Three things motivated North Allegheny High's boys lacrosse team as it prepared to play Mt. Lebanon in the WPIAL Division 1 boys lacrosse championship on May 27 at Highmark Stadium.
Point No. 1 was that Mt. Lebanon had rolled to an 18-5 victory over the Tigers in the season opener for both teams on March 28. Point No. 2 was that the Tigers had fallen to the Blue Devils, 9-8 in double-overtime in the 2015 championship game. Point No. 2 was the Tigers' 9-8 loss to the Blue Devils on May 23, 2013, at Baldwin Stadium.
Point No. 3? Well, in the successful tenure of athletics at North Allegheny High School, the boys lacrosse team never had won a WPIAL championship.
That was the case until a sun-splashed night in late May when the Tigers held on to beat the defending WPIAL champion Blue Devils, 9-7.