Hello, everyone!

I know, I know, I am a couple of days late checking in on the world of lacrosse, but I got a bit sidetracked with a big track meet on Friday night. And because there were matches Friday night and Saturday, I chose to wait until Sunday to kind of recap what happened and what the Wyoming Valley Conference has in store for fans this week.

First, it finally happened.

I always say it, or somebody always says it because it’s true, all great things must come to an end. Did you all believe Delaware Valley would never lose a match in the WVC regular season? No, let’s be fair. These are high school athletes and anything can happen in any match.

Now, to break it down, Delaware Valley did have a loss to a WVC opponent. That came in the 2015 District 2 championship match. But in the actual WVC regular season, which established in 2013, the Warriors had been perfect. They entered last Monday’s match against upstart Dallas winners of 47 straight.

But, Mike Starbuck (who makes the all-name team) had two goals and so too did Josh Kaline, and Dallas pulled off the upset 7-5.

Delaware Valley’s Rhett Padgett.
Photo by Christopher Dolan

THE STREAK

2013
Delaware Valley

6

Dallas

4

Delaware Valley

21

North Pocono

1

Delaware Valley

12

Tunkhannock

2

Delaware Valley

20

Lake-Lehman

0

Delaware Valley

7

Dallas

3

Delaware Valley

19

North Pocono

0

Delaware Valley

15

Scranton Prep

0

Delaware Valley

17

Crestwood

4

Delaware Valley

14

Tunkhannock

1

Delaware Valley

12

Lake-Lehman

1

2014
Delaware Valley

13

Dallas

2

Delaware Valley

17

North Pocono

0

Delaware Valley

14

Scranton Prep

0

Delaware Valley

18

Lake-Lehman

0

Delaware Valley

10

Dallas

4

Delaware Valley

18

Tunkhannock

2

Delaware Valley

15

North Pocono

2

Delaware Valley

13

Crestwood

2

Delaware Valley

12

Scranton Prep

3

Delaware Valley

21

Tunkhannock

0

Delaware Valley

24

Lake-Lehman

2

2015
Delaware Valley

18

Lake-Lehman

0

Delaware Valley

16

Tunkhannock

0

Delaware Valley

13

Crestwood

2

Delaware Valley

13

Dallas

4

Delaware Valley

18

North Pocono

1

Delaware Valley

10

Scranton Prep

4

Delaware Valley

20

Wyoming Area

2

Delaware Valley

12

Crestwood

6

Delaware Valley

12

Dallas

5

Delaware Valley

16

North Pocono

2

2016
Delaware Valley

16

Tunkhannock

4

Delaware Valley

14

Lake-Lehman

3

Delaware Valley

16

Crestwood

5

Delaware Valley

14

Dallas

4

Delaware Valley

17

North Pocono

6

Delaware Valley

12

Scranton Prep

4

Delaware Valley

21

Wyoming Area

2

Delaware Valley

17

Crestwood

1

Delaware Valley

14

Dallas

5

2017
Delaware Valley

12

Scranton Prep

10

Delaware Valley

11

Wyoming Seminary

4

Delaware Valley

10

Crestwood

6

Delaware Valley

17

Lake-Lehman

3

 

Delaware Valley’s Josh Balcarcel.
Photo by Christopher Dolan

 

The Streak ended, true. However, it also created a three-way logjam at the top of the WVC Division I standings.Take a look:

 


 

BUILDING A RIVALRY

DV’s Anton Mackey
Photo by Christopher Dolan

Scranton Prep’s Greg Fisher.
Photo by Christopher Dolan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY

Scranton Prep at Delaware Valley, 5

Any sport which is still trying to build an audience outside of those who have a rooting interest isn’t easy on the high school level. Lacrosse is a fairly new sport in NEPA, but it is gaining a following and interest is increasing. There were seven teams when the WVC started in 2013 and now there are 10 teams in two divisions and two programs — Abington Heights and Lakeland — which are playing exhibition schedule this season.

With Delaware Valley being the dominant program, the conference itself, needs a rivalry. The Warriors are like Valley View football of the 1970s and 1980s. They are everybody’s biggest game. But until some program steps up and can compete on a consistent basis with them, the conference can grow stale. Obviously with Dallas’ win, it does change things. For the most part, Scranton Prep has been aiming to be that rival for Delaware Valley.

