We took this video to showcase the 2014 Mt. Lebanon field hockey team at their own senior night. We think the Blue Devils' chemistry shines in this one:
A team would much rather be in the playoffs than on the outside looking in. Still, the Mt. Lebanon High field hockey team has been dealt an awfully difficult challenge as the Class AAA field hockey playoffs begin Wednesday night.
Mt. Lebanon, the Section 2-AAA runner-up with a 9-3 record, makes the trek to Wexford to Newman Stadium for its semifinal game with Section 1-AAA champion North Allegheny. Game time is 7 p.m. The winner meets the winner of Wednesday's other semifinal between Fox Chapel and Pine-Richland in the championship game at 8 p.m. on Oct. 28, also at Newman Stadium.
Mt. Lebanon coach Stacey Hart is pleased with her team's progress, and a key victory it enjoyed going to the playoffs.
"We had some big section wins," she said. "Beating Peters Township (2-1 on Sept. 25) was our biggest accomplishment."
The Mt. Lebanon varsity girls cross country team took first place at the Tri-State Association Invitational on Thursday. However, junior Kelsey Potts would relinquish her course record to North Allegheny's Madeleine Davison.
Potts bettered her course time of 19:03, previously set in August, with a new time of 18:48.12. Davision out-ran her to the record with a finish time of 17:59.62.
Claire Dougherty was the second runner to cross the line for the Blue Devils in fifth place. She was followed by Sadie Saxton, who took seventh. Grace Tandon (11th place) and Rory Vigrass (42nd) rounded out the scoring for Mt. Lebanon.
Jordan Greer profiles the Mt. Lebanon girls cross country team.
(Photo: Mt. Lebanon's Kelsey Potts finished first with a time of 18:15.70 in the annual Central Catholic Invitational. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)
"After winning the past two WPIAL titles and having to replace two Division I runners from last year's team, the Mt. Lebanon girls cross country squad could have been due for a down year.
But with another impressive group led by one of the top runners in the WPIAL, the Blue Devils show no signs of slowing down.
The Mt. Lebanon girls have a good chance to win a third consecutive WPIAL championship despite the departures of Jillian Hunsberger and Audrey Gordon. Hunsberger now runs for Penn State while Gordon moved on to William & Mary.
"We definitely had some really good people to replace," Mt. Lebanon coach Oscar Shutt said. "Having Kelsey [Potts] on top as our number one definitely helps, and right behind her, the other three juniors [Claire Dougherty, Sadie Saxton and Grace Tandon] have just run really well this year and looked stronger every meet.""
Mt. Lebanon High's field hockey team is on the verge of reaching the 2014 WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. The Blue Devils can't win the Section 2-AAA title as Fox Chapel has wrapped that detail up with a 10-0 record heading into the Foxes' final two games this week.
One of those games is with Mt. Lebanon, which has plenty to play for. With an 8-2 section record, the Blue Devils need one victory against either the Foxes or in the regular-season finale against Upper St. Clair on Thursday night. After a 5-0 loss to out-of-area foe Barker, the Blue Devils have been on a roll with successive victories over Allderdice (5-0), Oakland Catholic (2-1) and Allderdice (4-0).
This week, though, poses a tough task. Following Tuesday's game at section leader Fox Chapel, the Blue Devils close the season against border rival Upper St. Clair. In the teams' previous meeting, Mt. Lebanon captured a 3-1 victory. Upper St. Clair has won just one section game, but a victory over the Blue Devils would give the Panthers an enjoyable start to the off-season.