Quaker Valley boys lacrosse continues season of firsts
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The Quaker Valley boys lacrosse team has been on a roll of firsts during the 2013 season.
The Quakers finished the Division II, Section 3 part of their schedule with a 5-0 record to capture the program's first section crown. The team's 11-3 overall mark qualified Quaker Valley for the postseason for the fifth straight season but gave the team its first home playoff game.
Quaker Valley made the most of the opportunity and defeated Indiana, 15-10, for its first WPIAL playoff win last week. Finally, Jimmy Perkins was the first Quaker to be named the Division II Player of the Year.
But the team won't settle until it reaches another first.
“What we have done so far has been big not just for the team but the entire program,” Perkins said. “It is a big stepping zone. But that was not our main goal. Our main goal is to win a WPIAL championship.”
The Quakers started the trek to the WPIAL title with the 15-10 win over Indiana last week. The Indians entered the game with a 10-3 mark and were the champions of Section 1.
Quaker Valley led, 8-6, at halftime and made a few second-half adjustments to carry it to the win. Perkins and Jake Trovato led the team with five goals each.
“We made some adjustments at the half from opportunities we saw,” Quaker Valley coach Bill Marcotte said. “They responded and did a great job executing our game plan.
“Defensively, we did a great job shutting some guys down and offensively we turned it up. We won the day.”
And playing in the familiar surroundings of Quaker Valley's Chuck Knox Stadium didn't hurt.
“It was good having the crowd behind us,” senior Chris MacPherson said. “We are familiar with the field so it was nice having that advantage.”
It was a strong end to a season where many did not see the Quakers as strong as in the past. The team lost several key players from the 2012 squad to graduation and with senior Garrett Powell going down with an injury, several young players, such as sophomore defender Aaron Cunningham and freshman goalie Elliot Sadja, were thrust into key roles.
Seeing his squad able to rebound from these obstacles has Marcotte confident Quaker Valley will continue to rise.
“I think the trajectory of this program is tremendous,” Marcotte said. “What we need to work on now is depth. We're still thin. We need to get experienced lacrosse players into the program at a young age. That is why the youth development is such a critical part of our focus.”
The team faced Greensburg Central Catholic on Tuesday in the semifinals. Results were unavailable before this edition's deadline. The WPIAL Division II title game will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, at Baldwin.
The winner of the game between the Quakers and Centurions will face the winner of the game between Seton-La Salle and Baldwin.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.
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