BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity lacrosse teams have a
great shot at getting back at least as far as they did last year in the state
tournament, and the road to the finals could actually be a little easier thanks
to outstanding seasons by both teams.
The brackets for the state Class 3A-2A East region
tournaments for both men’s and women’s varsity lacrosse teams were announced
this week and the Seahawks were rewarded for great seasons in both tournaments.
The Decatur girls’ team reached the state championship game last season, only
to fall to Mount Hebron in the title game, while the boys reached the state
semifinals before bowing out to Urbana.
Both teams drew great seeds when the brackets for this
year’s tourneys were announced this week. The Decatur girls’ team, which ran
the table and finished the regular season at 12-0, will be the top seed in the
Class 3A-2A East region and as such will get a free pass to the region
semifinals where they will face the winner of the Huntingtown-Patuxent
Lurking on the other side of the bracket is a pair of familiar
foes in second-seeded Kent Island and seventh-seeded Bennett. The Seahawks beat
Kent Island, 10-4, back on April 18 and beat Bennett twice during the regular
season including a 17-3 win on April 17 and a 17-6 win last Friday. Also in the
Class 3A-2A East bracket are Northern, of Calvert County, and Northeast, of
Anne Arundel County.
Over on the boys’ side of the Class 3A-2A East bracket,
the Decatur boys finished the season at 8-4 and earned a two-seed. The Seahawks
garnered a first-round bye and will play seventh-seeded Northeast of Anne
Arundel County at home tomorrow at 11 a.m. Also on Decatur’s side of the
bracket are Huntingtown (3) and Kent Island (6). The Seahawks beat Kent Island,
16-11, back on April 18.
Decatur get through the early rounds, they would likely get a shot at
top-seeded Northern of Calvert County, whom they have played in the region
tournament in each of the last two years. Last year, the Seahawks beat
Northern, 10-7, for their first ever regional championship before falling in
the state semifinals. In 2005, Northern beat Decatur, 15-7, in the regional