Semifinals on Tuesday
Broad Run at Rockbridge Co., 5
Charlottesville at Stone Bridge, 7
Final on Thursday
Semifinal winners at higher seed
Who You Know
Stone Bridge's Ashley Sippel was not even a goalkeeper before last season but has proved to be a quick study and was named Dulles District player of the year this spring after making 146 saves and stopping 69 percent of the shots she faced. "She's played her best in big games," Bulldogs Coach Dana Drever said. "She had 18 saves against Broad Run and 17 against Loudoun Valley." Both games were victories. And Angela Naso (57 goals) and Missy Giusti (48 goals) have paced Stone Bridge's offense.
Broad Run has a similar triumvirate that has been the key to its success, especially lately. Goalie Jasmin Merida has 200 saves, and Alex Gallo (59 goals) and Emily Herring (37 goals) give the Spartans two very good options on the offensive end.
Who You Should Know
Charlottesville goalkeeper Maisie Osteen is the key player for the Black Knights. She's accustomed to winning -- she was a member of Charlottesville's state-tournament girls' basketball team -- and has a scholarship to play lacrosse for Hofstra.
Who Should Win
Rockbridge County is the Jefferson-Valley District's top seed, but that doesn't mean the Wildcats are unbeatable. They lost to Fauquier, 16-15, in the final regular season game before coming back to defeat the Falcons in the district semifinals. Rockbridge is a tenuous choice, at best, to win the tournament.
Who Could Win
A region title seems a real possibility for either Stone Bridge or Broad Run. Stone Bridge has won 15 games in a row entering this week, and Broad Run played its best lacrosse of the season in a victory over Loudoun Valley and overtime loss to Stone Bridge. "They pulled it all together," Spartans Coach Denise Hagood said. "We're preparing them to play the way we have the past two games."
-- DREW VANESSELSTYN