Quaker Valley's Perkins earns postseason honors
The individual honors that keep rolling in for Quaker Valley lacrosse player Jimmy Perkins have a lot of people excited.
Except for maybe one person.
“Everyone is more excited for Jimmy than he is for himself,” Quaker Valley lacrosse coach Bill Marcotte said. “He is always more focused on what he can do for the team than himself. He is a heck of an individual.”
The junior was named the WPIAL Division II player of the year by the Pittsburgh Lacrosse Foundation and went on to be named an US Lacrosse All-American. Both are firsts in Quaker Valley history and Perkins is the only Division II player to be named an All-American in 2013.
“It is obviously a great individual accomplishment,” Perkins said. “It shows hard work pays off. But I couldn't do it without my teammates.”
Perkins finished the season with 90 goals — 74 of which came in the regular season. His offensive production helped lead Quaker Valley to its first section title, playoff win and WPIAL title game in school history.
Perkins has been playing the sport since he was in the fifth grade.
He actually went on hiatus in the sixth grade and played baseball but returned to the sport after he started following the University of North Carolina lacrosse team.
“Billy Bitter made me want to play,” Perkins sad.
In addition to his ability on the field, Perkins is also a presence on the ice for the Quaker Valley hockey team. He finished the 2012-13 season with 38 goals and 31 assists while helping the Quakers finish 25-1 and reach the Pennsylvania Cup title game. The long run — along with the state-title winning season in 2011-12 — have forced Perkins to adjust between the two sports quickly.
“The last two years have been a little different coming in so late,” Perkins said. “But I do play travel lacrosse, so I never really put my stick down in the offseason.”
Perkins was not the only Quaker receiving postseason honors from the Pittsburgh Lacrosse Foundation. Midfielder Jared Vescio, long stickman Stephen Wei and defenders Aaron Cunningham and Garrett Powell made the all-Division II team. Jake Trovato also made the team for faceoffs.
Marcotte was named the Division II coach of the year.
The Sewickley Academy lacrosse teams also had several players earn postseason honors from the Pittsburgh Lacrosse Foundation.
Defender Chase Bly and long stickman Barret Fowkes were named to the all-WPIAL boys lacrosse team. Both were named to the all-Division I team, as was midfielder Jake Mulholland.
The girls team saw Alexis Bosilovic and Maggie McClain be named to the all-Division I team.
Kayla Foster was the lone Quaker to be named to the all-Division I girls lacrosse foundation by the Pittsburgh Lacrosse Foundation.
Middle school lacrosse
The Spirit of the Game award was presented by the Pittsburgh Lacrosse Foundation to the top middle school lacrosse players in Western Pennsylvania and several area athletes were chosen.
Quaker Valley's Jake Giotto and Sewickley Academy's Smith Johnson and T.J. McCloskey were selected for the boys. Quaker Valley's Sophia Poppenberg and Caitlyn McCloskey, as well as Sewickley Academy's Katherine Blaugrund and Gina Atwood also were selected.