NJSIAA changes fall tourney schedule again

By Phil Anastasia



By Phil Anastasia

Inquirer Staff Writer

Eastern feld hockey won defend its Tournament of Champions title this season.

That's because there won't a Tournament of Champions this season.

The NJSIAA cancelled the T of C in field hockey and pushed back the boys' and girls' soccer seasons on Monday as the organization in charge of high school sports in the state continues to adjust the tournament schedule in the wake of Sandy.

With many schools in the state still out of session, the NJSIAA decided to shorten push the field hockey tournament back a week and eliminate the Tournament of Champions.

Eastern, the 13-time Group 4 state champion, has won the T of C four times in its six years of existence, including in 2011. The Vikings, the No. 1 team in the nation according to topofthe-circle.com, still are heavy favorites to win the Group 4 state title.

The state finals in field hockley will be held Sunday, Nov. 18 at The College of New Jersey. That was the orginal date of the T of C finals and the a week later than the orginal date for the state finals.

Soccer will move back even farther. The boys' state public state finals will be held at The College of New Jersey on Dec. 1, two weeks later than originally scheduled.

The girls' public state finals will be held at The College of New Jersey on Dec. 2, also two weeks behind the original date.

The non-public state finals for boys will be Nov. 27 and the non-publioc state finals foe giels will be Nov. 28, both at The College of New Jersey.

The football schedule was adjusted last week. The first round of the football playoffs as well as the consolation games will be the weekend of Nov. 16-17.

The second round will be the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and the finals will be the weekend of Dec. 7-8.

That schedule will allow teams to maintain their traditional Thanksgiving weekend games.

Contact staff writer Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com or @PhilAnastasia on Twitter.



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