Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/4/10
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) has officially released its list of district lacrosse qualifiers for the two-year period of 2011-2012.
Also, the PIAA has released the calendar for games for the PIAA tourney and overall numbers as boys’ and girls’ lacrosse continues to grow throughout the state. (see key facts and figures)
As previously reported by Phillylacrosse.com, the number of boys’ teams from District 1 that will advance to the PIAA tourney has been reduced from seven to five for 2011-12. The number of girls’ teams that will move on to the PIAA tourney from District 1 will remain at seven. (Note: every two years, these numbers are revisited.)
The two boys’ and girls’ berths were given to the combined districts of 2/4 and 6/10. District 4 will field three boys’ teams (Lewisburg, Mifflinburg, Selinsgrove) and District 2 has two teams (Delaware Valley and Tunkhannock). District 6 (Bellefonte, State College) and District 10 (Erie Cathedral Prep, McDowell) each will field two teams.
District 1 boys’ teams may question why their number of state berths has been cut so drastically. And many more may wonder why District 12 – which features powerhouses La Salle (two state titles and one runner-up in last three years) and St. Joseph’s Prep – receives one berth while two berths will be given to relatively new teams from a combined four districts that have no track record in boys’ lacrosse.
But PIAA officials have steadfastly explained that the number of state berths is awarded solely on numbers and it decided to give these districts berths in both the boys’ and girls’ brackets to continued to grow the sport.
Also as previously reported, the 2011 state title games will not be played back-to-back as they have for the first two years of the tournament. Next spring the girls’ title game will be played as part of a Friday doubleheader with the state soccer finals at HersheyPark Stadium.
The boys’ game will again be held on a Saturday as a single game at HersehyPark Stadium.
PIAA officials have said they will seriously consider a re-bid for sites closer to the Philadelphia region for the 2013-14 seasons. Two possible sites are Lehigh University and the new PPL Park (Philadelphia Union home) in Chester.
The PIAA also has said and that it is possible there could be two classifications by that time. Officials have said that once the overall number of teams reaches 200, they will split into Class AA and Class AAA. Currently, there are 165 girls’ teams and 163 boys’ teams, although that does not even include most of the teams from the Philadelphia Public League.