Boys Lacrosse: 2017 West Season Recap

Written by Joe Koch on .

If nothing else is certain, the rivalry between the Quaker Valley and Moon boys lacrosse teams is going to be a good one for years to come.

Provided both teams remain in the same section.

Lacrosse fans got a good look at how intense this rivalry can be when the two teams met in the section finale for both teams on May 9 at Moon.

This game had all of the appearances of a playoff game because -- in a very real sense -- it was one.

Going into the game, both teams shared the lead in Class 2A, Section 1 with matching 6-0 records. The winning team would get a leg up in the WPIAL 2A tournament, a reward for an unbeaten section record.

Jake Giotto had a hand in two crucial goals in the Quakers' 14-13 victory over the Tigers. After assisting on Evan Frund's goal that tied the game at 12-12 with 4:03 left in the fourth quarter, Giotto scored the game-winner with 1:44 left in the first overtime.

"This was a fantastic game," said first-year Quakers coach Chip Hansen. "There were two really good teams [playing], and it went right down to the end in overtime."

Hansen agreed that the game featured plenty of runs by both teams.

"[Both teams] were playing hard and battling the whole game," he said. "We did our best and communicated as a team, and stayed positive. We tried to do all the little things well."

Moon coach Mark Ringeling was just as pleased with his team's effort.

"I'm very proud of my guys," he said. "They had plenty of fight, and we're traditionally a second-half team. When we were down in the first half, I wasn't too nervous. We came back with a great effort early in the second half. We battled back, took the lead, and it was a back-and-forth game. I'm proud of my guys' resolve."

Both teams would advance to the WPIAL tournament. For its part, Quaker Valley advanced to the WPIAL final, where it would eventually fall to Mars. Moon was upset by Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals.

It's likely, though, that both teams will have plenty to look forward to in 2018. This section finale certainly displayed that.