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Field Hockey: Northern Region Playoff Picture

I’ve written a lot about the field hockey playoff picture within the Liberty District mainly because there actually is one. The Northern Region’s other three districts, while still competitive, simply do not feature any down-to-the-wire races.

No. 6 Westfield (Concorde) and No. 3 W.T. Woodson (Patriot) have already wrapped up their regular season district slates, while Washington-Lee (National) has two games left -- but appears likely to do the same.

Here’s a quick reset ...

Westfield (15-1), which hasn’t been scored upon since the beginning of the month, has locked up the Concorde District’s top seed with its 5-0 mark in district play. The next closest is Centreville (13-1, 4-1), whom Westfield beat, 1-0, on Oct. 7.

In the Patriot District, W.T. Woodson (15-1, 7-0) has steamrolled the opposition, winning its seven district games by a total of 20 goals. And although South County has enjoyed a second-half surge, the Stallions (11-5, 6-1) lost to W.T. Woodson earlier this season, 1-0.

Washington-Lee is the National District’s lone undefeated team at 5-0, with Edison trailing closely at 5-1 in district play. Edison needs either Stuart (Wednesday) or Falls Church (Friday) to somehow upset the Generals to have a shot at the top seed.

That brings us back to the Liberty, a cozy place that -- by my less-than-expert analysis -- features a three-horse race for No. 1 honors.

The simple scenario: Madison (8-4, 4-1), which controls its own destiny, can end any discussion with a win tonight over Fairfax (11-5, 3-1).

“I’ve talked to the girls about getting ready for the [Fairfax] game, and the great thing for us is that if they play like they’re capable of, we’re in control of our own future,” Madison Coach Meghan Punaro said. “We just have to go out and control what we can control with our own team. We don’t have to rely on anyone else.”

The not-so-simple scenario: If Fairfax beats Madison, that’ll likely set up a Friday night showdown with Marshall (9-5, 3-1), which plays South Lakes (3-11-2) tonight. The winner of Friday’s Marshall-Fairfax game would then be 5-1 in regular season play and garner the tournament’s top seed.

“I don’t think you can overstate the importance of tonight’s game,” said Fairfax Coach Amber Beaudoin, whose team, as a member of the Concorde District last year, closed the regular season on a 11-game winning streak to capture to tournament’s top seed. “We’ve been hammering the district tournament thing all year long, and they know it’s super important to get the No. 1 seed.”

By Jason Mackey  |  October 14, 2009; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  AAA Concorde District , AAA Liberty District , AAA National District , AAA Patriot District , Centreville , Fairfax , Field Hockey , Madison , Marshall , Northern Region , South County , W.T. Woodson , Westfield  
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