The switch to a new tournament format seems to have really struck a chord with the Manchester Essex spring sports teams.

This season, the MIAA switched from a more regionally-focused tourney bracket to a new formula to determine brackets that included strength of schedule in addition to a few other tweaked factors – think along the lines of NCAA Basketball’s “March Madness” format.

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In MIAA Round 32 play on Thursday, ME Hornet Ella Chafe splits the defense on her way to the Stoneham goal.  Chafe scored two goals towards a 13-2 rout of the Spartans.  This win moves them on to Round of 16 play against Nipmuc, also at home.

                                                                                               

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Jason Brisbois has covered Cape Ann sports and features for more than 15 years. He would be happy to hear from you with comments or questions at jason@thecricket.com