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Several key girls' lacrosse games on the docket for next week

Written by Joe Koch on .

An intriguing matchup takes place on Thursday when No, 8 Mt. Lebanon hosts No. 10 Shady Side Academy.

The Blue Devils were 1-1 heading into a weekend trip to Virginia where they played Chantilly and Annandale. On Tuesday, the Blue Devils play host to Oakland Catholic. En route to a 2-1 record, Shady Side Academy earned victories over Butler Area (18-6) and Upper St. Clair (13-11) while falling to Peters Township (19-12).

In what shapes up as another great matchup, Pine-Richland hosts Franklin Regional on Thursday. Unbeaten at 4-0, the No. 4 Rams take on a 1-1 Panthers team that is ranked No. 5, according to Laxpower.com.

The busiest team, though, might be Sewickley Academy. Ranked No. 9 in Western Pennsylvania according to Laxpower.com, the 2-1 Panthers visit No. 5 Franklin Regional (1-0) on Tuesday before hosting No. 7 North Allegheny (1-0) on Thursday. Both of those will be against Division I, Section 2 opponents.

A team that might well be ranked if not for an unfortunate goal or two is Fox Chapel. The Foxes are 0-3 following one-goal losses to No. 7 North Allegheny (8-7) and No. 9 Sewickley Academy (12-11) and an 11-8 loss to Quaker Valley.

The Foxes visited No. 5 Franklin Regional on Friday and take another trip on Tuesday to visit No. 4 Pine-Richland. That's four games against ranked opponent amid the first five games of the season. The Foxes will have a similarly rugged schedule later in the season.