Shady Side Academy boys turn in solid lacrosse season
The Shady Side Academy boys lacrosse team saw its season come to an end in the WPIAL Division 1 semifinals last week as the Indians fell to North Allegheny by a 9-5 score, but the season was a successful one for the 11-5 Indians.
“We were 5-1 in Division 1, Section 2 and were co-champs of the section,” SSA coach Darrell Schmitt said.
The Indians also competed in the MSCLA (Middle States Collegiate Lacrosse Association) and finished with a 4-3 record and made the “B” bracket playoffs.
The leading scorers for the Indians this season were Dan Marous, Michael Concordia and Ian McCague.
The Indians had numerous players receive postseason recognition.
Marous made the MSCLA first team at midfield and Chris Bush was first-team defense. Concordia was chosen to the second team at midfield while Tucker Gillman, Matt O'Conner and Connor Jones received honorable mention.
Four SSA players were nominated for All-American — Bush, Marous, Concordia and Gillman, with Gillman making the squad. He was chosen as the 2013 WPCLA Player of the Year and was also an academic All-American, along with making the WPIAL all-section team.
Marous, Concordia and Bush also made the all-section team, along with Robert Woodings.
Bush and McCague are seniors. Other seniors on the team are Dylan Wecht, Jake Farrell, captain Peter Eisenbrandt, Michael Mathieson, Alex Young, Clayton Hirsch and Will Bensur.
“The key to the team's success was our defense and our strength in goal,” Schmitt said. “We gave up the fewest goals in the WPIAL.”
Schmitt was also proud of the effort put in by this season's group of seniors.
“They did a tremendous job and they will be greatly missed next year,” he said.
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.