Re: MIAA Tourney Scores
posted at 11/11/2010 12:13 PM EST
In Response to Re: MIAA Tourney Scores
In Response to Re: MIAA Tourney Scores : Sorry, not sure I fully understand your question, but I'll try to answer. I'm guessing you wanted my thoughts on D-2N going forward, which includes all the teams left. North Andover, Winchester, Arlington, Concord-Carlisle. The first thing that has caught my eye is Arlington with a home game against higher seeded Winchester. I really don't have an answer for this. Honestly, they really need to hire a tournament director for soccer, someone that knows the team's, knows the atmosphere etc. It's at this point, between the unbalanced teams(south, north etc), random seeding, back to back games and now giving lower seeds a home game, which makes me question the MIAA's competence in running a fair and balanced tournament. Concord-Carlisle has a slight advantage being closer to home and having played on AB's turf before. Concord-Carlisle and Winchester win easy, but you probably knew that. In regards for N. Andover to have a chance, they have a history in the tournament of allowing a lot of goals, with the exception of this season. Both of their wins were 1-0, which gives them a fighting chance. Tarbox mentioned before the season he didn't have the offensive weapons from last season, so maybe they are going with a more defensive alignment. If N. Andover is hoping to have a chance, they really need to figure out a way to shut the CC attack down. Arlington has a history of going out early in the tournament, so to see them here is a bit of a surprise. You never know which Arlington team is going to show up. This year they have been quite inconsistent, however have won when they needed to. Home field advantage gives them a fighting chance. Winchester just got by Belmont, so it could be a sign they're tiring possibly. Oddly, first game they just got by Lynn Classical, outside of one player really isn't very good. But then won convincingly over two pretty good teams in MC and Pentucket. 15-20 years ago I would've said zero chance, but more parity, deeper benches gives them a chance.
Posted by AlexFilides
I agree Alex, what a debacle the MIAA has made of this tournament. I was talking to my son's former coach and he was livid at the ineptness of the directors of this tournament. He gave me two names Nancy Martins and William McGuirk. If I did such a poor job at my profession, I would be put on administrative leave. I don't think the goal is to hold these two accountable for their poor judgement. What is the major issue is to establish rules to see that even though incompetent individuals are at the helm, schools can revert to an established set of rules to protect the interests of the participants involved. Two revisions I would propose would be.
1. No team should have to compete in two tournament games within a 20 hour period.
2. The higher seeded team will retain home field advantage. Within a designated time, 6 hours before game time, if the field is deemed not worthy of holding the match, the higher seeded team shall provide an alternative site. If the alternate field is not available the MIAA director shall designate a preselected playing field.
The language isn't great but you get what I mean.