Cup tournaments are set to get underway on Tuesday. Here is the latest update on where things stand in all four divisions.
For updated standings, check out the standings page.
— Chatham currently holds a one-point lead on Randolph for the top spot in the division, but Chatham has finished its divisional schedule. Randolph has one final game on Monday against Morristown- if Randolph wins, it will be the division champion and top seed. If it loses, Chatham is the division champion and top seed. If the game ends in a tie, the teams finish tied for the division title and tiebreakers will determine the top seed.
— Morris Knolls-Hills and Morristown-Beard currently occupy the third and fourth spots in the standings. They are set to play on Monday. If Morris Knolls-Hills wins, it clinches the third seed. If Morristown-Beard simply earns one point in its final two games against Knolls-Hills and Morristown, it clinches its spot in the Mennen Cup. If it wins its final two games, it would pass Knolls-Hills and would be the third seed.
— Morristown is four points back of Morristown-Beard for the fourth and final playoff spot. It needs to win its final two games against Randolph and Morristown-Beard- and hope for a Morristown-Beard loss to Morris Knolls-Hills- just to tie Morristown-Beard for the fourth spot, and would need to hope tiebreakers go in its favor in order to qualify.
–KJS United is the top seed and will face the fourth seed- either Madison or Mountain Lakes-Boonton-in the semifinals.
— Mount Olive-Hopatcong-Hackettstown and Mendham tied for second place- it’s unclear what the tiebreaker is and who will be the “home” team for that game, but we know they will face each other in the other semifinal.
— Madison can clinch the fourth and final playoff spot with a tie or win against Mountain Lakes-Boonton on Wednesday. Mountain Lakes-Boonton can tie Madison for fourth place with a win in that game, and then tiebreakers would determine who advances to the Halvorsen Cup.
— Bernards-Somerville-Middlesex is the top seed and division champion. It will face either Park Regional or Gill St. Bernard’s in the semifinals.
— West Morris and Roxbury will face-off in the other semifinal match-up, all that needs to be determined is who the home team will be. Both are tied with 12 points, but West Morris has finished its divisional schedule, while Roxbury has one final game against Park Regional. A tie or win in that game gives Roxbury the second seed. If it loses, it would come down to tiebreakers.
— The fourth and final playoff spot is between Park Regional and Gill St. Bernard’s. Park has a two-point lead on Gill and each have one game remaining- Park plays Bernards-Somerville-Middlesex at 6:15 on Saturday, while Gill St. Bernard’s takes on Roxbury at 8:15. Park Regional needs at least one point- a tie or win- to qualify for the Haas Cup. If it loses, Gill St. Bernard’s would need to win to tie Park for the fourth spot, and then it would come down to tiebreakers to determine who advances. Either way, we will know the official match-ups by late Saturday night.
— Newton-Lenape Valley defeated Parsippany Regional, 7-4 on Friday night, which eliminated Parsippany Regional from Charette Cup qualification. The field of four is Montville, High Point-Wallkill Valley-Kittatinny, Newton-Lenape Valley, and Morris Catholic-St. Elizabeth.
— The top seed will be determined on Monday night, when first place Montville takes on second place High Point-Wallkill-Kittatinny. A Montville tie or win clinches the division title and top seed. A High Point win means the two will be tied and it will come down to tiebreakers to determine the top seed.
— The top seed, whether it is Montville or High Point-Wallkill-Kittatinny, will face Morris Catholic-St. Elizabeth in the one semifinal. The second seed will take on third-seed Newton-Lenape Valley in the other semifinal. Newton-Lenape Valley is locked into the third seed and Morris Catholic-St. Elizabeth is locked into the fourth seed.
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