Playoffs the goal for SSA girls lacrosse squad
By Marty Stewart
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Last season, the Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse team beat Seneca Valley in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs and fell in the semifinals to Pine-Richland. Coach Emily Schaknowski is hopeful that this year's squad will be a solid playoff contender.
The Indians lost six seniors to graduation but will return eight starters led by all-WPIAL standout Felicia Tissenbaum, a midfielder who will be playing at Stanford next year.
She will be ably complemented by fellow seniors Mickey Saperstein and Lia Winter at midfield along with senior attacker Michela Jaffe. Other returning starters are sophomore midfielders Kara Pooley and Charlotte Redican, junior defender Taylor Valenta and sophomore goalie Gabby Harchelroad.
The team will also feature some promising young newcomers in freshmen Sydney Jones, Katie Bray, Katherine McGhee and Alayna Trice.
“Our strengths will be our athleticism and our intelligence,” Schaknowski said.
“We have a good mix of experienced players and some talented underclassmen. We will be playing in Section1, Division 1 and the top contenders will likely be Mt. Lebanon and Peters Township.”
Schaknowski feels that if her team puts in the needed effort, they should contend again.
“We scrimmaged Fox Chapel after a few days of practice and it was obvious that we have some talent on the team but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done,” she said.
“We have put in a lot of work during the off-season and this group is working hard to challenge for the WPIAL championship.”
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Trade to Penguins caps frenetic period for winger Stempniak
- PennDOT secures more road salt
- Pirates notebook: Closer Grilli sharp in brief outing
- Keisel might be at end of Steelers career
- Peters Township’s Buckiso, Penn-Trafford’s Coy to meet with finals berth on the line
- Ex-tow truck operator says Pittsburgh officer, city put him out of business
- Warm weather could lure DIYers to Duquesne Light Home and Garden Show
- Former Kiski Area/Pitt star McKillop signs with CFL team
- Spring training breakdown: Twins 6, Pirates 5
- Malaysia Airlines says plane carrying 239 people missing
- China defends burgeoning military