis-Brookline 11-7, 10. Spaulding 10-8, 11. Bedford 9-9, 12., 13. Londonderry 7-11, 13. Exeter 12-6, 15. Nashua South 5-13, 16. Winnacunnet 4-14

First Round

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Game 1: Merrimack at Winnacunnet, Game 2: Hollis-Brookline at Bishop Guertin, Game 3: Londonerry at Goffstown, Game 4: Alvirne at Pinkerton, Game 5: Nashua South at Salem, Game 6: Spaulding at Nashua North, Game 7: Exeter at Dover, Game 8: Bedford at Timberlane

Quarterfinals

Saturday, 6 p.m., home of highest seed

Game 9: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner; Game 10: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner; Game 11: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner; Game 12: Game 7 winner vs. game 8 winner

Semifinals

Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Pinkerton Academy

Game 13: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 7 p.m.; Game 14: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 5 p.m.

Finals

Saturday, Nov. 3 at Pinkerton, 5 p.m.

Division 2

SEEDINGS: 1. St. Thomas 16-0, 2. Gilford 15-1, 3. Milford 13-3, 4. Windham 12-4, 5. Coe-Brown 11-5, 6. Oyster River 1-=6, 7. Somersworth 9-7, 8. Hanover 9-7, 9. Kingswood 8-8, 10. Fall Mountain 8-8, 11. Portsmouth 6-10, ,12. Laconia 5-12, 13. Souhegan 5-11, 14. Plymouth 4-12, 15. Pelham 4-12, 16. Kennett 0-16

First Round

Thursday, 6 p.m.

Game 1: Kennett at St. Thomas; Game 2: Kingswood at Hanover; Game 3: Souhegan at Windham; Game 4: Laconia at Coe-Brown; Game 5: Pelham at Gilford; Game 6: Fall Mountain at Somersworth; Game 7: Plymouth at Milford; Game 8: Portsmouth at Oyster River

Quarterfinals

Saturday, 6 p.m., home of highest seed

Game 9: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner; Game 10: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner; Game 11: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner; Game 12: Game 7 winner vs. game 8 winner

Semifinals

Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Pinkerton

Game 13: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 7 p.m.; Game 14: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 5 p.m.

Finals

Saturday, Nov. 3 at Pinkerton, 7 p.m.