Previews of local schools’ NHIAA playoff matchups
Division II first round
No. 11 Milford (6-8-0) at No. 6 Merrimack Valley (9-4-1), 3 p.m.
Head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.
Notes: MV should be plenty battle tested. Sure, the Pride put together an impressive record during the season, but it could have been even more impressive – or a little less. You see, 10 of MV’s 14 games were decided by a single goal, including nine of its last 10. So the Pride knows well that little things can decide a game. With three straight shutouts to close the regular season, MV comes in having allowed on average fewer than a goal per game, thanks to the play of goalie Maggie Carey and defenders like Hannah John and Bekah Stearns. Offensively, Lily Davis, Erin Frost and Olivia Thurber are keys to the Pride’s success. Milford has just one win against tournament teams, but comes in with a bit of momentum after concluding the regular season with back-to-back 1-0 victories.