Joe Koch profiles the Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse team.
(Photo: Chartiers Valley midfielder ShyAnne Toomer protects the ball from Winchester Thurston defender Maria Lagnese during the Colts' victory against the Bears last week. Connor Mulvaney/Post-Gazette)
"Perhaps a change in venue for the championship game will yield a better result for the Chartiers Valley High School girls lacrosse team.
For the past three seasons, the Colts have advanced to the WPIAL championship game only to see their hopes dashed with successive losses to North Hills -- 15-5 in 2011 and 11-10 in 2012 -- and a heartbreaking 15-14 setback to Shaler Area a season ago.
All three of those losses took place at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium. This year, the girls Division 1 and Division 2 championships will be played on May 22 at Highmark Stadium at Station Square. If the first 11 games are any indication, the Colts -- who are 10-1 following Tuesday's home victory against Moon Area -- are in line for another shot at a championship.
"Yeah, we would be silly not to think that wasn't in our future, but given the dynamic of our team and the amount of athletes and talent we have on this team, it is a likely scenario,'' said Julie Gould, the Colts' fourth-year coach. "Whether it plays out like that, we don't know."