The NVL has finalized its postseason plan for the fall sports season, giving St. Paul a glimpse at its potential road to 2020 championships.
All postseason competitions will be broken up into divisional tournaments or meets, pitting the Falcons up against five other teams once the playoffs get underway on Nov. 7.
The soccer tournaments will begin on that day with quarterfinal games, which will be played at the venue of the higher-seeded team. With six teams in St. Paul’s division in both boys and girls soccer, the top two seeds in that division will receive a bye in the quarterfinal round, while the third and sixth seeds will face each other, along with the fourth and fifth seeds in the other game. The top seed will then play the winner of the 4/5 game, and the second seed will take on the victor of the 3/6 match. Those semifinal games will take place on either Nov. 10 or Nov. 11, and will also be played at the higher-seeded venue.
All teams will be guaranteed two games, as the two losers in the quarterfinal round will play one more game on Nov. 12 or 13, and the two teams that lose in the semifinal round will play a consolation match prior to the championship game on Nov. 13 or 14.
The championship and consolation games will be played at the same neutral site location, with St. Paul, being part of the Iron Division, being slated to play at Torrington High School if either the boys or girls soccer teams can reach the championship or consolation game. The boys matches will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, and the girls match in the Iron Division will be on Nov. 13.
For the neutral-site games, fan policy will include two tickets per each student-athlete competing in the event, with a maximum roster size of 20 players for each team. The seeding for the soccer tournaments will be determined by regular season point totals, giving three points for a win and one point for a tie.
The St. Paul boys soccer team is currently in quarantine after a member of the program tested positive for covid-19, but the team’s quarantine is scheduled to end on Nov. 7, making the team eligible for the postseason.
The girls volleyball playoffs will feature an almost identical format, with the top two teams in the six-team divisions getting a first-round bye before the semifinals. The Falcons, of the Iron Division, will have a quarterfinals match on Nov. 7 if they don’t earn a bye, and the semifinal contests will take place on Nov. 10 or Nov. 11. The Iron Division championship match is scheduled for Nov. 14 at Torrington, though no spectators will be allowed at the event to mitigate the potential spread of covid-19.
Seedings for the tournament will be determined by regular season record.
All NVL teams are scheduled to race on Nov. 14 for boys and girls cross country, with the championship meets taking place at Veteran’s Park in Watertown. The Iron Division and St. Paul will be the first races of the day, with the boys starting at 9:45 a.m. and the girls at 10:30 a.m. No fans will be allowed at the event, and a rain date is set for the following week on Nov. 21.
Postseason competition for girls swimming will take place from Nov. 7 to Nov. 18, though there will be no trials this season. The diving finals will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Watertown High School at 6 p.m., while the swimming finals will be scheduling their finals in the near future. Teams may elect to swim against another school as part of their finals, or hold it virtually, as long as it’s held by Nov. 18.