Laxpower.com saw something it liked when it made its final rankings for the 2012 high school girls lacrosse season.
Teams competing in WPIAL's Division I could have told the experts a ranking system wasn't necessary. The proof was displayed on fields all over Western Pennsylvania and beyond.
Winners of their first 10 games, the Indians were proven to be fallible with an 11-10 loss to visiting Cleveland Heights. The other losses came against Mt. Lebanon (12-10), Seneca Valley (8-7 in double-overtime) and Sewickley Academy (13-11).
But the Indians proved to have hearts of champions as they avenged the losses to Sewickley Academy (10-5) and Mt. Lebanon (18-9). Those two victories took place in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the WPIAL tournament, and the Indians rode that momentum into the championship game where they defeated Pine-Richland, 21-18.
Two stalwarts from that team have returned for their senior seasons. Midfielders Caitlin Carey and Hannah "Jersey" Wilcox have another year of experience, and that should be a big boost for the Indians.
The Indians face another tough section schedule with Mt. Lebanon, Oakland Catholic, Seton-LaSalle, Shady Side Academy and Upper St. Clair on the section schedule. Shady Side and Mt. Lebanon were ranked in Laxpower.com's regional top ten a year ago.
Peters Township opens the season on Wednesday at Chartiers Valley. The Colts were the highest ranked Division II team at No. 8.
Division II: Chartiers Valley and Bethel Park both had stellar seasons a year ago. The Colts and the Black Hawks finished 1-2 in Division II, Section 1. Both advanced to the WPIAL playoffs. And both came up just short of WPIAL glory.
Chartiers Valley knocked of Blackhawk in the quarterfinals, 10-3, and the Colts defeated Bethel Park 16-10. But the ride came to a painful end for the Colts with an 11-10 loss to North Hills in the championship game.
Chartiers Valley always has played a solid schedule, and this season will be no exception. Dotted among the usual Division II opponents are games with Division I notables such as Seton-LaSalle, defending Division I champion Peters Township, Oakland Catholic and Mt. Lebanon. The Colts will find out right away where they are when they host Peters Township on Wednesday.
The section schedule is no picnic either with two games each against Baldwin, Bethel Park, Blackhawk and Moon Area. Three games are scheduled against Winchester Thurston.