Penn-Trafford boys lacrosse continues to show progress
TribLIVE Sports Videos
With his team ineligible to play in the WPIAL postseason until next year, Penn-Trafford boys lacrosse coach Dan Hagerty isn't necessarily looking at the final score to gauge his team's progress. He's looking at the games themselves to see how the Warriors stack up competitively with some of the higher-end programs around the area.
Thus far, Penn-Trafford is showing improvement in that area.
While the Warriors (3-2) lost, 14-3, to Indiana on Monday, the team has already exceeded its win total from last season and is looking for continued progress throughout the season.
“From what I've seen this year, they're developing quickly between the start of the season at the beginning of March and today,” Hagerty said. “They're really coming along quickly. Some of the upperclassmen who really only have two years under their belt now are starting to step it up and score some goals and put some shots on net.”
Hagerty said it can take some time for players to become proficient in lacrosse, with strategy and field sense sometimes taking the longest.
“Most of them are good athletes to begin with,” Hagerty said. “It's the field sense. It's knowing how plays will unfold before they unfold.”
Because Penn-Trafford's players are still developing their field sense, the team can have trouble with playing more established teams like Indiana or Greensburg Central Catholic, which beat the Warriors, 12-5, earlier this season. Hagerty said he was hoping the team could show more competitiveness against opponents like GCC as the season continued.
But Penn-Trafford is showing improvement from last season even in losses. The Warriors lost, 15-0, to Indiana and 20-2 to Latrobe last season.
“It's teams like that where last year we wouldn't even have a shot to compete with,” Hagerty said. “This year, we clearly could have played better (against GCC) and they played very well. But going into the game, I thought we had a shot to compete with them. That's something that is different this year, that we have folks coming along and a little more firepower on offense where I think we will be able to start playing with some of those mid-pack teams.”
Hagerty said the team's offense is showing progress. The Warriors scored 42 goals in their first five games, reaching double digits in victories over Gateway (10-9) and Plum (16-3).
Grant Shonesky scored the team's first two goals in the win over Plum last week. Brett Laffoon, Joseph Berardino, Zachary Chronowski, Vincent Ferragonio and Jake Grieco also scored for the Warriors, while goalkeeper Alex Martin and the defense held Plum in check.
“(Offense) is where some of our older guys are contributing,” Hagerty said. “Grant Shonesky is a big one. He has probably one of the best shots on the team. He can really light up the net when he gets into the right spot.”
Penn-Trafford will continue its season at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Aquinas Academy and will play at Gateway on Saturday.
“I'm sure (Gateway) will be an interesting rematch,” Hagerty said. “We're pretty evenly matched with them. It'll be a tough contest, I'm sure.”
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5830, via email at email@example.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib. Penn-Trafford High School student Sean DiBiase contributed to this story.
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.
- Saturday essay: Waltz of the robins
- Cole outduels Mets rookie, carries Pirates to victory
- Lenape students earn berth in national SkillsUSA competition
- Kittanning Municipal Authority seeks agreement to clarify its role
- Police boost efforts to aid child victims in Armstrong County
- Lowly job likely awaits former Pittsburgh police chief after prison
- Glassport honors native son as polka drummer
- Leader Times staffers recognized for journalism excellence by Press Club
- North Versailles commissioners withhold fire tax funds, cite 1 company’s noncompliance
- West Mifflin towing companies defend practices
- Hempfield pair caught in vehicle scam