There are times when the WPIAL lacrosse playoffs feature rematches of regular-season games. That, however, will not be the case when No. 2 seed Quaker Valley meets Shady Side Academy in a semifinal game at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Moon Area High School.
While Quaker Valley rolled to a 19-3 victory over Upper St. Clair in a first-round game played Wednesday, the Indians had a similar result with a 15-4 victory over host Pine-Richland on Thursday.
Shady Side Academy played all of its games in Division 1, Section 1, and the Indians finished the regular season with a 9-3 record. Quaker Valley, conversely, improved to 15-1 with Wednesday's victory. Two of their section triumphs en route to a 12-0 section record came against Pine-Richland. Their only loss was a 12-11 setback to an out-of-state team, Upper Arlington, an Ohio-based team that is the No. 1-ranked team out of 124 teams in Ohio, according to Laxpower.com.
Quakers' coach Nellie Kraus said her team's balance is a big factor in her team's success.