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Local talent leads Pittsburgh U11 lacrosse teams' success

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Youth Lacrosse U11 team.
The Pittsburgh Youth Lacrosse U11 team.
The Pittsburgh Youth Lacrosse U11 teams featured mostly players from the Fox Chapel area.
The Pittsburgh Youth Lacrosse U11 teams featured mostly players from the Fox Chapel area.

The Pittsburgh Youth Lacrosse U11 teams both had outstanding seasons and it didn't go unnoticed.

The U11 Red team (15-0) and the U11 Blue team (14-1) recently received recognition from the state and the office and staff of state Sen. Frank Dermody (D-33).

“On behalf of all of the coaches players and parents, I cannot tell you what an honor it is to receive recognition of the team,” coach Brad Root said. “We had an exceptional season. It was a record season for this age group. This occurred only because of the contribution of everyone involved.

“We had a select group of players from both teams that competed in Lax-Splash two weekends ago in Baltimore. We won all three first games and lost on Sunday in the quarterfinal game. Baltimore lacrosse fans were shocked with our ability and accomplishment. Many said they knew us a football team — not a lacrosse powerhouse.”

Root said he could not be more proud of the team.

“Their success is rightly deserved but would not be possible without the commitment of their parents or of my fellow coaching staff,” he said. “It is going to be very exciting to see what these boys do competitively on a local level together as they mature and move into other age groups. This was truly a season of ‘The Little Engine that Could.' And they did.”

The team was composed entirely of Fox Chapel, Aspinwall, Blawnox and Sharpsburg players with the exception of Jack Harden of Oakmont, Thomas Muse of Squirrel Hill and Sam Szweda of Latrobe.

The rest of the roster included Cooper Bashforth, Jonathan Bates, John Calihan, Nico Castracani, John Crookston, Donovan Cutchember, Jack Flanagan, Joey Flanick, Ian Lowe, Woody March, Gage McManus, Luke McElligot, Joshua Miller, Nick Pushic, Devon Root, Jack Scott, Jacob Shoop, Aviel Solomon, Patrick Walsh, Jack Barton, Jacob Correnti, Jeremy D'Antonio, Joey D'Cunha, Brice Delaney, Sam Feczko, Tommy Iurlano, Charlie Katarincic, Andrew Landman, Jack McGhee, Michael Mendelson, Charles Smith, Blake Thomas, Jack Todd, Charlie Troutman and Reed Troutman.

Jay Katarincic was the coach of the Blue team.

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or

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