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October 30, 2012

Pinkerton field hockey earns top seed

Two-time defending Division 1 field hockey state champion Andover has had peaks and valleys throughout the season, but the Warriors still have visions of a three-peat.

In order to reach that lofty goal, the No. 5-seed Warriors (13-2-3) have plenty of obstacles, including in Friday’s first-round Div. 1 North matchup at home against local rival and No. 12-seed North Andover (6-3-9), a team that has given them trouble this year. In two matchups, both ended in 2-2 ties.

Andover, led by Jaclyn Torres, Meagan Keefe, Bridget Morris and Weezie Gross, boats one of the top offenses in the state, but the Knights sport a stingy defense and can not be overlooked.

Of the top four seeds, Andover tied No. 1 Beverly (16-1-1) two weeks ago and split games with No. 4 Chelmsford (15-2-1).

In preliminary round games Thursday, Central Catholic (9-7-2) hosts Concord-Carlisle and Methuen (9-8-1) travels to Weston.

In Division 2 North, No. 10-seed Pentucket (9-8-1) opens at Lynnfield (11-4-3) Thursday. The Cape Ann League rivals battled to a scoreless tie earlier in the month.

Perennial power Watertown (18-0) is the top seed in Division 2, followed by Manchester Essex (16-1-1), which beat Pentucket 1-0 during the regular season.

Division 1 North

SEEDINGS: 1. Beverly 16-1-1, 2, Masconomet 15-0-3, 3. Acton-Boxboro 16-1-1, 4. Chelmsford 15-2-1, 5. Andover 13-2-3, 6. Lexington 11-3-2, 7. Newton North 12-3-3, 8. Westford 11-2-5, 9. Lincoln-Sudbury 12-3-3, 10. Peabody 10-5-3, 11. Danvers 9-6-3, 12. North Andover 6-3-9, 13. Lowell 8-6-4, 14. Central Catholic 9-7-2, 15. Reading 8-6-4, 16. Weston 7-6-5, 17. Methuen 9-8-1, 18. Needham 8-9-3, 19. Concord-Carlisle 6-7-5

Preliminary Round

Thursday, Nov. 1

Game 1: Methuen at Weston, 2:15 p.m.; Game 2: Needham at Reading, 4 p.m.; Game 3: Concord-Carlisle at Central Catholic, TBA

First Round

Game 4: Winner of Game 1 at Beverly, Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m.; Game 5: Lincoln-Sudbury at Westford, Nov. 2, 2:15 p.m., Game 6: Lowell at Chelmsford, Nov. 2, 2:15 p.m.; Game 7: North Andover at Andover, Nov. 2, 2:30 p.m.; Game 8: Winner Game 2 at Masconomet, Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m.; Game 9: Peabody at Newton North, Nov. 2, 2 p.m.; Game 10: Winner Game 3 at Acton-Boxboro, Nov. 3, 6 p.m.; Game 11: Danvers at Lexington, Nov. 2, 2:15 p.m.

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