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As first postseason lacrosse tournament hosted by the Ohio High School Athletic Association looms, Stow-Munroe Falls boys lacrosse is limping into it.
By contrast, the Bulldogs girls lacrosse squad seems to be flying towards the postseason.
The Bulldog boys dropped a 17-2 loss to Brecksville-Broadview Heights at home May 9, which came on the heels of a 17-0 shutout loss to Bay May 6.
Stow did pick up a win last week, scoring an 11-6 win at Cleveland Heights May 4.
The Bulldogs record stood at 5-11 as of press time.
Meanwhile, the Stow made a successful trip to the Sylvania Northview May 6. Stow opened by be defeating Northview 10-4 in the morning, then scored a 9-8 win in overtime over Toledo Notre Dame Academy.
Stow then picked up its biggest win of the season, routing Boardman 24-1 May 9 at home.
For the boys, the game against the Bees saw Brecksville take leads of 5-0 after one quarter and 11-1 at halftime.
Brecksville dominated possession in the contest, finishing with a 36-14 edge in shots and an 18-6 edge in face-off wins.
Stow got goals from Declan Tubbs and John Koneval. Goalie Cole Wasko finished with five saves for Stow, while Hunter Geiger had four saves for the Bulldogs. Alex Dupuie led Stow with four ground balls.
Brecksville's Jack Wurtz, Will Morgan and Nathan Beaver each finished with three goals.
Stow was unable to find the net against the Rockets, as Bay tripled the Bulldogs' shot output (45-15). Stow did a bit better at face-offs, finishing with a 12-9 deficit. Bryan DeVitis led Stow with five ground balls.
Washko finished with 10 saves in the loss, while Geiger had four saves. Bay goalie Cameron Shank had seven saves to preserve the shutout.
Bay was led by five goals from Christopher Eifert, while Justin Fox had four goals.
Stow able to snap a two-game losing streak vs. Cleveland Heights. After the match was tied at 4-4 at halftime, Stow would out-score the Tigers 7-2 in the second half.
Stow won despite Heights having a 32-23 edge in shots, as Wasko finished with 10 saves and five ground balls. The Tigers had a slight 11-10 edge in face-off wins.
Chase Skall had one of his best games of the season, leading the Bulldogs with four goals, two assists on seven shots. Jacob Perch added two goals and two assists, while Owen Baker added two goals and three ground balls.
DeVitis and Tubbs each had a goal and two assists, while Koveval also scored.
DeVitis and Jon Harwell led Stow with six ground balls.
Stow was set to wrap up the regular season by hosting Willoughby South May 12, but results were not available at press time.
The Bulldogs will open the postseason in the Division I, Region 2 bracket. Stow will travel to Shaker Heights May 17 at 5:30 p.m. for its playoff opener. The winner of that contest will on the winner of the St. Ignatius-Cleveland Heights game May 20.
Meanwhile, the Stow girls trip to Sylvania could be called a tale of four halves.
Against Northview, Stow was tied 3-3 with the Wildcats at halftime, before outscoring them 6-1 in the second half.
Junior Grace Deegan had a hat trick for Stow, while Erika Green and Emmy Workman each had two goals. Goaltender Lucilla Perez finished with nine saves.
In the game against NDA, Stow led 6-1 after one half, only to see the Eagles rally to tie the match at 8-8 at the end of regulation
Deegan was the hero for Stow, as she scored five goals, including the game winner in overtime.
Perez finished with nine saves.
Against Boardman, everyone got into the scoring party for Stow, as 14 different Bulldogs found the back of the next against the Spartans.
Workman and Deegan each scored a hat trick in the rout. Perez needed to make only three saves in the win.
The Stow girls were set to close out the regular season by facing Mentor May 11 at home, but results were not available at press time.
Stow will open its postseason by taking on Magnificat May 16 at 5 p.m. at Lost Nation Sport Park in Lorain.