Shady Side Academy, Quaker Valley earn WPIAL boys lacrosse titles
The Quaker Valley boys lacrosse team can finally forget about its last loss.
The Quakers (18-0) completed their undefeated season Friday, topping Indiana, 13-10, in the WPIAL Division II final at Highmark Stadium, a year after falling to Seton La-Salle in the championship game.
“We're really happy for our kids,” Quaker Valley coach Bill Marcotte said. “The WPIAL championship is what we set our sight on at the beginning of the season. It was unfinished business, and we accomplished it today.”
Senior captain Jake Trovato finished with a game-high seven points for Quaker Valley, scoring three goals and assisting on four more. All-WPIAL attackman Jimmy Perkins, junior midfielder Jared Vescio and sophomore attackman Mike Clark all finished with hat tricks, and sophomore attackman Tyler Smith also scored for the Quakers.
With Perkins and Trovato graduating, QV made the most of what could be its best opportunity to claim a title. Indiana's future is bright with just two players graduating.
“(The experience) is invaluable, and it was unexpected,” Indiana coach Allen Affolter said. “We were just trying to work on simple goals, and those simple goals got us all the way here.”
The teams traded goals for much of the game until Trovato took over. With the score tied 8-8 early in the fourth quarter, the senior won five straight faceoffs, which led to four Quaker Valley goals in the span of 1 minute, 20 seconds. Trovato scored two and assisted on two more.
“By the fourth quarter I had a chance to figure some of the guys out (in the faceoff circle) and get an idea of what was going to work and what wasn't,” Trovato said. “I hit a few pipes today, and after I started winning those faceoffs some of those shots started going in.”
Junior Ryan Watters had three goals and an assist for Indiana (11-5).
Led by Dan Marous' third quarter hat trick, Shady Side Academy (14-4) knocked off defending champion Mt. Lebanon, 7-2, to claim its first Division I title. Both teams advance to the PIAA tournament Wednesday, time and location to be determined.
“Dan's our senior captain and it filtered down from there,” SSA coach Michael Williams said. “Once Dan started getting going, everyone started going. We got loose, had fun and played our kind of game.”
Mt. Lebanon (12-9) has won four titles the past eight years but has failed to repeat in that span.
“I'm pleased to get to this point and to the state tournament,” Mt. Lebanon coach Mike Ermer said, “but we lost to a very talented, experienced team.”
Shady Side goalie Tucker Gillman, a Georgetown recruit, made 10 saves. Clayton Krol finished with two goals, and Alec Bernstein and Peter McDonagh had one each.
Gary Horvath is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.