Alexandria is home to two nationally ranked girls lacrosse programs and after the two met Tuesday, St. Stephens and St. Agnes emerged victorious.
The 18-5 win over Bishop Ireton opens up the regular season for the two squads. Heading into the 2011 campaign, EPSN Rise ranked SSSAS No. 6 in the country while Ireton was locked in at No. 26.
The Alexandria academies are two of five ranked Virginia schools; St. Annes Belfield in Charlottesville, James Madison in Vienna and Collegiate in Richmond round out the talented group.
The Saints face Bryn Mawr at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, while the Cardinals head to Flint Hill School at 4 p.m., Friday.