Sectional seedings will be decided today.
But it won’t be as simple as you’re 16-0, so you’re number one.
Seedings will be based on record AND strength of schedule.
Think of it as being akin to college football. It’s possible that an undeafeated team could be seeded below a team with one loss or even two losses.
It will all come down to points, with extra points awarded for playing teams with better records.
The exception is out-of-state play. No extra points will be awarded, for instance, for playing a strong team like Darien, Ct.—which both Lakeland and Mamaroneck did.
So the calculators will be in use this morning. Results will be made public this afternoon and will subsequently be posted here.
But here’s a look at how the regular season closed yesterday, starting with Mamaroneck’s 2-0 win over Rye.
Host Mamaroneck scored two second-half goals to beat Rye and finish 15-0-1 (its tie being 0-0 to Darien).
With 27:20 remaining in the second half, senior defensive back Greta Massey broke the scoreless tie, scoring the first goal of her career off a corner and an assist from Ellie Seid.
The corner was set up moments earlier by a steal by Greer Thelander.
Massey’s shot was deflected in front by a Rye defender, leaving Rye netminder Brenna Smith (eight saves) with zero chance of stopping it.
Seid then scored at 15:45 off a corner and a Kimi Chiapparelli assist.
Rye put on a strong run late in the game but it saw two goals nullified.
Freshman Fusine Guvaert, who has been a huge points scorer for the Garnets, blasted a shot high that beat Tigers’ keeper Caroline Jensen (four saves, including a sprawling one off a rebound) with 10:18 left.
The problem was, given its speed, Guvaert’s shot was too high. A softer shot that landed up in the netting would have been a goal but this one was an untipped rocket and exceeded the 18-inch, maximum-height rule for such shots.
Senior Alex Bennett then saw her apparent goal with 4:20 left ruled no goal after one ref (the other said he didn’t see it) ruled Bennett’s shot clipped a foot in front before going in. This isn’t ice hockey: A ball striking a foot is dead.
Rye coach Emily Fitzgerald had no problem with the Govaert no-goal call but wasn’t happy with the call nixing Bennett’s goal.
But she got what she hoped out of playing Mamaroneck, which Rye won’t face in sectionals because Mamaroneck is in a higher-enrollment class.
Sure, this was Rye’s first loss but Fitzgerald said she didn’t consider it a blemish on an otherwise perfect season.
“We always want to schedule hard games to get ready for sectionals,” she explained.
Rye, which has had problems with away games this seasons, started “a little flat” but had made adjustments against the Tigers.
“Even though it was a loss, it was good game for us right before sectionals,” Fitzgerald said.
Mamaroneck coach John Savage also likes using the Garnets as a sectional tune-up.
“We always play Rye and try to make it the last game because of the quality of their program,” he said, noting Rye’s history includes four state titles.
Savage said he likes his team’s team-play and coverage of lanes.
“In the circle, we match up quite well and if we mess up, Caroline Jensen is there to clear,” he said.
Monday night, he noted, his squad double-teamed the high-scoring Govaert and Bennett.
“We took away the middle. That was key,” he said.
The game marked Mamaroneck’s remarkable 14th shutout of the season.
“Our goal this season was not to let anyone score,” noted Chiapparelli, a junior. “We try not to let them get past the 50 or 25. Our forwards always come back (on defense to help). Ellie, Karen and Lizzie (Clarke) run so much.”
Another thing Chiapparelli likes is that Mamaroneck offers a varied offense, with multiple weapons.
“I love that it’s never one person taking the ball up. Everyone has their own skills. We all trust and complement each other,” she said.
Monday was an example of that with Massey finding the net on her third year on varsity.
At the half, Massey told her squad that on corners (Mamaroneck finished with seven to Rye’s four), Rye’s defense wasn’t coming out at her. If Massey gets the ball off a corner, she usually looks to pass. But the Garnets’ approach gave her a better shot at taking a shot, so that’s what she did.
