Quaker Valley lacrosse settles for 2nd at WPIAL championship
The old saying “the third time's the charm” didn't hold true for the Quaker Valley boys lacrosse team last week.
The Quakers fell to Seton-La Salle, 13-8, in the WPIAL Division II championship game held at Baldwin High School. The squad lost to the Rebels twice during the regular season — 13-9 on April 3 and 9-7 on April 20.
“They are a physical team that gets after you,” Quaker Valley coach Bill Marcotte said. “They force you into tough situations, and you have to adjust.
“We had a hard time adjusting to their aggression.”
Seton-La Salle seemed to be cruising to the win at the start of the second half as it built a 10-3 lead after a flurry of four goals in the opening 6:40 of the third quarter. But the Quakers didn't quit and rallied. Jimmy Perkins scored two goals before the end of the third cut the deficit to 10-5.
Another Perkins goal, along with a score from Tyler Smith, cut the Rebels' lead to three. But the Quakers were unable to pull any closer as they were outscored, 3-1, over the final minutes and fell, 13-6.
“I think it shows the heart and conviction our team had,” Marcotte said of Quaker Valley's comeback. “They never gave up and fought to the end. It is a true testament to the type of kids we have.”
Perkins — the Division II Player of the Year — finished with six goals.
The Quakers defeated Indiana, 15-10, and Greensburg Central Catholic, 12-11, to reach the title game.
While it was a disappointing ending to the season, Marcotte does not want it to overshadow what the team achieved. The team captured its first section title in program history, hosted and won its first playoff game and reached the WPIAL title game for the first time.
The postseason run should pay dividends next season with the return of Perkins, defender Aaron Cunningham, goalie Elliot Sadja and midfielders Jake Trovato, Jack Regueiro and Jared Vescio.
“Next year the kids will have a feeling of been there, done that,” Marcotte said. “They have had the experience and have soaked in playing in bigger stadiums in front of bigger crowds. Just experiencing the atmosphere will be big.”