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PIAA Class 2A Girls Lacrosse: Strath Haven rolls past Merion Mercy

Strath Haven's Laura Conner, left, looks for room to move in the first quarter Tuesday against Marple Newtown. (Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group)

Laura Conner joined the 100 goal club as Strath Haven rolled over Merion Mercy, 19-5, in the opening round of the District 1 Class 2A girls lacrosse tournament Tuesday.

Conner scored twice, handed out one assist, recorded two ground balls, two caused turnovers and one draw control to send the second-seeded Panthers into Thursday’s quarterfinals for a home game against No. 7 Upper Perkiomen, a 17-5 winner over No. 10 Dock Mennonite. The winner of that game automatically qualifies for the PIAA tournament.

Conner reached the century mark to give Strath Haven a 3-0 lead. That advantage would grow to 13-0 before the Golden Bears finally got on the board.

Kaitlin Nieczpiel paced a balanced attack with three goals, nine draw controls and two ground balls. Julia Steere collected three goals, four assists, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Anna Dignazio also had a hat trick along with one assist, one draw control, two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Grace Kelly (three ground balls, one assist, one caused turnover), Megan Nichols (three draw controls, one caused turnover) and Whitney Taylor (one draw control) pitched in with two goals apiece. Ava Yancey made seven saves in goal and also had one ground ball.

Bishop Shanahan 16, Marple Newtown 4 >> The top-seeded Eagles moved into the quarterfinals behind three goals apiece from Annabelle Wiedel and Caitlin Hubyak. Sylvia Baptista and Paris Masaracchia pitched in with two goals each. Bishop Shanahan plays the winner of the game between West Chester East and Villa Maria Academy.

Lizie Getz paced the Tigers with three goals, one draw control and one caused turnover. Shani Conine also scored and Olivia DiValerio added two assists, three draw controls and one caused turnover.

In other first-round, Class 2A action, No. 12 Delco Christian dropped a 22-2 decision to No. 5 Mount St. Joseph. MSJ will take on No. 4 Upper Moreland, which defeated No. 13 Sun Valley. No other details were reported.

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