Norwin lacrosse ends season on high note
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The 2013 campaign didn't bring a postseason appearance for the Norwin lacrosse team, but it ended on a high note nonetheless.
The Knights (6-10) finished off the best season in program history with an 8-6 win over Gateway on Senior Night last Wednesday.
“We tied everything together as far as team concepts are concerned, being selfless and being resilient,” coach Jeff Braid said. “In terms of play on the field, we had the emotion and team interaction. Everything we worked for and talked about over the course of the season played out (Wednesday) night. It was nice to see the players realize that if you do these things, good things will happen.”
Braid said Norwin made plenty of progress in 2013, the fourth season in program history.
In addition to setting a program record for victories, the Knights stayed in postseason contention until the final weeks of the season. A 9-6 loss to Latrobe on May 1 effectively eliminated the Knights from contention.
Tough losses to the Wildcats and to section opponent Greensburg Central Catholic — which beat the Knights, 12-11, in overtime April 25 — kept Norwin out of the playoffs.
In all, Norwin lost five games by three goals or fewer — including three one-goal losses in overtime. Still, Braid said, that represents progress from the first few years of the program.
“Before, we would go into the third or fourth quarter down six or seven goals,” Braid said. “Now, we're going into the third or fourth quarter with a two-goal lead. So it's (a matter of) closing out and finishing.”
Now comes the next step. Braid said the Knights are “losing a lot of scoring” from this year's team. Attackers Josh Ellwood (14 goals), Brendon Masten (13), Tyler Liebdzinski (nine) and Adam Ponsonby (seven) are graduating, as is top-scoring midfielder Joel Batiste (seven goals, six assists).
In total, the graduating seniors scored 53 of the team's 66 goals this season.
In their place, Braid said he expected junior midfielder Nico Alessandro (seven goals) and junior defender Jesse Moonis, a captain this season, to step up as leaders. The Knights will have three defenders returning, and Braid said a strong group of underclassmen should contribute at midfield and on attack next season.
“We definitely have a strong backbone,” he said.
And Braid said the team is motivated heading into the offseason, “especially after (Wednesday) night.”
“That feeling of accomplishment, teamwork and being on the positive side of things, seeing how hard work can pay off — (after) getting a taste of that, they want more,” Braid said.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.
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.
- Rain washes out road, blamed in death of Perryopolis man in Perry Township
- Lopsided loss to Eagles shows Steelers have issues aplenty
- Hero Franklin Regional security guard out of work
- Rossi: Time with Penguins taught Bylsma importance of stability
- Unusually cold winter, spring reduces population of Western Pa. stink bugs
- Steelers notebook: Keisel always hoped to return
- Local libations: Map links Pittsburgh craft-alcohol producers
- Expert: Print on cyanide vial could be vital in Ferrante murder trial
- National Zoo celebrating panda’s first birthday
- Records: Steelers RB Bell admitted smoking pot before traffic stop but denied being high
- Sandusky cover-up case unusually shrouded