BOONTON _ For 30 minutes on Saturday, Sept. 24, West Morris stuck with Madison.
The game continued to be scoreless into the early part of the second half. The Dodgers' had a three-goal flurry over a three-minute span and emerged with a 4-0 shutout over the Wolfpack.
However, that result had no impact on the Morris County Field Hockey Tournament seeding meeting as seeds were determined solely by winning percentage and not votes.
Therefore, West Morris (7-1) is the top seed for the 21-seed tournament, which concludes Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Boonton. Morristown, which was blanked 1-0 by the Wolfpack, also had a 7-1 record and got the second seed. Five-time defending champion Madison (5-1) was third followed by Randolph, Roxbury and Mount Olive.
"It just panned out this way," West Morris coach Courtney Barnett said. "We know it's just a number and anybody can beat anybody on any given day. We'll have to come ready to play in every single round."
Barnett feels the score of the game versus Madison was not representative of her team's play. The Wolfpack had 11 shots on goal and were in command on offense for a good portion of the first half. Her squad learned a lot and from the setback.
"We realized we can play with one of the best teams in the state," Barnett said. "We can't deflate when a goal is scored. Instead, we have to bounce back and raise our level of play."
Randolph (4-1) was aiming to be among the top five so first-year coach Gina Annunziata was pleased. The Rams have three shutout victories despite being without two starters - left back Mackenzie Sheehan and left midfielder Kristen Sisco.
Sheehan shattered her finger in Randolph's opener while Sisco suffered an ankle injury in the last scrimmage. Lauran Madalian and Megan Corrigan have filled in and the level of play has remained high.
"The injuries hurt but Lauren and Megan have fallen into those spots very well," Annunziata said. "Mackenzie and Kristen are working their way back into the mix. I think we're giong to be alright. Everyone on the team gets along so well."
Preliminaries will be played on Wednesday, Sept. 28 on the fields of the higher-seeded teams. First-round action is slated for Saturday, Oct. 1.
The quarterfinals are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8. Semifinals will be contested at Boonton on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Boonton also will be the site of the final on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
Boonton (17) at Morristown-Beard (16)
Parsippany Hills (18) at Mendham (15)
St. Elizabeth (19) at Butler (14)
Morris Knolls (20) at Jefferson (13)
Morris Hills (21) at Whippany Park (12)
Winner of Boonton-Morristown-Beard at West Morris (1)
Winner of Parsippany Hills-Mendham at Morristown (2)
Winner of St. Elizabeth-Butler at Madison (3)
Winner of Morris Knolls-Jefferson at Randolph (4)
Winner of Morris Hills-Whippany Park at Roxbury (5)
Parsippany (11) at Mount Olive (6)
Chatham (10) at Pequannock (7)
Mountain Lakes (9) at Montville (8)