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.