PIAA lacrosse roundup: Mt. Lebanon's Lee saves trip to semifinals
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.