Boys Lacrosse: Frigid shooting dooms Mt. Lebanon

Written by Joe Koch on .

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.


Girls Lacrosse: Balance boots Mt. Lebanon to second title in three years

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Mt. Lebanon girls lacrosse coach Brian Kattan knew his team was going to be in a for a battle going into Thursday night's WPIAL Division 1 girls championship game against Chartiers Valley.

When the game ended with a 14-9 Blue Devils triumph, Kattan was grateful for his team's victory against a sectional opponent the 17-2 Blue Devils had beaten twice during the regular season by scores of 16-14 and 11-10.

The Blue Devils advance to the PIAA tournament, where they will be the designated home team against the District 3 runner-up on Wednesday. Chartiers Valley, the runner-up team, meets the winner of a play-in game between the District 6 and District 10 champions, also on Wednesday. If both the Blue Devils and Colts win, they would play each other in the second round on June 4. Times and sites have not been specified yet by the PIAA.

Pine-Richland is the third team from the WPIAL. The Rams defeated Quaker Valley, 15-14, in an overtime game played Thursday night at Peters Township. The Rams hit the road for a first-round game Wednesday against the District 3 champions.


Boys Tennis: Mt. Lebanon doubles team ready for PIAA tournament

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Charlie Strohl has been here before.

A year ago, the Mt. Lebanon junior was teamed up with Dane Bendel and went into the PIAA Class AAA doubles tournament as the No. 3 seed from the WPIAL. All they did was roll into the state championship match before losing to Jared Isaacs and Richard Hofmann of North Allegheny.

Though the partner will be different, Christian Vietmeier is along for the ride this time, the starting point and the goal are the same for the Blue Devils when they take the court Friday at Hershey Racquet Club. They will begin their quest at 10:30 a.m. when they take on Ross Sonnenblick and Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky of Freedom, the District 11 champions, in their first round matchup.

Though they are the No. 3 seed from the WPIAL – and would likely have to go through defending champions Jared Isaacs and Richard Hofmann of North Allegheny in the semifinals – there is hope of making it through to the championship match. The last two years have featured all-WPIAL finals and a WPIAL tandem has made the championship match each of the last three seasons.


Track: Dartmouth-bound standout hits a bull’s-eye for Mt. Lebanon at WPIALs

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A girl headed to Dartmouth took aim at more WPIAL gold medals and once again hit a bull's-eye.

Mt. Lebanon senior Claire Dougherty increased her career WPIAL gold medal count to six by claiming two at last week's championships. Dougherty successfully defended her 800-meter title and anchored the Blue Devils' 3,200 relay team to its third WPIAL title in a row. Dougherty had anchored the winning 1,600 relay team last season.

Dougherty, a Dartmouth recruit, ran a time of 2:13.48 in the 800. No WPIAL girl has run a faster time this season. Butler's Liz Simms was second (2:15.31) and Peters Township's Laura Ehrenberger third (2:15.64). Mt. Lebanon's 3,200 relay team also included Sadie Saxton, Leah Graf and Aoife-Ruby Dunne. They finished with a time of 9:23.44, which topped runner-up Latrobe (9:30:02) by more than six seconds.

Dougherty placed fifth at last year's PIAA championships and will go into this weekend's meet as the fifth seed. Other Mt. Lebanon girls competing will be Molly Mangan (200), Sarah Rolfsen (200) and the 1,600 relay team.


Boys Tennis: Mt. Lebanon's season comes to an end

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All things considered, Mt. Lebanon would have been happy to take third in the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament this year.

After all, that would have meant a trip to Erie to play Cathedral Prep in the preliminary round a definite and a berth in the state finals a possibility.

Instead the Blue Devils season came to an abrupt end when they lost a 3-2 decision to Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL Class AAA third-place consolation match. It was the first time since 2013 and just the second time since 2011 that they failed to move into the state tournament field.

Though the team season ended, Charlie Strohl and Christian Vietmeier are still alive in the PIAA Class AAA doubles tournament, which will begin May 27 at Hershey Racquet Club.