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Chartiers Valley senior waited for time to shine

| Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Chartiers Valley lacrosse team is a squad rich with senior talent. Many of the athletes have been multi-year starters, and some are seeing the field for the first time as freshmen.

But, goalkeeper Steve McLain is none of these. He's a senior starting for the first time.

"It wasn't hard waiting to get the spot," McLain said. "I was just waiting for my time to shine."

The wait might have been worth it. McLain has helped lead the Colts to a 13-4 record. The senior has started in front of the net in every game and has racked up 125 saves.

Heading into the season, Chartiers Valley coach Tony Greco said he had some concerns about McLain. They quickly disappeared.

"I was worried about the experience factor," Greco said. "But there is the old saying, 'never doubt your seniors.' He played behind two all-division goalies, though he had the ability to start."

McLain had to play behind Ian Wolfe and Steve Weiss the past three seasons. Wolfe was the goalie for McLain's freshman and sophomore seasons while Weiss took over the position last season.

"Seeing them play was great," McLain said. "It helped me learn the defense better and also helped me gain a better view of lacrosse. Playing behind them taught me moves and some little things to improve my game."

Wolfe and Weiss made All-Division, and Wolfe was named Division 2 Player of the Year in 2008. Greco said there is no doubt that McLain is on track to receiving postseason honors like his predecessors.

"(McLain) easily could be All-Division this year," Greco said. "It would be great. He is a great example for the younger guys. If you wait and have patience, something good can happen."

McLain has been a brick wall in front of the net to close out the season. In the last three games of the regular season, McLain allowed only 3.6 goals per game.

"He has absolutely been on a hot streak," Greco said. "But I can't say even in our losses he has looked bad."

McLain said as the team enters the playoffs, the Colts will treat every game as if it is for the WPIAL title.

"Coming into this season, all I wanted was to make the playoffs and win a championship," McLain said.

The Colts were to face Erie Cathedral Prep on Wednesday. Results were unavailable prior to this edition's deadline.

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