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Juniors packing scoring punch for Quaker Valley boys lacrosse

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Kristina Serafini I Sewickley Herald
Quaker Valley's Jake Trovato (7) tries to get through traffic during a game against Latrobe on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Chuck Knox Stadium in Leetsdale.
Kristina Serafini I Sewickley Herald
Quaker Valley's Jimmy Perkins takes a hit from a Latrobe player during a game Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Chuck Knox Stadium in Leetsdale.
Kristina Serafini I Sewickley Herald
Quaker Valley's Jimmy Perkins (4) looks to grab a loose ball during a game against Latrobe Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Chuck Knox Stadium in Leetsdale.

Lacking depth, the Quaker Valley boys lacrosse team (5-2) has relied on two juniors for most of its scoring this season.

Attackman Jimmy Perkins and midfielder Jake Trovato have accounted for 56 of the Quakers' 80 goals.

Members of an offseason travel team, Perkins and Trovato possess superb playmaking and stickhandling skills, said Bill Marcotte, who in his ninth year at Quaker Valley, considers them among the best players he has coached.

“They're very creative and are good using their left and right hands,” said Marcotte, noting that top players use both. “They have good field sense; they get open and know where each other is.

“They're good leaders.”

Perkins, 17, said it helps that he and Trovato are friends.

“We know what the other is thinking,” he said.

After playing hockey in the winter, Perkins, who leads the team with 35 goals, did not expect to be as productive.

“I thought it would take us a little while to get in the groove,” he said.

Led by seniors Garrett Powell and Steve Wei and sophomore Aaron Cunningham, Quaker Valley also has done well defensively, holding opponents to 51 goals.

A first-year starter, Wei has excelled as long-stick midfielder.

“Steve's really shutting down opponents,” Marcotte said.

Also a standout on the boys tennis team, Powell, a defenseman, has been tireless in playing two sports in the same season.

“Garrett is a smart kid, good at time management,” Marcotte said.

Undefeated in Division II, Section 3, the Quakers are seeking their fifth consecutive WPIAL playoff appearance. Both losses came to Seton-La Salle, which leads Division II, Section 2.

Last year, Butler, which has moved to Division I, beat Quaker Valley in the first round of postseason play, the fourth straight season the Quakers were eliminated early.

“We're hoping to get a home (playoff) game,” said Wei, 18.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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