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District 2 Boys Lacrosse Preview

May 16, 2019

District 2 Class 2A Boys Lacrosse Tournament

Quarterfinals

No. 8 Abington Heights (4-9, 4-8 WVC) at No. 1 Crestwood (13-5, 12-0 WVC)

When: 5:30 p.m., Friday

Regular season meeting: Crestwood won, 22-2, on April 24.

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.

No. 5 Wyoming Area (8-6, 7-5) at No. 4 Dallas (12-6, 8-4)

When: Noon, Saturday

Regular season meeting: Dallas won, 19-9 on April 24.

Last postseason: Wyoming Area was the second seed and started strong with a 13-point win, only to lose to No. 3 Scranton Prep in the semifinals, 15-13. Dallas was seeded fourth but gave eventual champion Crestwood its toughest challenge throughout districts, falling 17-15 in the semifinals.

Breakdown: Who will the Warriors try to stop on the Dallas attack? That’s a tough problem to solve as they face a team that averaged 12.9 goals per game this season. Nick Solinsky scored 61 times — including a 10-goal game against Wyoming Area — for nearly a quarter of his team’s production. But, T.J. Herron (39G, 49A), Dan Meuser (38G, 12A), David Lipinski (34G, 23A) and Hunter Landon (26G, 22A) all have to be accounted for, too. … The Warriors will try their best to answer with key contributors such as Dominic DeLuca (45G, 16A), F.J. Braccini (39G, 9A) and Jake Switzer (15G, 27A).

No. 6 North Pocono (6-6, 6-6) at No. 3 Scranton Prep (11-5, 10-2)

When: 5:45 p.m., Thursday

Regular season meeting: Scranton Prep won, 16-12, on May 6.

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.

No. 7 Lake-Lehman (7-10, 5-7) at No. 2 Wyoming Seminary (11-6, 9-3)

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Regular season meeting: Wyoming Seminary won, 16-8, on May 2.

Last postseason: Lake-Lehman was seeded eighth, opened with a big first-round win and ran right into defending champion Crestwood in the quarterfinals, losing by 19. Wyoming Seminary had the closest quarterfinal of all Class 2A underdogs, but the fifth seed lost to Dallas by six.

Breakdown: Led by one of the WVC’s top scorers in Ryan Anderson (53G, 33A), Wyoming Seminary is looking to return to its second final in three years. Anderson and K.C. Medico (24G, 3A) were particularly effective in Sem’s win over Lake-Lehman earlier this month, scoring six and five goals apiece. Lucas Bartron (25G, 7A) and Logan Finn (18G, 13A) add depth for the Blue Knights. … Lake-Lehman could still ride the momentum of a nice finish to its season and make this interesting. Since losing to Sem, the Black Knights won three in a row before scoring 17 goals in a season-ending loss. Marshall Woodrosky (28G, 22A) notched hat tricks in four of his last five games, including four goals against Sem. Zac Aben (31G, 7A), Bryce Burgit (26G, 17A) and Jason Button (20G, 9A) have also finished the season well.