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Monday, August 20, 2018

FHS lacrosse gears up for districts

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

With the District 11 tournament around the corner, it’s preparation time for both the Freedom boys and girls lacrosse programs, as they’ll be making return trips to the tournament.

The girls (13-5) made a run at the EPC tournament, but lost to Easton 22-6 in the opener to give them some time off before Thursday’s opening round of districts.

The Freedom boys have also had an extended period of down days in build up to the tournament, but one thing in common for both teams, is that they still aren’t sure who they’ll be playing when the postseason gets going.

“The district site has not been updated since our win over Phillipsburg over the weekend,” said girls head coach Charis Innarella, “but we should be the three or four seed playing at home on Thursday.”

That could mean a potential matchup with Pleasant Valley (9-7) before possibly seeing Parkland or Easton in the second round.

The boys (10-8) appear to be the fifth seed and will likely have to visit fourth seeded Delaware Valley (11-6) for their playoff opener.

Head coach Tony Fabrizio is hoping the time off will prepare the team to win their opener, that is, if Del Val is the opponent, as they had a contest slated for Tuesday. The result of that game could make a difference in the power ratings point system for the district and could either drop them down or bump the Pates up a spot.

“We are looking toward the district playoffs,” he said. “We’ve done some scouting on Delaware Valley and see how we will match up. We’re hoping some of our injuries will heal up before that game. It’s been a very injury filled year for us, so we’re going to take advantage of all of the rest we can get at this point.”