Olivia Baran, right, and the Swampscott field hockey team are the No. 5 seed in Division 3. (Item File Photo)

MIAA releases field hockey playoff brackets

The MIAA released its 2021 field hockey state tournament brackets Tuesday afternoon, and a number of local teams made the cut and will be playing for a state championship beginning this weekend. 

The local team that earned the highest overall seed makes its home at Blocksidge Field, as the Swampscott Big Blue earned the No. 5 seed in the Division 3 bracket. After posting a 10-5-3 record in a tough Northeastern Conference, the Big Blue earned a bye in the preliminary round and will take on No. 28 North Middlesex in the Round of 32. Swampscott will also have one of the longest layoffs before its first game, which isn't scheduled until 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The Division 4 and Division 2 brackets each boast two local teams, with Lynnfield and St. Mary's both earning home games in the opening round. The Pioneers ― who finished at 7-6-5 for the regular season and notche…

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