Suggested seedings, 2013

February 19, 2013 on 3:27 am | In analysis | 2 Comments

Every year, I try to figure out how teams should be seeded in the NJSIAA state tournaments. I’ve been in good contact with the New Jersey hockey community this year, but since I still haven’t seen any games in person, I do my best to base the seedings on conclusions drawn logically from team results. The real seeding committee is meeting Tuesday afternoon, and we should hear about the brackets that night.

A reminder: These are how I think the teams should be seeded, not how I think they will actually be placed. I am including several potential at-large teams, although I do not have any information about which teams will be selected. When possible, I tried to avoid likely intra-league matchups, but it has to happen occasionally. Read on for the full lists.

Post comments and suggestions below, and please use logic based in results or standings if you want to sway my opinion!

1. Delbarton – Not a difficult one
2. CBA – 2-2 vs. DBP and GC but beat both teams in most recent meetings
3. Don Bosco Prep – 2-2 vs. CBA and GC but beat GC 6-2 in most recent meeting
4. Gloucester Catholic – Lost most recent games vs. CBA and DBP but beat SA twice
5. St. Augustine Prep – Beat ND 4-3
6. Notre Dame – Lost to GC, SA but beat SJMet, PJ, SHP
7. St. Joseph Metuchen – Beat DBP, BC (1-0-1) and tied MK, Rmsy, but lost to ND
8. Paramus Catholic – Lost to DBP 5-1, forcing them below SJMet; 1-goal wins vs. SJMont, Rmsy
9. St. John Vianney – Ranks ahead of Mennen Division based on win over Kin
10. Morristown-Beard – Crushed BC and MKA late in year and tied PDS; finished below Kin in Mennen
11. Montclair Kimberley – Crushed by MB, beat SJMont, PPB, tied MK
12. St. Joseph Montvale – Beat BC 5-1 but lost to PC, MKA, PJ, Rmsy
13. Bergen Catholic – Split season series vs. PJ but won most recent game and finished higher
14. Pope John – Finished below BC, negating non-league wins vs. Kin, SJMont
15. Seton Hall Prep – tied Randolph
16. St. Peter’s Prep – beat Morristown-Beard, lost to Randolph
17. St. Rose – tied Ridge (in tourney)
18. Pingry – lost to Randolph, only 1 non-league win (Nut)
19. Bishop Eustace – competitive in losses to ND, SA
20. Monsignor Donovan – 0 games vs. private schools, split season series with Wall, lost to RD

1. Morris Knolls – Won state’s toughest division, only 1 loss since Jan. 4
2. Randolph – 6-1-2 non-league record, avenged only non-league loss (Rmsy), beat West, Rox, Sum
3. Brick Township – Tied Cha, IH, PPB, SJV and lost to Sum, Kin
4. Ridge – Won competitive division, beat BM, tied West, lost to Mor, SJMet
5. Bridgewater-Raritan – Second in Skyland, beat HV, Rbville, OB, MidN, MidS, and tied Sum
6. Westfield – Tied Rid, split with Sum, beat StR, Pri, lost to Cha
7. Old Bridge – lost to BR, StR, How but beat Liv, Wall, MidS (1-0-1)
8. Livingston – lost to OB, 0-1-1 vs. Nut, MKA, beat Rbville, SHP, tied PkV
9. Robbinsville – lost to BR, Liv, Cha, tied Wall, beat SB, MidN
10. Hunterdon Central – 1-0-1 vs. Rid, 8-1-1 since Jan. 18 (loss to BR), beat HV, lost to SB, Peq
11. Hillsborough – 2-1 vs. HntC but finished lower, played weaker schedule; beat John, Mad
12. Brick Memorial – Finished ahead of Sthrn, TRE, tied Sum, lost to Rid, Mtgry
13. Southern Regional – beat StR, split MD, lost to PPB; 1 gm vs. non-Shore team
14. Toms River East – 0-1-1 vs. Sthrn, 0 gms vs. non-Shore teams
15. Manalapan – 12-2 since Jan. 4 (only losses to CBA), beat WWPS, lost to TRE
16. Freehold Township – finished ahead of Mlpn, How, beat Wall, lost to TRE
17. Howell (at-large) – beat OB, BM, PkV, lost to Rox, MtO, Wall
18. Bernards – 1-0-1 vs. NLV, beat Hboro
19. Newton-Lenape Valley – beat WWPN, PkV, Mclr, lost to Nut, Mad, MtO
20. Park Regional – tied NLV, beat Ten, WayH, Rwood, tied Spa
21. WWPN – lost to NLV, tied SB
22. South Brunswick – tied WWPN, beat Mtgry, HntC, split w. Mnroe, lost by 5+ gls to OB, Kin, Rbville, PPB
23. Roxbury – beat How, Mtgry; all 3 non-league losses to Mennen Div. teams
24. Ridgewood – split with Mahwah, lost to GR, WayH, Park
25. Fair Lawn – finished behind Ridgewood, beat Tenafly, tied WE, lost to Para
26. Toms River North (at-large) – finished behind TRE, only non-lg losses to Wall, PPB, RFH, SJV
27. WWPS – beat Ten, SPF, Wall, lost to Ocn
28. Montclair – beat lost to Ten, NLV, tied Cra, beat Cli
29. Pascack Valley – tied Liv, lost NLV, Men, How, ML, beat Mah
30. Lawrence – 2-1 vs. WWPN, lost to WWPS
31. Millburn – finished behind Mclr, beat Hksck, Bay, SPF
32. Parsippany Regional – beat SPF, OT
33. River Dell – 2-0 vs. Hksck, beat MD
34. Hackensack – 0-2 vs. RD, beat Vern, HudC, tied OT