“We just love to share the ball with each other,” said Massey, who noted finishing undefeated by tying Darien 0-0 after losing their only game of the season last year to it was sweet.
Massey’s expecting Mamaroneck to follow the same approach in sectionals that helped it to its 15-0-1 season mark.
“We think every game is the most important game of the season. We come out strong every game,” she said.
Arlington 2, Carmel 1
Caitlin Murphy scored for the Rams off an assist from Kelly Elwood.
Briarcliff 3, Irvington 0
Julia Bloom scored a pair of goals and Erika Zirman added one for the Bears.
Melanie Prinz assisted on all three.
Michelle Rotondo had four saves for Briarcliff.
Bronxville 6, John Jay-East Fishkill 2
Gretchan Richter tallied a hat trick and had two assists for the Broncos.
Teammates Helen Wood, Caroline DePaul and Briana Alberghine also scored.
Charlotte Reynolds had two assists and Caroline Cahaney one.
Chase Judkins had two saves for the Broncos.
Clarkstown South 4, Clarkstown North 0
Kiersten Ahle and Amanda Heim each scored a pair of goals of the Vikings.
Emma Dempsey and Sarah Durning had assists.
Rebecca Fliegel had a strong game in net for Clarkstown North with 21 saves and Sarah Donnelly had two for Clarkstown South.
Harrison 2, White Plains 0
Michelle DeLeo and Taylor Fabiani scored.
DeLeo and Grace Manning had the assists.
Christina Decarlo registered 10 saves for the shutout. Zoe Shannon also stopped 10 shots for White Plains.
Lakeland 6, Somers 0
The Hornets finished off a perfect, 16-0 season behind Molly Fitzpatrick’s hat trick.
Meghan Fahey, Emily Power and Gab Celentano also scored.
Sarah Bard and Dana Bozek each had two assists and Fitzpatrick and Kimmie Brisco each had one.
The Tuskers had no shots on net. Their goalie, Claire Johnson, had nine saves.
Nanuet 4, Sleepy Hollow 0
Nanuet won its fifth game of the season behind two goals by Rachel Gold and solo goals by Sandra Kola and Jaclyn Vormitagg.
Kiera Young, Carley Davin (in her first game back after suffering a concussion in a car crash) and Jenna Conroy had assists.
Kelsey Pugh had two saves for Nanuet.
Pelham 3, Rye Neck 2
Julia Kavanagh scored two goals and Chandler Solimine one for the Pelicans.
Addie Martin assisted on both Kavanagh goals.
Briana Cefaloni and Claire Julian scored for Rye Neck with Nicole Miller getting one assist.
Rye Neck goalie Julia Gutterman stopped 15 shots and Pelham’s Mary Kilfeather stopped 10.
Rye Country Day 9, Riverdale 0
Natalie Needle scored four goals and Mariana Lee three to pace the Wildcats.
Sophie Grayer and Emily Duarte also scored.
Duarte had four assists and Lee one.
Melanie Mandell had one save for Rye Country Day.
Margaret Stone stopped six shots for Riverdale.
Scarsdale 2, Horace Greeley 1
Scarsdale notched its 14th win of the year against only two losses despite a 16-save effort by Greeley’s Olivia Harris.
Eliza Brosgol and Julia Ross scored for the Raiders. Erin Nicholas and Caroline Knapp had assists.
Megan Graham scored for the Quakers.
Leah Cannon had six saves for Scarsdale.
Ursuline 7, Edgemont 0
Quinn Murphy scored a pair of goals and Kealy Moyna, Meghan Lundin, Katie Leonard and Lindsey Andreana each had one.
Sarah Gies had an assist.
Danielle Fucci had three saves and Amanda Buongiorno had two for Ursuline.
Yorktown 3, Putnam Valley 1
Isabelle Perry notched a pair of goals and Katie Comerford also scored for the Cornhuskers.
Stephanie Wagner scored for Putnam Valley.
Sam Cunningham had eight saves for the Tigers and Bianca Dente stopped seven shots for Yorktown.