Shaler boys lacrosse team ready to rebound from tough start
By Jerry Clark
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The season has gotten off to a rough start for the Shaler boys lacrosse squad. An influx of youth on the varsity team coupled with a brutal opening schedule for a 1-4 start.
But the good news is coach Ken Sines has a group of freshmen — 17 in all — that went 31-1 during the past two years. Those freshmen now on the varsity team (who number 16) will join a solid nucleus of upperclassmen who are gelling each game. Sines expects the ship will be righted in time for a possible division title and playoff push.
“We have been starting five freshman and have others contributing,” Sines said.
The attack position is made up of senior Nate Devlin, who is second in scoring for the Titans after leading the way last season. Sophomore Zach Weidner had 19 goals as a freshman and has 11 goals and two assists this season. Freshman Jack Albright has seven goals and three assists in four games. The attackers have kept the team in some games, and with a good midfield, things could come together sooner than later.
Junior midfielder Ian Reagle and freshman Zach Romac also form a formidable tandem.
“We are finding chemistry,” Sines said. “What is hard is these kids never played together before, because they are far apart in age. They were in different grades at different points, so we are focused on this team right now, not on individual games. We are becoming more cohesive.”
The defense, the veteran group for the Titans, includes senior captains Mark Thon and T.J. Yarnell.
The Titans are missing Tyler Peck due to a broken hand. Peck led the team in ground balls before the injury.
Sines brought on a new staff to help him coach, and they have been running different systems.
More man-to-man defense has been a transition for the seniors, but Sines said his seniors have been doing a good job.
Shaler will play at Moon on April 19, at 8 p.m. before a trip to Norwin on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Elizabeth Forward school director accused in coin, jewelry theft
- Book take fictionalized look at famous McKeesport Kennedy-Nixon debate
- Primary challenges revealed
- Students prepare for robotics competitions
- Panthers free agent safety headed to Steelers
- Sheriff’s sale provides new owner for Wall Hotel
- Orpik rises to occasion as Penguins take down Capitals once again
- Figure skating coach dies in crash at Washington County Airport
- Penguins notebook: Letang skating, but no return set
- Can Pirates star outfielder McCutchen be even better in 2014?
- Police charge Westmoreland County priest in $124,000 theft case