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The final preparations for the NCAA lacrosse tournaments are underway.

With the brackets being released Sunday, local coaches and student-athletes learned their road to a possible championship.

Here's a breakdown of locals at each level:

DIVISION I MEN'S

Head coach Joe Alberici (Auburn) led the Army West Point team to another Patriot League title this season. Army opens up the postseason against No. 4 Penn on ESPNU at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Skaneateles' Devin Callahan has played four games as a walk-on at Richmond, who opens the tournament against No. 2 Duke Sunday at 5 p.m.

Syracuse plays No. 8 Loyola (Maryland) in the first round Saturday at noon on ESPNU.

DIVISION I WOMEN'S

Defender Catie Woodruff (Skaneateles) led the University of North Carolina to an upset win over previously undefeated Boston College in the ACC championship game. The Tar Heels earned the No. 3 seed and take on the winner of Florida and Johns Hopkins on Sunday.

Woodruff started in all 17 games for UNC, picking up 18 ground balls and recording eight caused turnovers.

Loyola takes on Richmond in the first round. Skaneateles' Hannah Powers recorded 51 goals and 44 assists in 19 games with the Greyhounds during her senior season.

Kyla Sears (Skaneateles) is on No. 7 Princeton, who takes on Wagner Friday. The sophomore amassed a team-leading 81 points in 17 games for the Tigers this season.

Seeded No. 5, Syracuse has a first-round bye and takes on either Penn or Georgetown on Sunday.

DIVISION II MEN'S

Le Moyne earned one of the top seeds and takes on either No. 4 Mercy or No. 5 Seton Hill Saturday at Noon.

The Dolphins feature sophomore Kaiden Tubbert (Auburn) and senior Dan Entenmann (Auburn). Entenmann has 20 goals and 25 assists, while Tubbert has three goals and seven assists in 16 games this season.

DIVISION II WOMEN'S

Mercyhurst earned a No. 3 seed and takes on No. 2 East Stroudsburg on Friday. The Lakers boast two Auburn grads in Lacey Netti and Julia Rescott.

Netti has registered 28 goals and 50 assists for a team-leading 78 points in 19 games this season, while Rescott has 35 goals and a pair of assists.

Le Moyne took one of the No. 1 seeds and plays No. 4 Mercy on Friday. Former Skaneateles goalie Emily Baldwin has made six appearances in relief with a .571 save percentage in more than 136 minutes of action.

DIVISION III MEN'S

St. John Fisher, with three local athletes, takes on Gettysburg Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Jordan-Elbridge's Zach Wagner has tallied 50 points in 18 games for the Cardinals. Nick Hallinan (Jordan-Elbridge) has made five saves in three relief appearances in net, while defender Tyler Priest (Skaneateles) has gotten into a pair of games.

DIVISION III WOMEN'S

Ithaca and Skaneateles grad Bailey Herr take on Meredith Saturday at 1 p.m. Herr has a team leading 92 points (54 goals, 38 assists) in 19 games for the Bombers this season.

St. John Fisher earned a bye in the first round and takes on either Brockport or SUNY Canton Sunday. The Cardinals have four local athletes — Auburn's Bianca and Dommie Giacona, Jordan-Elbridge's Emily Drake and Skaneateles' Molly Rourke.

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Sports writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 315-282-2256 or at jeremy.houghtaling@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenHough.

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