Lacrosse: State tournament previews

Catholic League MVP Taryn Deck and Archbishop Carroll take on Deck's old team, Radnor, in the first round of the state tournament today. TIMES STAFF/ROBERT J.GURECKI

Catholic League MVP Taryn Deck and Archbishop Carroll take on Deck’s old team, Radnor, in the first round of the state tournament today.
TIMES STAFF/ROBERT J.GURECKI

32 combined teams left, two champions left to be crowned. Yep, the state tournament for both boys and girls gets underway today with six Delco teams aiming to make the trek back to Hershey. Two of them will definitely be done today. With that being said, here are some previews from around the area.

Boys brackets

Girls brackets

I kick things off with a look at how Archbishop Carroll’s Taryn Deck has acclimated herself to her new school after transferring from Radnor. Because the lacrosse gods have an awesome sense of humor, Deck and the Patriots take on the Red Raiders today in the first round. (Link also contains a look at the other three Delco matchups.)

The Daily Local‘s Brad Spahr takes a look at the Conestoga-Harriton girls matchup, one that provides a lot of intrigue. The Reading Eagle checks in with a look at Boyertown-Manheim Township.

Also from the Daily Local, Andy Edwards examines the Avon Grove boys’ magical run to a district title and how the Red Devils are a state title contender, plus a look at the Garnet Valley-Great Valley game. On the flip side, Pennlive.com’s John Tuscano writes about how Hershey, Avon Grove’s opponent, gets the unenviable task of facing the District One champion.

La Salle is your prohibitive favorite for the boys state title and the Times-Herald‘s Dennis C. Way details the development of LSM/FOGO Andrew Grajewski. Grajewski will have his hands full at the X with Radnor’s Jake Shapiro, but according to him, that’s not a bad thing.

Also from Tuscano, here’s a glance at the Carlisle-Mount Lebanon boys matchup. More on that game and Philadelphia-area schools’ dominance from The Sentinel‘s David Rung. From the Reading Eagle, a brief breakdown of the Wilson-Emmaus boys game. The Centre-Daily talks about State College’s boys and girls teams’ matchups.

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