When it comes to lacrosse, the offense has to complement the defense. During the course of Friday night's WPIAL Division 1 championship game at Highmark Stadium, North Allegheny High's Tigers had plenty to be happy with as their defense continually harassed the Blue Devils while getting some timely goals in a 9-7 victory that derailed the Blue Devils' hopes for a second consecutive WPIAL title and their third in four years.
There was another factor at play, believed Blue Devils' coach Mike Ermer.
"We didn't shoot the ball particularly well," he said. "We shot maybe 15 percent, and that's where the difference was. We got outplayed in face-offs, and their goalie played excellent. When you look at lacrosse, if you have a good face-off guy and a hot goalie, you are going to be tough to beat. We didn't shoot the ball well, and we got beat on face-offs."
Alec Vissotski handled face-offs for the Tigers while fighting an illness, and Ean Kuska, a junior, turned aside 12 Mt. Lebanon shots on goal.