WEST SPRINGFIELD — The MIAA held seeding meetings on Friday for the upcoming boys and girls lacrosse tournaments, and seven Berkshire County teams will vie for sectional titles starting next week.
Five boys teams and two girls teams qualified for postseason play. The Mount Greylock boys and girls received the highest seeds for county teams, with the boys earning the No. 1 seed in the Central/West Division III tournament, while the girls are seeded seventh in the Central/West Division II tournament.
"It's exciting to get the 1-seed," boys coach Brandon Asplundh said. "It's going to be a really tough tournament, but it's great to earn that as a result of our great season."
All first-round games are scheduled to be played on Tuesday or Wednesday, although first- and second-round dates are subject to change.
Central/West Boys Division III
The Mountie boys, who finished 16-1 overall and 10-0 in the county, are one of four Berkshire League teams in the D-III field. The Wahconah boys earned the No. 6 seed after an 11-8 campaign and will host No. 11 Granby (8-8) in the first round on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It will be part of a doubleheader, with Wahconah's girls hosting at 5 p.m.
Wahconah beat Granby in Dalton earlier in the year, scoring a 9-2 decision on April 19.
Monument Mountain and Hoosac Valley, both making debuts in the postseason, will square off in the 8/9 matchup as the Spartans (9-8) host the Hurricanes (9-7) on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. This will be the third meeting between the sides after Hoosac won 11-10 in double overtime in the first game and the Spartans won 9-7 in the second.
"I think we are good, close-fit teams," Monument coach Rob Leary said. "I think we match up well against each other.
"It's that game to see who can come away with the two wins out of the three games, and actually take the season from the other."
The winner of that game will face Greylock in the second round.
"It's great to have so much representation in our tournament," Asplundh said of seeing another Berkshire County team in quarterfinals. "It's tough to see a team for a third time in a season, but we will focus up and get ready for whoever it is."
Greylock, No. 2 Grafton, No. 3 Nipmuc and No. 4 St. Bernard's earned byes through the first round. Grafton topped Mount Greylock 12-8 in last year's championship game.
Should Wahconah win, the Warriors would travel to Nipmuc in the second round.
Other first-round contests will be between No. 5 Pope Francis against No. 12 Nashoba Valley Tech and No. 7 Blackstone Valley Tech against No. 10 Montachusett Valley Tech.
Central/West Boys Division II
In the boys Division II tournament, Pittsfield (12-6) earned a No. 10 seed and a trip to No. 7 Westfield (13-5) on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
"I'm pretty happy we got a 10-seed," Pittsfield coach Scott Aitken said. "Westfield is going to be a pretty tough opponent for us."
The Generals have not faced the Bombers this year, but Westfield did record a 13-9 win over a Mount Greylock side that defeated Pittsfield twice.
"We haven't played them, but I know their attack is very good," Aitken said. "Other than that, I don't know too much about them. We'll go in with the usual gameplan, and hopefully give them a good run."
Minnechaug earned the top seed and will receive a bye into the second round, as will No. 2 Longmeadow. Longmeadow will host the Pittsfield/Westfield winner in the second round.
No. 3 Westborough will host No. 14 Chicopee, No. 4 St. John's (Shrewsbury) will host No. 13 Doherty, No. 5 Algonquin will welcome No. 12 Northampton, No. 6 Chicopee Comp will host No. 11 Wachusett and No. 8 Marlborough welcomes No. 9 Tantasqua.
Central/West Girls Division II
The Mounties earned the No. 7 seed after a 15-3 season, and the defending Berkshire League champions will host No. 10 Oakmont (8-8) in the first round on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Greylock coach Lindsey von Holtz said she has no clue what to expect from the school in Ashburnham.
"Completely going in blind," von Holtz said. "We were just discussing different things about the teams. It's a benefit and a definite disadvantage when the Central and Western teams were combined.
"You have absolutely no idea what to expect, but sometimes that is fun."
No. 8 Wahconah (16-4) will also host a first-round contest, as the Warriors welcome No. 9 Lunenburg (11-5) on Wednesday at the aforementioned time of 5 p.m. The winner of that game advances to play the winner of No. 1 Bromfield against No. 16 Pope Francis.
The Greylock/Oakmont winner will play the winner of No. 2 Groton-Dunstable against No. 15 Hudson. Greylock fell to Groton-Dunstable in the quarterfinals last year.
No. 3 Tyngsborough will host No. 14 Chicopee, No. 4 Grafton welcomes No. 13 Notre Dame, No. 5 Granby will host No. 13 Nipmuc, and No. 6 Littleton will host No. 11 Belchertown.