Field hockey’s sectional seedings, which were determined Tuesday, offered few surprises.
Defending state champion Lakeland, which is undefeated, heads 14-team Class B, while Rye, with one loss, is seeded second.
Both those teams will have a bye when Class B opens play this Friday with six games scheduled.
The highest seeded team to play Friday in Class B will be No. 3 Byram Hills, which will host No. 14 Sleepy Hollow.
In all cases, the higher-seeded team will host games until the finals, which will be played November 5 at Brewster High for all three classes.
Game times are still to be determined.
Class C, the smallest class with 10 teams qualifying for sectional play, will open play Saturday with just two games.
Bronxville is seeded first in C and North Salem second but those teams will not play until October 30.
Class A, which saw 15 teams qualify, opens Monday.
Undefeated Mamaroneck is seeded first in A and two-loss Scarsdale (both losses to Mamaroneck) is seeded second.
Mamaroneck will not play until October 31 but Scarsdale will host No. 15 White Plains Monday.
Both qualification and seedings, once qualified, were determined not just by record but also by strength of schedule. Teams were awarded four points for a win, two points for a tie. But on top of that, they received two points for playing a New York-based team win a .750 or greater winning percentage and one point for playing an in-state team with a .500 or better winning percentage. As a result, a team would be awarded two points even if losing to a top New York team.
“It encourages teams to play stronger teams,” Section 1 field hockey coordinator Sue Hughes explained.
The following are this year’s seedings and schedule:
1. Lakeland 2. Rye 3. Byram Hills 4. Pearl River 5. John Jay-Cross River 6. Nyack 7. Pelham 8. Harrison 9. Yorktown 10 Brewster 11. Nanuet 12. Somers 13. Putnam Valley 14. Sleepy Hollow
Lakeland (1) Bye
Rye (2) Bye
Sleepy Hollow (14) at Byram Hills (3)
Putnam Valley (13) at Pearl River (4)
Somers (12) at John Jay-Cross River (5)
Nanuet (11) at Nyack( 6)
Brewster (10) at Pelham (7)
Yorktown (9) at Harrison (8)
Class B’s second round is Tuesday, October 29 ; semifinals Friday, November 1 and finals Tuesday, November 5.
1. Bronxville 2. North Salem 3. Rye Neck 4. Pawling 5. Irvington 6. Pleasantville 7. Croton-Harmon 8. Valhalla 9. Hastings 10. Briarcliff
Hastings (9) at Valhalla (8)
Briarcliff (10) at Croton (7)
Second round, Wednesday, October 30
Winner of Hastings/Briarcliff at Bronxville (1)
Winner of Croton/Briarcliff at North Salem (2)
Pleasantville (6) at Rye Neck (3)
Irvington (5) at Pawling (4)
Class C semifinals are November 1. Finals are November 5
1.Mamaroneck 2. Scarsdale 3. Arlington 4. Mahopac 5. Horace Greeley 6. Ursuline 7. Suffern 8. Fox Lane 9. Clarkstown South 10. North Rockland 11. R.C. Ketcham 12. Ossining 13. Carmel 14. John Jay-East Fishkill 15. White Plains
Monday, October 28
Mamaroneck (1) Bye
White Plains (15) at Scarsdale (2)
John Jay-East Fishkill (14) at Arlington (3)
Carmel (13) at Mahopac (4)
Ossining (12) at Horace Greeley (5)
R.C. Ketcham (11) at Ursuline (6)
North Rockland (10) at Suffern (7)
Clarkstown South (9) at Fox Lane (8)
Class A second round is October 31. Semifinals are November 2. Finals are November 5.
In the event of a tie after regulation, a 10-minute, seven-on-seven period will be played. It’s sudden-victory, meaning one goal wins it. If the game is still tied, there will be another 10-minute, seven-on-seven.
If still tied, instead of the traditional strokes being used to determine the outcome, five shooters from each team will go one-on-one with the opposing goalie, starting from 25 yards out. The time limit is 10 seconds but shooters, who may carry the ball in tight to shoot or shoot from anywhere else, may pick up rebounds and shoot again as long as the 10 seconds have not expired.
If the game is still tied after the 10 shooters (the sides alternating shots) have shot, the same 10 shoot again—and again and again and again, if necessary, until one team wins.