In the Division 2 North girls’ lacrosse tournament last year, the top three seeds came from the Catholic Central League, and they were each bounced in the opening round.
With the new power-ranking system used to create the tournament pairings this season, outlined here, the three teams – St. Mary’s (18-0), Bishop Fenwick (13-4-1), and Arlington Catholic (15-3) – received much lower seeds, but still lost in the opening round.
No. 8 St. Mary’s had its undefeated season ended by No. 9 Wayland in a 16-7 loss, No. 11 Arlington Catholic was barely defeated by No. 6 Marblehead, 10-9, and No. 10 Fenwick couldn’t get past No. 7 Pentucket, losing 21-14.
But despite these three squads losing in the first round again, the new tournament pairings offered matchups between teams that appeared to be similar in skill.
“I actually like it,” said Fenwick coach Karen Guillemette after her team’s season ended on Wednesday. “I think it’s a better, fairer system. I think this was a good matchup for us. It gave us a good opportunity to win, even though we didn’t.”
Seven of the top eight seeds advanced in the first round of the Division 2 North, and seven of the top eight remained in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 North, both signs that the new system is working.
In the South, seven of the top eight remain in Division 1, while all eight top seeds made it to the quarter finals of Division 2.
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