Sewickley roundup: Quaker Valley boys lacrosse to host 1st WPIAL playoff game
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Quaker Valley qualifying for the WPIAL Division II boys lacrosse playoffs is nothing new. But playing a playoff game at home is.
The Quakers recorded their fifth straight WPIAL playoff appearance after finishing the season with a 9-3 overall mark and a 5-0 record in Section 3 play. The strong season led to Quaker Valley hosting its first WPIAL playoff game.
“We knew we had some talent coming back,” Quakers coach Bill Marcotte said. “We didn't know who would fill the holes from graduation, but we had young guys who stepped up and did an admirable job.”
The Quakers got a tough draw in the first round as they host Indiana at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Indians finished the season with a 10-3 overall mark and a 4-1 record in Section 1. Indiana has one of the top offenses in the WPIAL, as it averages 13 goals per game.
“If you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best,” Marcotte said. “This team is not afraid to play anyone.”
After starting the season 0-7, the Sewickley Academy lacrosse team got wins when it mattered and qualified for the WPIAL Division I playoffs for the fifth straight season.
The Panthers finished the regular season with a 7-10 overall record and a 4-2 mark in Section 1 play. They recorded wins over Trinity by forfeit and Central Catholic, 12-4, in Section 1 play and beat Kiski Prep, 14-11, in a nonsection game last week.
The Panthers faced Shady Side Academy on Wednesday. Results were unavailable at prior to this edition's deadline.
Both Quaker Valley (8-6-1) and Sewickley Academy (8-7) qualified for the WPIAL Division I playoffs and will have their hands full.
The Quakers drew top-seeded Shady Side Academy in the opening round. The Indians finished the season with a 14-2 mark and a 9-1 record in Section 1. They average 14 goals per game while surrendering only nine.
Quaker Valley travels to Shady Side Academy at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Sewickley Academy, meanwhile, faces Peters Township at 7 p.m. Friday. The Indians finished the season 14-2 overall and 9-1 in Section 1 for a first-place tie with Shady Side Academy. Peters Township has an offense ranked No. 2 in the WPIAL, with a 15 goals-per-game average. The defense surrendered only six goals per game.
The Quaker Valley softball team finished with a 3-10 overall record after wrapping up the season with a 6-5 win over Rochester last week.
Quaker Valley senior Rachel Smith signed her letter of intent to continue her playing career at West Virginia Wesleyan last week. Smith was a three-year letter winner and two-time all-section selection.
West Virginia Wesleyan competes in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II.
Tufts University freshman Caroline Ross was named the 2013 NESCAC Rookie of the Year.
The Sewickley Academy grad scored 35 goals, 25 of which came in conference games. She ranked seventh in the league in scoring and had four contests with three or more goals.
Carnegie Mellon junior and Sewickley Academy grad Ian Bangor was chosen to compete in the NCAA Division III men's golf championships. The event is being held this week at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.
The Johnstown Tomahawks were named Organization of the Year by the North American Hockey League.
The Tomahawks — owned by Sewickley resident Jim Bouchard — were chosen due to the performance during the regular season as voted by the league's coaches.
The Tomahawks compiled a 27-21-12 record during the 2012-13 season — its first since relocating from Alaska where it was known as the Avalanche. The team averaged 3,000 or more fans in 11 home games and ranked fifth in attendance in the NAHL.
The NAHL is a junior hockey league that is in its 37th year of operation.
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