1. Ramsey – Doesn’t need much explanation. Only loss vs. public was 1-0 to Ran
2. Kinnelon – lost only to Rmsy, SJV, PJ, beat Bri, GR, Men, Spa, MtO
3. Morristown – 0-0-2 vs. Kin, 6-0 vs. non-league public schools
4. Mendham – tied MK, beat PPB 8-1, reached cutoff 15-0-2 since mid-December
5. Nutley – 2-0-1 vs. Liv, 1-1 vs. MKA, beat SHP, MidN, Mad, John, NLV, reached cutoff unbeaten vs. publics
6. Summit – lost to Mor, Ran, tied Cha, BR, BM, beat Bri, MidS, Peq, Mclr
7. Chatham – tied Sum, Bri, beat Ran x2, BC, West, Rbville, Cra, Mad
8. Wall – 2-0-1 vs. PPB, tied Rbville, lost Cra, Pri, OB
9. Middletown North – lost to Nut 0-4, Rbville, BR, StR, beat West, PPB, WMC
10. Point Pleasant Borough – 0-2-1 vs. Wall, tied Brick, lost to Men, MKA, beat RFH, SB
11. Glen Rock – beat RFH, IH, Mclr, Rwood, lost to Rmpo, 0-3 vs. Mennen
12. Indian Hills – lost to GR, 1-1 vs. Rmpo, tied Brick, lost to BC in OT
13. Ramapo – 1-1 vs. IH, beat GR, RFH, lost to MK, PJ, SJMont
14. Rumson-Fair Haven – lost to PPB, GR, Rmpo, BM, SJMet, beat MK, Mtgry
15. Mount Olive – lost to Mtgry, Kin, beat Rox, Spa, NLV, How, Wood
16. Madison – 0-1-1 vs. MtO, lost to Hboro, Nut, Cha, Mor, beat Spa, Peq, NLV
17. Princeton – Lost to West, Ocn, beat Wall, Cra
18. Cranford – lost to Cha, Pri, Sum x2, beat Wall, OB, tied Mclr
19. Sparta – lost to Mad, MtO, tied Park, beat NLV
20. Tenafly – lost to Park, WWPS, FL, beat WE, John, Cli, Mclr
21. West Morris (at-large) – beat BR, SPF, lost to Rid, West, MidN, Mad
22. Wayne Hills – lost to Park, beat Ridgewood
23. Mountain Lakes – beat PkV, 1-0-1 vs. Peq
24. Mahwah – split vs. Ridgewood, lost to PkV
25. Pequannock – 0-1-1 vs. ML, beat Cha, WE, HntC, lost to Mad, Sum, Mor
26. West Essex – tied Fair Lawn, lost to Peq, NLV, Ten x2
27. Woodbridge – lost to MtO, Mill, OB, beat SPF, Ocn
28. Ocean Township – lost to Wood, John, MidS, beat Pri, Mlpn
29. Red Bank Regional (if at-large) – beat Mlpn, FrT, TRE


  1. WWPS did not beat Cranford. I think you meant that they beat Tenafly.

    Right on – thanks for the correction! – JY

    Comment by HockeyGuru — 19 February 2013 #

  2. How do you feel the real brackets look?

    Comment by John — 19 February 2013 #

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