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Lacrosse: Big week for unbeaten Mt. Lebanon girls

Written by Joe Koch on .

The calendar has turned to May, and that means lacrosse teams around Western Pennsylvania are gearing up for the WPIAL tournament that begins later this month.

Some teams know the postseason is in their future. It's just a matter of where these teams will be seeded.

One such team that likely falls into that category is the Mt. Lebanon High girls lacrosse team. Owners of an overall record of 13-0 and standing atop Division 1, Section 1 with a 8-0 record, the Blue Devils appear to have an inside track to the postseason. The Blue Devils visited Oakland Catholic on Friday, and they likely will be 14-0 and 9-0 in section play heading into next week.

Still, Mt. Lebanon -- currently ranked No. 2 in Laxpower.com's rankings for Western Pennsylvania girls lacrosse teams -- have plenty of challenges facing them. The Blue Devils have three games next week, and all of them are against section rivals. First up is Monday's game with Shady Side Academy, which currently is ranked No. 5 in the rankings. The Indians are 6-2, and all of their games have been played against section rivals.

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Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon boys conduct title search

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Mt. Lebanon boys lacrosse team.

"Mt. Lebanon boys lacrosse coach Mike Erner insists his team cannot draw upon the success of 2014 — when the Blue Devils advanced to the PIAA semifinals — for success this year.

What he might be able to draw upon is a championship of another league to prepare them for the WPIAL playoffs later this month.

This weekend at Dublin Jerome High School just outside of Columbus, Ohio, the Blue Devils will play in the Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association Tournament. It's the championship of the "other" league Mt. Lebanon's lacrosse team plays in, along with other teams in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan as well as two other traditional Western Pennsylvania lacrosse powers, Shady Side Academy and Sewickley Academy.

The top four teams of the 18-team league, ranked by the MSLCA coaches, play in an "A" bracket for a championship, while teams 5-8 play in a secondary tournament, with the final 10 teams playing among themselves."

 

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Boys Tennis: Blue Devils have tough road back to WPIAL final

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Mt. Lebanon was a WPIAL Class AAA team tournament finalist last season, losing to Shady Side Academy 3-2 but still qualifying for the PIAA tournament.

A return trip to the district final will be a tall task this season.

Not only would the Blue Devils have to beat the top-seeded Indians in the semifinals, but also perennial power North Allegheny in the quarterfinals.

Mt. Lebanon got off to a good start Wednesday, defeating first-round opponent Allderdice, 5-0. 

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Baseball: Mt. Lebanon makes it back-to-back section titles

Written by Brad Everett on .

Mt. Lebanon's 4-1 victory Monday against Bethel Park wasn't just a section win.

The triumph gave the Blue Devils their second consecutive section title.

Mt. Lebanon scored all of its runs in the sixth inning on their way to the section-clinching victory.

It was the 10th win in a row for the Blue Devils, who are 12-1 overall and 9-0 in Class AAAA Section 5. The Blue Devils are the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked team in Class AAAA. Their final three section games are against Baldwin, Peters Township and Upper St. Clair. Canon-McMillan sits in section place with a 6-3 section record. The Blue Devils defeated Canon-McMillan both meetings this season, 6-2 and 3-1.

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Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon girls face big challenges

Written by Joe Koch on .

With the No.2 ranking in Western Pennsylvania according to Laxpower.com and an unbeaten record, too, the Mt. Lebanon High girls lacrosse team has the attention of each opponent it plays.

Following this past Thursday's 15-10 victory over visiting Oakland Catholic, the 11-0 Blue Devils now are 7-0 against Division 1 Section 1 rivals. They have a busy week next week with a section game against Peters Township on Tuesday preceding a non-section game with Section 1 member Seneca Valley on Thursday.

The season concludes with three section games. The Blue Devils host Shady Side Academy on May 4, and they conclude the regular season against Chartiers Valley on May 5 and at Upper St. Clair on May 7. Figure on the games with the Colts and the Panthers to be highly competitive. Mt. Lebanon earned a narrow 12-10 victory over Chartiers Valley on April 9. And even with a 13-7 victory over Upper St. Clair in the first game, the rematch will be played on the Panthers' field.