It’s April 23 and the Wyoming Valley Conference lacrosse season has, for the most part, reached the mid-way point.

And this has been one of the most exciting first four weeks the young conference has ever enjoyed. Now remember, the WVC is still in its infancy, started officially in 2013. For the first four seasons, Delaware Valley, which already had an established program that competed against teams from New York and played at the district and state level tournaments, had the upper hand when this all started, and it showed in the results. The Warriors won the conference title from 2013 to 2016 without ever losing in the regular season. It’s first loss to a WVC opponent came in the 2015 District 2 tournament. That’s when programs began to show they could compete against the mighty Warriors.

It took much longer for Delaware Valley to lose in the regular season. That came in 2017. On April 19, 2017, Dallas ended the Warriors’ 47-match winning streak in the conference with a 7-5 win. That set off a chain reaction, and Delaware Valley also lost to Scranton Prep, 10-6, and to Dallas for a second time, 9-8.

Delaware Valley, Dallas and Wyoming Seminary all finished with 10-3 records in the regular season and forced a three-team playoff. Delaware Valley exacted a bit of revenge, knocking off Dallas, 9-7. Then, the Warriors defeated Wyoming Seminary, 9-8, in overtime. So, the WVC is in its sixth season and Delaware Valley owns all five championships.

In the first half of this season, it took all of one match for a new threat to emerge. Scranton Prep defeated Delaware Valley to start the schedule with a 10-9 win on a Luke Johnson last-second goal. From there, the Cavaliers won three more matches which included battles against Dallas and Wyoming Seminary, the other two division playoff teams from 2017. Scranton Prep stood undefeated until Crestwood visited and ended the stretch with a 14-7 victory.

 

Scranton Prep celebrates overtime win over Wyoming Seminary.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Because of the weather, not every team has finished the first half of their schedules. But, Scranton Prep has. The Cavaliers sit at the top of the Division I standings with a 6-1 mark heading into Tuesday’s rematch with Delaware Valley at Loyola Sports Complex on the campus of Scranton Prep. That match is going to be critical for Delaware Valley if it aims to make it six conference championships in a row.

 

Take a look at just how close the top contenders are: 

 

 

Crestwood Comets lacrosse.
Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Making strides

 

It is also worth noting the improvement of North Pocono. The Trojans went 5-51 in their first five seasons in the Wyoming Valley Conference. This year, they are right in the thick of the Division II race. They have a very important match on Wednesday against Wyoming Area. Jason Parola has been North Pocono’s top scorer with 15 goals, while Jack Roche has 12.

 

North Pocono’s Jason Parola.

 

 

 


 

 

BOYS STATISTICS

 

Again, these numbers are the ones that appear in Times-Shamrock publications. Coaches can alert me to any problems, that would be delightful.

 

 

CAVALIERS

 

 

Scranton Prep’s Greg Fisher.
Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

 

 

 


 

WARRIORS

 

Delaware Valley’s Josh Balcarcel.
Photo by Christopher Dolan

 

 

TROJANS

 

 


 

 

GIRLS LACROSSE

 

There are three undefeated leaders in the girls WVC at this point of the season and that number will be reduced by one today.

Wyoming Seminary is at Delaware Valley in a battle of District 2 champions. Last season, Wyoming Seminary beat the Lady Warriors, 9-4.

It has been a rewarding season, already for Delaware Valley, as it earned coach Bernadine Salak her 100th career win with a 10-8 victory over Wyoming Area.

Wyoming Seminary and Lake-Lehman are on what appears to be another collision course, not only in the regular season, but in the District 2 Class 2A tournament, as well.

That regular-season match will take place on May 9.

 

Take a look at just how close the top contenders are: 

 

 

 


 

 

GIRLS STATISTICS

 

Again, these numbers are the ones that appear in Times-Shamrock publications. Coaches can alert me to any problems, that would be delightful.

 

 

LADY WARRIORS

 

 

CLASSICS

 

 

LADY COMETS

 

 


 

 

SCHEDULE

 

MONDAY

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS LACROSSE
Wyoming Valley Conference
Wyoming Seminary at Delaware Valley, 5
Lake-Lehman at Scranton Prep, 5:30

 

TUESDAY

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS LACROSSE
Wyoming Valley Conference
Delaware Valley at Scranton Prep, 5:30
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS LACROSSE
Wyoming Valley Conference
Delaware Valley at Abington Heights, 4:15

 

WEDNESDAY

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS LACROSSE
Wyoming Valley Conference
Dallas at Abington Heights, 4:30

 

THURSDAY

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS LACROSSE
Wyoming Valley Conference
Delaware Valley at Scranton Prep, 5:30

 

FRIDAY

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS LACROSSE
Wyoming Valley Conference
North Pocono at Wyoming Area, 4:30
Dallas at Scranton Prep, 5:30
Wyoming Seminary at Delaware Valley, 6