PIAA lacrosse roundup: Mt. Lebanon's Lee saves trip to semifinals
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Clinging to a one-goal lead, Mt. Lebanon needed one more save to ensure its third trip to the PIAA boys lacrosse semifinals in four seasons.
Matt Lee was there to provide it and the Blue Devils escaped with a 7-6 triumph over Shady Side Academy in quarterfinal action Saturday at Moon Stadium.
Dan Marous, who scored two fourth-quarter goals to keep Shady Side Academy's hopes alive, fired a shot on net with 56 seconds remaining, but Lee turned it away to secure the win after watching a 7-3 third-quarter advantage slowly dissipate.
“The pressure was definitely there,” said Lee. “Our defense kept our heads about us and I think that's what kept us in the game and got us the win.”
Shady Side (15-5) had a 16-10 advantage in shots on goal, but Lee was the equalizer with nine saves, six of which came in the third quarter.
“He's really come along in his consistency this year,” said Mt. Lebanon coach Mike Ermer of Lee. “Today, he was just seeing the ball well. Matt played outstanding.”
Brian Ward had a hat trick for the Blue Devils (14-9) in the first half. Dan Lee finished with two goals and an assist.
Peter McDonagh scored two goals for the Indians.
Mt. Lebanon 12, Quaker Valley 8 — Mt. Lebanon watched an early three-goal cushion quickly evaporate during Saturday's PIAA girls lacrosse quarterfinal. When control was re-established in the second half, the Blue Devils didn't let go.
Alyssa Battaglia scored six goals, Anna Albers added three and Mt. Lebo earned a 12-8 victory over Quaker Valley to reach its first PIAA semifinal in program history.
WPIAL champion Mt. Lebanon (22-0) took a 3-0 lead in the first four minutes and 20 seconds of the contest, but the Quakers (19-2) rebounded for a 6-5 edge on a goal from Kayla Foster with 1:03 remaining in the first half.
Mt. Lebanon still managed to head into halftime with momentum, though, after Albers scored with 39.2 seconds left and Becca Welsh rolled in another with 4.7 remaining for a 7-6 lead.
“They were two great goals,” said Mt. Lebo coach Brian Kattan. “It was good to get them on the right idea and in the right mental frame of mind to go into that second half ready to go.”
The Quakers evened the score early in the second half, but the Blue Devils countered with a 3-0 run and maintained a multiple-goal cushion for the remainder of the game.
Jason Orfao is a freelance writer.
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.
- Kang’s 9th-inning home run gives Pirates wild victory over Twins
- Rossi: ‘Hockey guy’ Sutter will be missed
- Steelers’ Wheaton adjusting his game moving to slot receiver
- School credit ratings a problem for several in Western Pennsylvania
- Pirates notebook: Prospect Tucker unaware of ‘trade’ frenzy
- Penguins trade Sutter to Canucks, sign free agent center Fehr
- Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell gets suspension, fine reduced
- Van Halen plays plenty of favorites in First Niagara show
- 5 face trial in beating of black man in Pittsburgh
- More than 100 stamp bags confiscated in Greensburg; 4 arrested
- Pirates’ Liriano unaffected by poor last outing against Twins