Lacrosse: Oakland Catholic concludes historic season

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Time after time, Oakland Catholic girls lacrosse coach Anne Madarasz heard a familiar refrain throughout the 2017 season: how is it that your team is so successful?

She heard it the second time the Eagles played Franklin Regional, a team they had lost to in section play. Guess what? Oakland Catholic won that game by a 9-7 score that allowed the Eagles to claim co-ownership of the WPIAL Class 2A, Section 1 championship.

She heard it again in the semifinals of the WPIAL tournament where the Eagles met perennial power Quaker Valley, and they defeated the Quakers, 19-7, to advance to the championship game, the first in school history.

There, the critics seemed to be rewarded as Hampton took control early and rolled to a 15-5 victory over Oakland Catholic. But the fact that the Eagles had reached the championship game of the WPIAL tournament allowed them to advance to the PIAA tournament.


Lacrosse: Improbable season continues for upstart Oakland Catholic

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Oakland Catholic girls lacrosse coach Anne Madarasz enjoys it when observers tend to overlook a program that has recorded plenty of firsts this season.

When Oakland Catholic earned victories over Mars and and Quaker Valley in the WPIAL tournament, it marked the first time the Eagles program had earned postseason victories in the program's history.

And, despite a 15-5 loss to Hampton in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game at Robert Morris University's Joe Walton Stadium, the appearance earned Oakland Catholic an appearance in the first PIAA tournament.

To everyone but her team's surprise, Oakland Catholic made history this past Tuesday with a 16-4 thrashing of District 10 champion Fairview in a game played at McDowell High, which is less than 10 miles from Fairview's campus. In that victory, the Cyterski sisters dominated the scoring. Megan Cyterski led the Eagles with five goals and two assists. Natalie Cyterski had a solid game, too, with four goals and seven assists.


Photo Journal: Girls Lacrosse WPIAL 2A Championship - Oakland Catholic vs. Hamption (May 25)

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Oakland Catholic and Hampton met in the WPIAL 2A Girls Lacrosse Championship, Thursday, May 25 at Robert Morris University's Joe Walton Stadium. Hampton won the title 15-5.  Both teams will move on to PIAA competition.

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Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Lacrosse: Oakland Catholic grateful for "third season"

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When the Oakland Catholic girls lacrosse team was moving back to its bench following handshakes after a 15-5 loss to Hampton in the WPIAL Class 2A Girls Lacrosse Championship game this past Thursday at Robert Morris, the team was chanting "States! States! States!" with plenty of smiles around.

The sentiment didn't surprise Eagles coach Anne Madarasz.

"We're going to the [state tournament]," she said with more than just a hint of pride. "No one expected us to be here [at the WPIAL final]."

The Eagles had finished section play in a first-place tie, beating Franklin Regional the second time the two teams met.


Lacrosse: Oakland Catholic girls face big challenge with Quaker Valley

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Athletes face scores of challenges during the course of a season and -- potentially -- a career.

Such a situation faces the Oakland Catholic lacrosse team when it takes on top-seeded Quaker Valley in a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal game at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Allegheny High's Newman Stadium.

By the time these two teams take on the field, they'll already know will be in the 2A championship game as the other semifinalists -- Hampton and Franklin Regional -- meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the same venue.

Oakland Catholic is 13-2 entering this game. They finished in a first-place tie with Franklin Regional in Class 2A Section 1. Each team had an 11-1 section record, splitting the regular-season series.