Lacrosse: PIAA Class 3A final an all District 1 affair

Written by Joe Koch on .

Much has been made of the dominance of District 1 when it comes to PIAA Class 3A boys lacrosse.

Well, guess what? It's a fair argument.

At 4 p.m. today at West Chester High's Harold Zimmerman Stadium, the top two seeds from District 1 -- No. 1 Conestoga and No. 2 Avon Grove -- meet for the big school's title.

The game is the second meeting for the two schools that are less than 40 miles apart, but did not meet until the District 1 tournament when Conestoga eked out a 14-12 victory in the District 1 championship game.

Avon Grove (22-2) then won four games in a row in the PIAA Class 3A tournament, defeating Cumberland Valley, the third-place team from District 3, 14-4, Garnet Valley, the third-place team from District 1, 10-5, and Central Bucks East, the fourth-place team from District 1, 8-6, in the semifinals.

Conestoga (22-3) hasn't lost since April 29 when Malvern Prep defeated the Pioneers, 11-9. That loss immediately followed a 12-11 overtime loss to Garnet Valley. Now riding an 11-game winning streak, Conestoga has won seven of those games by double-digit margins, including a 13-3 victory over Mt. Lebanon in the semifinals.

As these two teams know each other, the championship game likely will be a close one. Regulation may not decide this one.