Lacrosse: Slow start dooms Franklin Regional in PIAA play-in game

Written by Joe Koch on .

The one thing a coach hopes for is a quick start in a game, no matter how meaningful it is.

Franklin Regional coach Eric Barnabei had hoped for such a scenario when his team lined up to play Quaker Valley in the WPIAL Class 2A consolation game this past Thursday at Robert Morris.

But that dreamed was dashed as the Quakers -- still smarting over a 10-9 loss to Oakland Catholic in a WPIAL semifinal that ruined a perfect season -- scored six of the game's first seven goals and rolled to a 12-5 victory over the Panthers.

"[Playing from behind] is not our game," Barnabei said. "That took the wind out of our sails. We [scored] a couple of goals, and they did a good job answering those goals every time we scored. That kept the momentum going their way."


Lacrosse: Franklin Regional girls get second chance with Hampton

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It likely was one of the best lacrosse games -- boys or girls -- played this season.

And the two teams involved with that classic -- Hampton and Franklin Regional -- will meet again in a WPIAL Class 2A girls semifinal at 6 p.m. Monday at North Allegheny High School.

The winner of that game will meet the winner of the other semifinal between Quaker Valley and Oakland Catholic that will be played at the same venue at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game.

But ... a look back at the 13-12 overtime non-section thriller that host Hampton won over Franklin Regional on April 27.


Lacrosse: Franklin Regional boys win battle for second place

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Thanks to a a 15-1 victory over Plum in the regular-season finale, Franklin Regional's boys lacrosse team locked up second place in Class 3A Section 2.

Shady Side Academy is the outright champion with a 7-0 record. Franklin Regional is 5-2 against section rivals. Both Latrobe and Fox Chapel had 4-2 section records heading into their regular-season finale, and the best each team can hope for is third place. Franklin Regional defeated both Latrobe and Fox Chapel by matching 10-5 results in the regular season. Strangely enough, Franklin Regional lost its regular-season meeting to Shady Side Academy by the same 10-5 margin.


Boys Tennis: East Feature Athlete - Franklin Regional's Surya Seth

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Name: Surya Seth
School: Franklin Regional
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Tennis

Background: Was a member of the Panthers No. 1 doubles team for most of the year and qualified for the WPIAL Class 3A tournament. Is paired with Joseph Bonfiglio in the playoffs and will play Mt. Lebanon's Ian McCabe and Sam Bellini in the opening round of the tournament.


Wrestling: Franklin Regional's Contraguerro commits to Ohio University

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Franklin Regional has been a staple of success around in the WPIAL for years when it comes to their wrestling program. The Panthers have shown that they possess more Division I talent than just Spencer Lee.

One of those is Lee’s classmate, Daniel Contraguerro. Contraguerro announced on May 4th that he will be continuing his wrestling career at Ohio University.


Contraguerro was a section champion in 2016 and section and Westmoreland County runner-up as a senior.


In his senior year, Contraguerro finished with a record of 26-11.