For the first time in years Watertown High School field hockey team heads into the MIAA State Tournament in the unfamiliar position of not being the top seed in the North Section.
The brackets released Monday morning have Watertown seeded second, behind Manchester-Essex. The Raiders’ only blemish is a loss to Winchester, but the Hornets have no losses and just one tie.
The last time Watertown was second seeded was 2009 when they also were behind Manchester. That year, the Raiders beat Manchester in the North Section final and won the State title.
This year, Watertown has a bye in the first round and will host a section quarterfinal against the winner of Wednesday’s game between No. 7 seed Swampscott and No. 10 seed Newburyport. The date and time have not been announced.