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Lacrosse: First place at stake for Pine-Richland, Quaker Valley

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Plenty will be on the line at 5:30 p.m. Monday when Quaker Valley hosts Pine-Richland in a girls lacrosse game at Chuck Knox Stadium. The game was initially scheduled to be played on April 21, but was postponed until Monday because of persistent lightning.

The Quakers won a heart-stopping 14-13 victory over Fox Chapel this past Thursday when they scored two goals in the final 47.4 seconds of the game.

Emily Kraus tied the game with 47.4 seconds left on a free position shot, and Aubrey Bouchard picked up a loose ball with about 15 seconds left, raced the length of the field and scored with 6.3 seconds left.

"My teammate Rachel Bould got an amazing check," she said. "I saw there was 15 seconds left, and she could have taken the ball in. But I was open right in the middle, and she got the ball to me. As a senior captain, I didn't want to let the team down. I just sprinted down the field, squared my hips up and hit the [left] corner."

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Lacrosse: Section showdown takes place Wednesday

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Showdown games are a big part of high school boys lacrosse, and one such contest takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when Pine-Richland hosts Shady Side Academy in a Division 1, Section 2 contest.

Both teams enter the game with matching 3-0 section records. Pine-Richland is 7-1 overall. The Rams' only loss was a 13-10 setback to Kiski Prep, which plays some WPIAL teams and plenty of prep schools. Shady Side Academy is 5-2 overall. Both of their losses to out-of-state teams. The Indians fell to Norfolk, Va., Academy, 12-5, in the season opener and Western Reserve Academy of Ohio by a 9-8 margin in overtime.

Shady Side has had some close calls while remaining unbeaten against WPIAL foes. The Indians defeated Peters Township, 8-6, in a non-section game, and held off Section 2 rival North Allegheny, 5-4, this past Thursday.

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Lacrosse: Three girls teams atop standings in Division 1, Section 2

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Defending champion Quaker Valley has plenty of company atop the standings in Division 1, Section 2 of WPIAL girls lacrosse. The Quakers and the Pine-Richland Rams share matching records of 5-1, and Fox Chapel is marginally ahead with a 6-1 section record.

Pine-Richland is 10-1 overall. Following an opening-day 15-12 loss to Quaker Valley, the Rams have won nine games in a row, the latest a 17-2 victory over North Allegheny on Tuesday. The Rams' game at Quaker Valley this past Thursday was postponed because of lightning. The game has been tentatively rescheduled for May 2 at a time to be determined at Quaker Valley.

The Quakers' lone section loss was an 8-6 setback to Fox Chapel. The Quakers came back from a weekend trip to Ohio this past weekend with a 13-7 loss to unbeaten Upper Arlington and successive victories over Westerville North, 12-2, and Centerville, 16-0.