When Blackhawk High began its girls lacrosse program in 2011, the Cougars jumped right into Division II play, and they finished with an 0-13 record. The following year, coach Kevin White's Cougars won their first two games and played well enough the rest of the way to finish the regular season with a 9-8 record and earn a berth in the WPIAL Division II playoffs.
All things considered, it was a wonderful second season for the Cougars, who finished the season with a 10-3 loss to Chartiers Valley.
Moon Area High has taken a different approach with its program. Both its boys and girls teams came into existence in 2011. Moon lost the only game it played in 2011, and finished 2012's Independent schedule with a 3-3 record, winning its last two games against University High of Morgantown, W.Va., 12-7, and Fairview, 12-6.
This year, the Tigers have dropped the "Club" designation from their name as they are embarking on a Division II, Section 2 schedule. They open on April 2 with a home game against Chartiers Valley. It's a busy schedule with two games apiece against the Colts, Bethel Park, Baldwin, Winchester Thurston and Blackhawk.
Coach Caitlin Fearon said she and her team are excited about playing as full members of the WPIAL. Winning those final two games in 2012 likely was a nice springboard for the Tigers heading into their opener with Chartiers Valley.
Moon and Blackhawk are the only high schools in Sports Town's West region offering girls high school lacrosse.