Last season, the Cavaliers reached the District 2 championship match and took the Warriors right to the final bell. Delaware Valley won the championship, 4-3. Then, in the first match this season, it looked like the Cavaliers had put their year’s worth of work and motivation to good use and led late in the match before losing 12-10.

First meeting

Scranton Prep (0-1) 2 3 3 2 — 10
Delaware Valley (1-0) 2 2 3 5 — 12

SP: Goals: Luke Johnson 2; Greg Fisher 2; Anthony Osticco 2; Joe Pettinato 2; Dan Hinton; Luke Brunetti. Assists: Greg Fisher 3; Anthony Osticco 2; Luke Johnson; Dan Hinton.
DV: Goals: Rob Hudson 3; Rhett Padgett 2; Anton Mackey 2; Josh Balcarcel 2; Jimmy Quinn; Dan Matarazzo; Riley Van Wie. Assists: Josh Balcarcel  3; Rhett Padgett 2; Rob Hudson; Anton Mackey.

Average margin of victory for Delaware Valley vs. Scranton Prep:

  • 2013: 16.0 (3 matches)
  • 2014: 12.0 (2 matches)
  • 2015: 6.0 (1 match)
  • 2016: 2.5 (2 matches)
  • 2017: 2.0 (1 match)

The rematch will be a pivotal match for both programs, but certainly more for Scranton Prep, which has losses to the other division leaders in Dallas and Wyoming Seminary.

Scranton Prep’s Anthony Osticco.
Photo by Christopher Dolan



A CLOSER LOOK AT GIRLS LACROSSE

In as much as there is anticipation for the boys match between Delaware Valley and Scranton Prep, there is a lot of attention pointed toward the girls WVC this week.

On Monday, Delaware Valley takes an unblemished record to Wyoming Seminary. It’s a huge matchup, and a rematch of a District 2 semifinal from last season that Wyoming Seminary won 13-6.

Delaware Valley has been one of the best challengers to Wyoming Seminary, which has won all four WVC division championships in the regular season. In 2014, Wyoming Seminary needed a playoff win over the Lady Warriors, 14-9, to claim the league title.

Past meetings

Wyoming Seminary holds a 10-1 advantage in the series

2013

  • Wyoming Seminary 13, Delaware Valley 3
  • Wyoming Seminary 15, Delaware Valley 4
  • Wyoming Seminary 17, Delaware Valley 4

2014

  • Delaware Valley 10, Wyoming Seminary 9
  • Wyoming Seminary 15, Delaware Valley 7
  • Wyoming Seminary 14, Delaware Valley 9
  • Wyoming Seminary 21, Delaware Valley 10

2015

  • Wyoming Seminary 9, Delaware Valley 6

2016

  • Wyoming Seminary 13, Delaware Valley 4
  • Wyoming Seminary 9, Delaware Valley 3
  • Wyoming Seminary 13, Delaware Valley 6

Scranton Prep has a daunting schedule. The Classics, who have evened their record at 3-3 will play at undefeated Lake-Lehman on Tuesday and will host Delaware Valley on Thursday. The Classics had a big week, defeating Hazleton Area and Coughlin. They averaged 11 goals a match in the wins. Kerry McGrath and Emma Perih each scored four goals last week.

Abington Heights which played an exhibition schedule last season, gave Tunkhannock a run before losing 12-10. Brennan Tates, who had nine goals total last week, had six goals against Tunkhannock. Abby Brown added two.

 


 

BY THE NUMBERS

 

Again, I am doing my very best to keep you all up to date with the leaders. Last week, we had all of the matches reported, so I was able to keep things up to date.

GIRLS STATISTICS

BOYS STATISTICS

Delaware Valley defense.
Photo by Christopher Dolan

Scranton Prep’s Joe Pettinato.
Photo by Christopher Dolan


 

SCHEDULE

GIRLS

MONDAY
Wyoming Valley Conference
Delaware Valley at Wyoming Seminary, 4:15

TUESDAY
Wyoming Valley Conference
Scranton Prep at Lake-Lehman, 5:30

THURSDAY
Wyoming Valley Conference
Scranton Prep at Delaware Valley, 5

BOYS

TUESDAY
Wyoming Valley Conference
Scranton Prep at Delaware Valley, 5

FRIDAY
Wyoming Valley Conference
Delaware Valley at Wyoming Seminary, 4:15
Scranton Prep at Dallas, 4:15
Wyoming Area at North Pocono, 5:30


 

That’s all for today.

Big matches this week.

ENJOY!