Joe Koch's feature on the Shaler girls' lacrosse team:
"The WPIAL Division II girls lacrosse championship game was shaping up to be a rout this past Thursday as top-seeded Shaler Area appeared to have the game well in hand with a 12-5 lead against Chartiers Valley with 2:23 left in the first half at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium.
But Shaler coach Jennifer Perestock knew that a championship is determined by the effort displayed for a full game, and not just one half.
She didn't like the fact that Chartiers Valley scored nine consecutive goals over the course of the last 30 seconds of the first half and the first 11 minutes of the second to take a two-goal lead at 14-12. But she also wasn't surprised that her Titans would stem the tide and hold the Colts scoreless for the final 12:41 while scoring three unanswered goals to earn a 15-14 victory and the first WPIAL Division II girls lacrosse championship in school history. The victory concluded the Titans' season at 18-1."
(Photo: Neely Regan, battling North Hills' Emma Weaver for possession during a regular-season game, helped Shaler win the WPIAL Division II championship last Thursday.)