Lacrosse: WPIAL champion Mt. Lebanon boys ousted in first round

Written by Joe Koch on .

There's a fine line between success and failure in tournament play.

The Mt. Lebanon High boys lacrosse team learned that painful lesson with a 12-10 loss to District 3 runner-up Cumberland Valley in a game played at Hempfield Area Senior High School this past Wednesday.

The loss ended the Blue Devils' season at 15-7, and it came less than a week after Mt. Lebanon defeated North Allegheny, 9-8, in the WPIAL Division 1 championship game at Highmark Stadium.

"Things did not go our way at the end," Mt. Lebanon coach Mike Ermer said. "It was tight for most of the game, but at the end, they were able to convert a couple of looks, and we didn't convert ours."


Lacrosse: Goal with seconds to go earns Mt. Lebanon boys a WPIAL title

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Mt. Lebanon boys lacrosse team.

2015 0529 MtLebanon BLacrosse(Photo: Mt. Lebanon team poses with the championship trophy after winning in double overtime, 9-8, against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Division I lacrosse championship last Friday at Highmark Stadium. Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)

"It didn't surprise Mt. Lebanon High School boys lacrosse coach Mike Ermer that his team's WPIAL Division I championship game against North Allegheny last Friday night exceeded the requisite 48-minute frame allotted to a regulation high school game.

Nor was he surprised that it extended into a second overtime. But he was quite pleased that his team didn't have to return to the Highmark Stadium artificial turf for a third four-minute period because of a heads-up play by the Blue Devils defense.

With the score tied, 8-8, and less than 10 seconds remaining, Blue Devils' senior defender Jake Zoffer intercepted a would-be clearing pass by Tigers goalie Will Rahenkamp and quickly passed the ball to a wide-open junior attack Dan Lee, who deposited the ball behind Rahenkamp for the game-winning goal with six seconds left in the second extra frame.

"I just read the goalie's eyes, [intercepted it] and saw Dan Lee open and he shot it," Zoffer said. "He's a stud and a great player.""


Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon girls handle title game loss well

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Marky Billson profiles the Mt. Lebanon girls lacrosse team.

2015 0529 MtLebanon GLacrosse(Photo: Mt. Lebanon's Allena Holzworth, right, and Quaker Valley's Megan Amoroso battle for a loose ball during the WPIAL Division I championships May 21 at Highmark Stadium. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"One might think the Mt. Lebanon girls lacrosse team was down this past week.

After all, the Blue Devils failed to repeat as WPIAL Division I champions when they fell to Quaker Valley, 11-9, eight days ago at Highmark Stadium. The loss also ended their hopes at an undefeated season.

Not so, said Mt. Lebanon coach Brian Kattan.

"They are a resilient bunch," Kattan said. "They got over it quicker than I did.""


Boys Tennis: Mt. Lebanon doubles pair takes second at PIAA tournament

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Mt. Lebanon tennis players Dane Bendel and Charlie Strohl.

"Not much was expected of the Mt. Lebanon boys tennis doubles team of senior Dane Bendel and junior Charlie Strohl at the PIAA Class AAA tournament last weekend in Hershey.

After all, the Blue Devils tandem was made up of two singles players who had only been paired together for a very short time.

Add to that the fact they lost in the WPIAL semifinals and needed a pair of tiebreakers against Peters Township's eighth-seeded team of Miguel Ascencio and Ryan Farrell for a straight-sets victory in the consolation match just to earn a spot on the state bracket and the expectations for the two dropped considerably.

"Going into the tournament, we didn't expect to make it out of the quarterfinals," Bendel said. "During our first-round match, the kids who we ended up playing in the quarterfinals were playing a match right next to us. They were an extremely strong team and we thought that we would be going home on Friday [the first day of the tournament], but we had a great run.""



Boys Tennis: Blue Devils duo takes silver at states

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Dane Bendel and Charlie Strohl were the kings of the third set last weekend in Hershey.

The Mt. Lebanon pair won each of their first three matches in three sets, losing the first set each time, to reach the final before falling to North Allegheny’s Jared Isaacs and Richard Hoffman in straight sets.

Bendel, a senior, and Strohl, a junior, beat District 11 champions Nick Kshartri and Peter Harrison of Parkland in the first round and District 3 champions Jonah Buczewski and Todd Weiner of Exeter in the quarterfinals.

The two wins set up a semifinal matchup against WPIAL champions Josh Raymundo and Aaron Gruber of Mars. Bendel and Strohl lost the first set, 6-3, but rallied to win the second set 6-4 and the deciding set 7-5 to advance to the championship. The Blue Devils pair lost to Isaacs and Hoffman, 6-4, 6-2.