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Allentown-Notre Dame and Lawrenceville-Hun face off in MCT girls lacrosse semifinals – Trentonian

Notre Dame’s Michaela Driscoll, left, dodges toward the goal as Princeton High’s Leah Bornstein, right, during a first-round MCT girls lacrosse game Monday afternoon at Mike Perone Field in Lawrence Twp. (Kyle Franko / Trentonian photo)

The semi-final of any tournament is always the fiercest battle and usually delivers an exciting ending.

This year the semifinals of the girls lacrosse Mercer County Tournament will have all that and more as both games are rivalry games.

There’s the Colonial Valley Conference battle between No. 2 Allentown and No. 3 Notre Dame.

These two have had some classic battles over the years: In the MCTs, the state tournament and even the regular season matchup draw a lot of attention.

The other semi-final has two preliminary rivals. Whenever a schedule is released in any sport, Lawrenceville always checks when the Hun game is, and the same thing happens at Hun.

Both games will be played on the lawn at Lawrence High, with the Allentown – ND match taking place at 5 p.m., while No. 1 Lawrenceville will face No. 5 Hun at 7 p.m.

You can watch both games here

No. 2 Allentown (14-3) vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (10-3), 5 p.m. at Lawrence High

So many championship games are decided when these two come together, and despite the Redbirds having the upper hand as of late, it will be an exciting battle.

“Regardless of the sport, the students love it when Allentown takes on ND,” said Allentown coach Justin Schmid. “It’s a rivalry, so anytime you have a chance to beat your rival, especially when the stakes are high, it’s fun.”

Abby von Harten of Allentown scored her 100th goal in the quarterfinals, joining a host of Redbirds in that category.

Delaney Nolan leads with 49 goals, Marleigh White has 38 goals and 20 assists, Chloe Conti has 37 and 18 and Mya Lourenco has 29 and 38.

Allentown, which has captured the CVC Colonial Division, has focused on whatever task is at hand.

“If it’s a practice day, make it your best practice,” Schmid said of his message. “If it’s a match day, regardless of the opponent, be your best. There are only so many high school games you get, make them all count.”

The Irish are led by Reese Parker with 52 goals. Amelia Eilbacher has 31 and 28 assists. The Irish are happy that Capri Valentino is back on the field.

“We are playing with more confidence and have certainly had some quality wins, but we will have to play a very deliberate and clean game to take down a determined Allentown team,” said ND coach Bryan Fisher.

One of the things that makes these two so strong is that they are both excellent defensive teams. ND has a 7.00 goals against average and Allentown is 4.88.

It could be another Allentown-Notre Dame classic.

No. 1 Lawrenceville (9-7) vs. No. 5 Hun (9-5), 7 p.m. Lawrence High

Let’s face the facts: this has been the Big Red tournament, which has won the last five and entered this year as the top seed.

Hun, who has been waiting a while for a win over Lawrenceville after losing the last 15 meetings, stunned No. 4 Princeton to advance to the semifinals.

“Lawrenceville is a great team,” Hun coach Geoffrey Chrisman said. “But we have to focus on the things we are good at and not on who we play. If we play calmly and consistently, we can achieve tremendous success. We come in and play that game four minutes at a time. That’s the goal.”

It’s much the same for the Big Red: stay focused and don’t remember last season’s win over the Raiders.

“It’s always tough to beat a team twice,” said Lawrenceville coach Lindsay Mulhern. “But as long as our girls focus on our game plan and execute it, I think we have a chance.”

Both schools played a quality schedule. The big gaming experience goes to the Big Red, and that could mean something.

They will get a boost of confidence from the victory over PDS.

“The PDS victory was the culmination of a series of lessons learned,” Chrisman said. “Three of our losses this year were by one goal and the PDS game showed that as a program we have learned to deal with those moments. I really think it was a confidence boost for a lot of our sophomores who are starting to have big moments in big games. You notice that we have gained a lot of experience this year and that is starting to pay off.”

Lawrenceville has also invested heavily, with Maddie Brogan scoring six goals in the quarterfinals. She has 52 goals this season, Lexi Koch leads with 58 goals and Chloe Babich has 31 goals. Kate Morey, last year’s hero with three goals in the final, has 13 assists.

The Raiders have gotten solid play from Ava Olender with 58 goals and 27 assists, Olivia Kim has 46 goals and Aspen Swanson has 25 and 21 assists.

They are two proud prep programs, one wanting to surprise and the other wanting to leave things as they have been for the past five tournaments.

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In the two semifinals, No. 1 Pennington will host its neighbors, No. 4 Hopewell Valley, at Pennington at 5 p.m.

The Red Hawks (7-5) have gone 5-of-6 and are led by Hailey Adamsky with 43 goals and 15 assists. Olivia Davis scores 22 goals and Sara Surtz has 11 goals and 13 assists.

Hopewell Valley, which recently went on a nine-game losing streak, has won two of three. Gianna Azara with 60 goals.

Pennington may have too much firepower.

In the other semifinal, No. 3 Steinert (9-3) looks to prove a point as he heads to No. 2 Peddie (5-9) for a first draw at 5 p.m.

The Spartans are one win away from capturing another Patriot Division crown, and they want to show they can play with anyone.

Emily and Lauren, the Hardiman twins, also have identical numbers as they each have 26 goals. Brooke Sinay has twenty goals and Brenna Riddell has twelve goals and nineteen assists.

The Falcons want to prove they are worthy of the two seeds and show how much they have improved throughout the season.

They are led by Anna Treese and Grace Giblin, who each have 37 goals and 17 assists. Marcela Nearing has 34 goals.

This can come down to ground balls and turnovers.