Playoff Preview: 2017 Girls Regions

By Damian Hall 04/24/2017

We have been previewing the boys tournaments over the past few days, and it is time to give the ladies the same courtesy. First a quick run down of the changes for this year's tournament:

First let us take a look, as briefly as possible, at the one-time pilot system the NCHSAA has put into place for 2017 which for the 4A bracket for lacrosse will have 40 participants. The participants are broken down into three tiers as follows:

  • Tier 1: Regular season champions get an automatic qualifier (for split conferences the best of each split will get an AQ)
  • Tier 2: Winners of conference tournaments get an AQ (This is not an issue for most lacrosse conferences, still working to verify all of them)
  • Tier 3: At large bids based on win percentage that will fill the remaining spots available after the first two tiers

So what does this mean for the 4A bracket? Simply put, there are 11 AQs that will be given out to conference champions. The remaining 29 spots will go to at-large teams with the best winning percentage.

There is a lot more that goes along with this, and I have included the NCHSAA video explaining some of the finer points at the bottom of this article.

Below you can find the playoff breakdown as of 4/23/17. Conference leaders are marked in orange, but no ranking is implied in this listing. We will save that for later in the week when the picture clears up even more.

West Region

  • Hickory
  • Lake Norman
  • Charlotte Catholic
  • Myers Park
  • Hough
  • Ardrey Kell
  • Marvin Ridge
  • Weddington
  • Sun Valley
  • W. Forsyth

Mid-West Region

  • Regan
  • RJ Reynolds
  • N. Davidson
  • E. Forsyth
  • NW Guilford
  • Ragsdale
  • N. Guilford
  • Page
  • SE Guilford
  • Carrboro

Mid-East Region

  • Chapel Hill
  • East Chapel Hill
  • Panther Creek
  • Green Hope
  • Apex
  • Middle Creek
  • Cardinal Gibbons
  • Broughton
  • Enloe
  • Millbrook

East Region

  • Wakefield
  • Heritage
  • Ashley
  • Hoggard
  • Laney
  • TopSail
  • Jacksonville
  • Northside Jax
  • New Burn
  • JH Rose

The Bubble

Four teams find themselves one game below .500: Apex Friendship (2 games), Jordan (1 game), Lake Norman Charter (no games), and Pinecrest (2 games). Friendship has the best chance to improve their playoff position with two tough, but winnable games. Jordan will be hoping the Pats split and they win to move ahead.

Three other teams are sitting right at .500: Enloe (2 games), N. Guilford (no games), and Northside Jacksonville (2 games). Enloe will be looking to avoid falling out of playoff contention as they face Leesville and Broughton. Northside can bolster their resume with games against Rose and Havelock.

We will be back to update with rankings later in the week!

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