Western Mass. Top 10 Poll
In what could be a tournament preview, No. 1 Minnechaug lost a tight-checking, 2-1 decision to No. 3 East Longmeadow. Ben Wosky, who has been one of the Berry Division’s top forwards, broke a scoreless stalemate and Joe Saracino provided the game-winning goal. Cam Marinai scored for Minnechaug.
The game showcased two of the Berry Division’s top teams and showed just how competitive the Division 3 tournament should be. The top three teams are evenly matched and No. 4 Westfield has been playing well down the stretch as the Bombers are close to clinching a tournament berth.
The Lions have a chance to tie for fourth place with at least one win in its final two league games. If there is a tie between the two sub-.500 teams that remain alive for fourth-place, the qualifier will be decided via tiebreaker. The tiebreakers include head-to-head matchups, overall winning percentage, winning percentage against tournament qualifiers and a coin flip if all else fails.
Westfield would win the tiebreaker against Ludlow, because the teams are even in head-to-head matchups but Westfield has a better winning percentage. Westfield is finished with its regular-season Berry schedule and Ludlow has one more league game remaining. A win would push the Lions over the Bombers.
In Division 3A, No. 5 Amherst Regional appears to be on track to secure the top seed. The Hurricanes clinched the Fay/Wright Division title following an 8-1 victory over Easthampton.