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July 6, 2021 — Lacrosse region of the year, 2021

With the slow restart of high school sports in 2021, you actually didn’t have much opportunity to see really good scholastic lacrosse competition amongst regions this past spring.

In addition, most of the favored and fancied teams in the lacrosse universe managed to regain their positions at the tops of their respective leagues, sectionals and state tournaments.

However, there was an interesting occurrence in an area of the country which has always had a strong girls’ lacrosse tradition, but is just starting to assert itself on a national level alongside the likes of Maryland, Long Island, Massachusetts, and Florida.

That place is Pennsylvania. Since the movement of girls’ scholastic soccer to the fall for every corner of the commonwealth, this has allowed girls’ lacrosse to flourish from the Delaware Valley to the shores of the Monanagahela. In 2021, however, one area was better than anywhere else.

That area is the city of Radnor, a town of 32,000 due west of Philadelphia right at the intersection of the Main Line and the Blue Route.

Radnor (Pa.), the local public school, has been a District 1 power for years, and when the PIAA held its first state championship in 2009, the team won the championship by running clock.

In that year, in the second round of the tournament, Radnor had to repel a challenge from a school located only about a half a mile away, straight as the crow flies. That school was Radnor Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) out of the Philadelphia Catholic League. And despite the fact that the two schools are located right next to each other, they are in separate PIAA districts. Carroll is lumped in with the balance of PCL teams and those of the Philadelphia Public League, while Radnor High is an enormous pool of suburban public schools spanning four counties.

This year, Carroll and Radnor were in separate PIAA tournaments. Radnor, after slipping to Glen Mills Garnet Valley (Pa.) in the district semifinals, won their way into the 3A state bracket, winning the final over Manheim (Pa.) Township 11-5. In the 2A bracket, Carroll beat Wallingford Strath Haven (Pa.) 14-6, making it a sweep for the town.