Defending champs earn top seeds for WPIAL field hockey playoffs

Friday, October 23, 2020 | 7:36 PM

If the seeds hold, WPIAL field hockey will see repeat champions across the board when the playoffs begin next week.

The defending champs — Pine-Richland in Class AAA, Penn-Trafford in Class AA and Shady Side Academy in Class A — received top seeds when postseason pairings were announced Friday.

In Wednesday’s Class AAA semifinals, Pine-Richland, which has won two of the last three championships, will host Mt. Lebanon, and North Allegheny will visit Peters Township, the 2018 champs.

Penn-Trafford, which finished the regular season 13-0, has won four straight Class AA titles. On Tuesday, the Warriors will host Upper St. Clair, and Latrobe will visit Fox Chapel.

Shady Side Academy, the two-time defending champ in Class A, will host Winchester Thurston in Wednesday’s semifinals. Aquinas Academy will visit Ellis School.

The finals will be played at Fox Chapel: Class AA and A on Monday, Nov. 2, and Class AAA on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

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