A convincing 7-0 win against Kiski Area has kept Latrobe's playoff hopes alive as the team enters May with two section contests remaining. Currently the Wildcats sit in fourth place, on the outside looking in at the three teams ahead of them already with playoff berths clinched. Latrobe has remaining games at Norwin on Monday and at home vs. Hempfield on Tuesday. Hempfield (12-2, 10-1) has already clinched the section title and Penn-Trafford (11-3, 7-3) and Norwin (7-3, 7-3) are just ahead of Latrobe (8-5, 6-4). The top three teams in each section qualify for the playoffs. If there are ties for the last spot in a section, head-to-head competition breaks the deadlock. If two or more tied teams split in head-to-head, they all go. Latrobe has been swept by Penn-Trafford so it would need to avoid a tiebreaker with the Warriors but Latrobe did win 12-9 versus Norwin and it has one remaining game against the Knights. Something else potentially working in Latrobe's favor is that its last section game is against Hempfield, a team that has already clinched an outright section title.
With just two games remaining in the regular season, the Latrobe High girls lacrosse team is two steps away from an unbeaten regular season and what should be a solid seeding in the WPIAL Division 2 tournament.
Latrobe is 13-0 heading into Tuesday's game at Greensburg Salem and at home Thursday against Hempfield.
In the first meeting with these two teams, the Wildcats earned double-digit victories over both teams. They defeated Greensburg Salem, 18-6, and Hempfield, 15-5.
Latrobe is coming off a big 11-2 victory over The Ellis School on Thursday night. In the first meeting, Ellis gave the Wildcats a scare before Latrobe prevailed, 16-12. Six of their victories have been by 10 goals or more.
Marky Billson profiles the Latrobe girls lacrosse team.
"The Greater Latrobe girls lacrosse team took a 12-0 record into their game Thursday against The Ellis School.
The Wildcats have won most of these games in dominant fashion. After a 9-7 season-opening victory against Fairmont, W.Va., in which the Polar Bears rallied from an 8-4 deficit to make the game close, Latrobe has not played a game where the score was decided by as few as two goals since.
Recent contests have been exercises in getting the entire roster into the game; a 16-1 victory against Greensburg Central Catholic on April 23 and a 15-3 triumph against Indiana on April 16.
Yet the Wildcats came into the week as only the 14th-ranked high school girls lacrosse team in Western Pennsylvania by Laxpower.com."
Name: Chad Kissell
Background: The reigning WPIAL Class AAA singles champion, he was the only Wildcats player to win his match in Latrobe’s 4-1 loss to ninth-seeded Pine-Richland in the opening round of the WPIAL team playoffs. After the team loss, the Valparaiso recruit won’t play a competitive high school match until the PIAA Class AAA singles tournament begins on May 22at Hershey Racquet Club.
Latrobe's Maddy Mueseler had a standout performance at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Invitational.
Mueseler broke the meet and stadium records in the 300-meter hurdles (42.86).
She also ran on the winning 400-meter relay team with Gabby Wirick, Hannah Mears and Carissa Scekeres.
The 1,600-meter relay team of Anna Ramsey, Abby LaDuke, Scekeree and Mueseler took second place.
Ramsey took gold in the 800-meter run.
Maria Cawoski took fifth place in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:30.85.