Wake Forest Field Hockey To Play In Play-In Game Of ACC Tournament

Nov. 1, 2004

Winston-Salem, NC - Wake Forest hosts the 22nd annual ACC Field Hockey Tournament in Kentner Stadium, Nov. 4-7. The No.1-ranked Wake Forest field hockey team will be a four seed in the 2004 ACC Tournament. The Deacons face fifth-seeded Virginia in the conference tournament play-in game on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m.

"All of the ACC games this season have been hard fought and competitive games," said Deacon head coach Jennifer Averill. "I think the three way tie shows just how close the games have been. We are excited about hosting the tournament and looking forward to kicking off what is sure to be a great weekend of field hockey with our game against Virginia on Thursday."

North Carolina won the regular season title outright, with a perfect 4-0 record. Virginia went winless in the conference to land as the fifth seed for the third year in a row. Maryland, Duke and Wake Forest each posted records of 2-2 in conference play, sending the ACC committee to the rule books for tie breaking procedure.

The tie-breaking rules for field hockey are as follows...
"Seeding for the Field Hockey Championship will be determined by the regular-season conference standings. In case of a tie, the following formula will be used:
1. Head-to-head conference game results.

2. Goal differential in conference games only. (Goals for minus goal against; maximum difference plus three for any one conference game).

3. Goals scored in conference games only. (Maximum award of three per game).

4. Blind draw"

There was a question as to whether steps two and three applied to only the conference games between the schools that were tied, or between all schools in the conference. The ACC decided to apply the rules to all conference games played, to give the Deacons their lowest seed in the tournament since 1998.

Breaking down the rules...
1. Wake Forest defeated Maryland. Maryland defeated Duke. Duke defeated Wake Forest. So the head-to-head conference game results determine nothing.

2. Maryland beat Virginia, 5-0, beat Duke 5-4, lost to Wake Forest 2-3 and lost to North Carolina 1-2, so their goal differential is +2. Wake Forest beat Maryland, 3-2, beat Virginia, 3-2, lost to Duke, 3-4 and lost to North Carolina 3-4, so their goal differential is zero. Duke beat Wake Forest 4-3, beat Virginia, 3-0, lost to North Carolina 1-2 and lost to Maryland 4-5, so their goal differential is +2. Based on this, Wake Forest becomes a four seed and Duke and Maryland are still in a tie.

3. With Duke and Maryland still tied, you go back to step one and because Maryland beat Duke, Maryland becomes a two seed and Duke a three seed.

Wake Forest, 15-2 on the season, faced the Virginia Cavaliers in their last regular season game on Oct. 24. The Deacons escaped with a 3-2 win. Virginia, 10-9, closed out the regular season on Oct. 30 with a 0-3 loss to Duke. The Deacons and Cavaliers face off at 4 p.m. Thursday in Kentner Stadium. Maryland plays Duke at 4 p.m. on Friday followed by a 7 p.m. game between North Carolina and the winner of the Thursday's play-in game.



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