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District 2 Class 2A Boys Lacrosse Preview

May 16, 2019 GMT





8-Abington Heights

(4-9, 4-8 WVC)

at 1-Crestwood

(13-5, 12-0 WVC)

When: Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Regular season: Crestwood, 22-2.

Last postseason: This is Abington Heights’ first district tournament. Crestwood, meanwhile, repeated as district champions in 2018 and also picked up a win in the PIAA tourney before getting eliminated.

Breakdown: Crestwood is a solid bet to win a third straight district title, and a group effort makes it possible. Anthony Caporuscio is again the WVC’s leading scorer (78 goals), Wyatt Malia had the league lead in total points (61 goals, 68 assists), and Trey Zabroski (34G, 32A) and Sean Murphy (38G, 27A) have also been viable options all season long. That versatility was on display the first time these two teams met, as Caporuscio and Malia both had five goals while Murphy and Brennan Magin scored three apiece. ... With 34 goals and 16 assists, Dante DeRiggi will be key for Abington Heights. He’s gone off for 17 goals in the team’s last five games of the season. ... Ian Stevens had 11 in that same span to reach 18 for the year.



6-North Pocono

(6-6, 6-6)

at 3-Scranton Prep

(11-5, 10-2)

When: Today, 5:45 p.m.

Regular season: Scranton Prep, 16-12.

Last postseason: North Pocono, also seeded sixth then, shut out Lakeland in a preliminary-round matchup but fell to third-seeded Scranton Prep in the quarterfinals. The Cavaliers advanced with their 18-6 victory and edged Wyoming Area by two in the semifinals, ultimately finishing runner-up for the second time in three postseasons.

Breakdown: This rematch of last year’s tournament and a close game this spring could turn into the most entertaining quarterfinal. Scranton Prep’s Greg Fisher has been on fire with nine hat tricks in his last 10 games — including a six-goal game in Tuesday’s season finale. Fisher leads the Cavaliers with 46 goals and 27 assists, while Michael McGrath (37G, 15A) and Chase Stephens (32G, 6A) are also dangerous. McGrath scored six times in Prep’s win over North Pocono. … North Pocono’s Jack Roche (45G, 13A) and Jason Parola (40G, 21A) have turned into an unstoppable duo lately. They’ve both had hat tricks in the team’s last four games; Roche’s individual streak is nine games long. Both defenses could have their hands full here.





3-Coughlin (4-8, 4-8)

at 2-Delaware Valley

(12-6, 10-2)

When: Today, 5 p.m.

Last postseason: Coughlin won a first-round matchup as the No. 8 seed but fell in the D2 Class 2A quarterfinals to eventual champion Wyoming Seminary. Delaware Valley won the D2 final over Hazleton Area but dropped its opener in the District 2/11 subregional.

Regular season meeting: Delaware Valley won, 19-3, on May 10.

Breakdown: Jolene Ulichney (12G, 1A), Abie Sorokas (10G, 2A), Ali Tedik (10G) and Elizabeth Livingston (8G, 2A) were the Crusaders’ leaders this season. Against Delaware Valley in their last game of the season, Sorokas, Livingston and Reina Prado scored goals; Ulichney had an assist. ... Delaware Valley’s offense has been explosive this season behind Bailey Fedun (70G, 11A), Skyler Padgett (35G, 19A), Miranda Murray (23G, 9A), Mia Van Wie (21G, 22A) and Lauren Matarazzo (19G, 14A). Fedun and Matarazzo scored four and three goals, respectively, in the recent win over Coughlin.



5-Abington Heights

(8-6, 6-6)

at 4-Scranton Prep

(11-3, 9-3)

When: Friday, 4:15 p.m.

Last postseason: Abington Heights was the No. 7 seed and advanced to the quarterfinals with a first-round win; the team then fell to D2 runner-up Lake-Lehman by 11. Seeded fifth, Scranton Prep lost by five in the quarterfinals to Wyoming Area.

Regular season meeting: Scranton Prep won, 7-3, on April 9.

Breakdown: Katie Malone (31G, 6A), Kerry McGrath (31G, 3A) and Christina DeNaples (28G, 10A) form a tough triple threat for Scranton Prep, which has won its last six games against Class 2A opponents. In fact, only two teams have limited Malone to less than two goals all season. DeNaples tallied a hat trick, while Malone and Elisa Kopicki (17G) scored twice in Prep’s earlier win over Abington Heights. … Brennan Tates and Morgan Stiles were approached 40 and 30 goals, respectively, entering Abington Heights’ season finale Wednesday. The duo filled up the Comets’ scoresheet the last time they faced Prep.