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The MPSSAA released the field hockey playoff brackets on Oct. 21.
The MPSSAA released the field hockey playoff brackets on Oct. 21. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association released the field hockey playoff brackets on Oct. 21, with three Howard County teams earning No. 1 seeds in their respective regions.

Marriotts Ridge (7-3-1) earned the top seed in 2A South Region II, while Mt. Hebron (10-2) and River Hill (7-4-1) are the top seeds in 3A East Region I and 3A East Region II, respectively.

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The MPSSAA playoff format this season is different than in previous years. Each region is still separated into two sections, but under the new format the winner of each section — now called “Region I” and “Region II” — advances to the state quarterfinals, which will be re-seeded 1-8 based on regular season win percentage.

The old format pitted section champions from the same region against one another in a region championship to advance to the state semifinal round. The potential is now there for two teams in the county to play in a state final.

Here are the field hockey playoff seedings:

2A South

Region I: 1. Thomas Stone; 2. La Plata; 3. St. Charles; 4. Westlake.

Region II: 1. Marriotts Ridge; 2. Wilde Lake; 3. Hammond; 4. Glenelg; 5. Oakland Mills.

3A East

Region I: 1. Mt. Hebron; 2. Westminster; 3. Centennial.

Region II: 1. River Hill; 2. Long Reach; 3. Reservoir; 4. Atholton.

4A North

Region I: 1. Dulaney; 2. Howard; 3. Catonsville; 4. Perry Hall.

Region II: 1. North County; 2. Old Mill; 3. Glen Burnie; 4. Meade.

In 2A South Region II, Marriotts Ridge (7-3-1), Wilde Lake (8-4) and Hammond (8-4) all earned byes. The Mustangs play the winner of the Glenelg (5-7) vs. Oakland Mills (4-8) game — which is being played on Thursday, Oct. 24 — in the second round, while the Golden Bears and the Wildecats will face off in the second round.

In 3A East, every team received a first-round bye, with Mt. Hebron (10-2) earning an additional bye in the second round. The Vikings will play the winner of Centennial (3-9) and Westminster (8-4) in the Region I final. River Hill (7-4-1) will play Atholton (1-11) in the second round, while Long Reach (4-7) will host Reservoir (3-9). The winner of those two contests will face off in the Region II final. With the new playoff system, the likely Howard County winners of Region I and Region II will not play each other in what was previously the 3A East final, as the two region champions will be re-seeded based on regular season win percentage.

Howard (7-5), the lone Howard County school in Class 4A, earned a first-round bye, along with every other team in 4A East Region I. The Lions will play Catonsville (6-6) in the second round.

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