AAA Boys

Forest Park Bruins (9-6)

How they qualified: Cardinal District regular season champions.

What's next: At Cedar Run District champion Osbourn Park in Northwestern Region quarterfinals, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Osbourn Park won the teams' only meeting this season, 9-3, on May 4.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to Albemarle, 18-7, in Northwestern Region championship).

District recap: Forest Park swept Woodbridge during the regular season but lost to the Vikings, 4-3, in the district title game. The Bruins are nothing if not deep -- Coach Todd Boward kept 30 players on his varsity and uses as many as 20 per game. There also are 25 players in the junior varsity program. Junior Ryan Otterblad has 51 goals and 26 assists and senior goalkeeper Scott Scheetz has saved about 68 percent of shots on goal. "Last year they went to the region final and lost and that gave them a taste for it," Boward said. "They kind of committed themselves to [lacrosse]."

Osbourn Park Yellow Jackets (12-3)

How they qualified: Cedar Run District regular season and tournament champions.

What's next: At home vs. Cardinal District runner-up Forest Park in Northwestern Region quarterfinals, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Osbourn Park won the teams' only meeting this season, 9-3, on May 4.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to Albemarle, 13-7, in Northwestern Region semifinals).

District recap: The Yellow Jackets will play at home throughout the region tournament if they continue to win, which could set up a semifinal home match against region favorite Albemarle. Osbourn Park knocked off Stonewall Jackson, 14-9, in the Cedar Run championship, thanks in great part to the defensive efforts of seniors Bryan Wedel, Patrick Milan and Russell Evans. "The guys who score goals get the recognition, and I told my defense I actually like it better that way because it makes them work hard all season long," Coach Kevin Marsh said. "Our goal is to play Albemarle again, so we have to get through Forest Park."

Stonewall Jackson Raiders (10-3)

How they qualified: Cedar Run District tournament runners-up.

What's next: At Western Valley District champion Patrick-Henry Roanoke in Northwestern Region quarterfinals, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to Forest Park, 9-4, in Northwestern Region semifinals).

District recap: All three of the Raiders' losses have been to Osbourn Park, including 14-9 in the district championship. "Our game plan," Stonewall Coach Tony LePore said, "was to win the faceoffs -- which we did -- and to control the ball with lengthy possessions -- which we did. But we still couldn't crack that defense." Raiders junior Ryan Verrilli scored three goals to increase his season totals to 42 goals and 15 assists, even though he missed three games with an ankle injury. Senior midfielder Walter Williams has 27 goals and 19 assists and has won 67 percent of his faceoffs. Senior Mark Allen has 38 goals and 19 assists.

Woodbridge Vikings (8-7)

How they qualified: Cardinal District tournament champions.

What's next: At home vs. Commonwealth District runners-up, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to Stonewall Jackson, 9-5, in Northwestern Region quarterfinals).

District recap: Woodbridge overcame two regular season losses to Forest Park to knock off the Bruins, 4-3, in the Cardinal title game on a goal by sophomore Nick Miller with about six minutes left. Miller assisted on the other three goals. "He hasn't scored a lot, but when he does, it's always an impact goal," Woodbridge Coach Steve Claiborne said. "He's come so far in speed and athleticism." The Vikings entered the season short on experience and faced a difficult early schedule but were buoyed by a loss April 28 against Stonewall in which they allowed just one goal in the final three quarters. "[Thursday] night was the culmination," Claiborne said.

Note: Osbourn (3-10), the Cedar Run District's third seed, also will participate in the region tournament; the Cedar Run is sending three teams to round out the eight-team bracket. The Eagles will play at the Commonwealth District champion on Tuesday.

AAA Girls

Forest Park Bruins (11-2)

How they qualified: Cardinal District regular season and tournament champions.

What's next: At home vs. the Hylton-Stonewall Jackson winner, 7 p.m. Thursday.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to Osbourn Park, 14-7, in Northwestern Region quarterfinals).

District recap: Forest Park prides itself on a team offensive concept, but junior Kristi Artenian rose above that scheme by pounding in seven goals in a 9-7 win over Hylton in the Cardinal championship, giving the Bruins their first district title. She also had an assist. "Even when they double- and triple-teamed her, she was just determined to go to the goal," Bruins Coach Larry Young said. "She wasn't going to walk away last night like she has in the past without a trophy." Seniors Ilissa Zapien (10 saves) and Shara Kantz (18 faceoffs won) also were crucial to the win.

Hylton Bulldogs (6-9)

How they qualified: Cardinal District tournament runners-up.

What's next: At Cedar Run District runner-up Stonewall Jackson in Northwestern Region first-round game, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to Stonewall Jackson, 13-8, in Northwestern Region semifinals).

District recap: The Bulldogs go from playing Forest Park for the third time this season to playing Stonewall, a team they have not played the past two regular seasons because of rainouts. Both this year and last, Hylton has not encountered the Raiders until the region playoffs. That suits Bulldogs Coach Felicia Mascarenas just fine with her current team. "You always want to know more [about your opponent], but . . . we tend to play better and play at a higher level against teams we haven't seen before because there's no expectations of whether that team can beat us or we can beat them. So you go into the game fresh without any preconceived notions of what's going on." Junior Kristen McCormick scored four goals in the 9-7 district championship loss to Forest Park. Junior Heather Wheelock added two.

Osbourn Park Yellow Jackets (15-3)

How they qualified: Cedar Run District regular season and tournament champions.

What's next: At Commonwealth District champion Albemarle in Northwestern Region semifinals, 7 p.m. Thursday.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to Albemarle, 18-1, in Northwestern Region semifinals).

District recap: The Yellow Jackets, who beat Stonewall, 9-7, in overtime in the Cedar Run final, have gained a reputation as a team with few emotional peaks and valleys, a collective personality that has suited them well. "When they have a loss they haven't cried -- you see some teams totally losing it -- and when they get back to practice they're ready to work," Coach Kate Thomas said. "Even when we win . . . we're very excited, but they're not going to go off the deep end." Junior Shayna Sargent scored two of her four goals in overtime in the final after sitting out about 15 minutes of the first half with an injured ankle. She played what Thomas called probably her best game of the season.

Stonewall Jackson Raiders (10-4)

How they qualified: Cedar Run District tournament runners-up.

What's next: At home vs. Cardinal District runner-up Hylton in Northwestern Region first-round game, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to Albemarle, 19-3, in the Northwestern Region championship).

District recap: The Raiders lost, 9-7 in overtime, to Osbourn Park in the Cedar Run final, but Coach Caitlin Barbakoff was encouraged by her team's performance. Freshman Sarah Klam scored two goals within 12 seconds late in the game to force overtime. Klam's offensive contributions helped compensate for the absence of sophomore Manda Krimmer, the team's second-leading scorer, who was ill. Senior Megan Wilkens, at one time the team's third-leading scorer, is settling in as a late-season replacement for goalkeeper Ana Marquez, who was dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons. "[Wilkens] has done enough in the last couple games for us to win," Barbakoff said. "She looked like a real goalie [Wednesday] night." Krimmer, key to the Raiders' transition game, is expected back for regionals. Junior Jessica Noone leads the team with 55 goals.

-- Preston Williams