Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon boys foil perfect section season for Upper St. Clair

Written by Joe Koch on .

If there's any doubt that Mt. Lebanon High's boys lacrosse team knows how to play under pressure, then take a look at the host Blue Devils' final section game against longtime rival Upper St. Clair.

With the Panthers staring at a perfect record against rivals in Class 3A Section 1, the Blue Devils spoiled any hit of an Upper St. Clair celebration on the Mt. Lebanon turf with a thrilling 10-9 victory over the Panthers.

The game was the final regular-season game for the Panthers, who likely will be moving on to the WPIAL tournament that begins this week.

Mt. Lebanon completes regular-season play against Olentangy High School, which is located in Columbus, Ohio.


Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon girls edge Upper St. Clair for section title

Written by Joe Koch on .

Mt. Lebanon's girls lacrosse team has had an interesting final week of the regular season.

After falling to a very solid Peters Township squad 10-9 in a Class 3A Section 1 game that snapped a 12-game winning streak, the Blue Devils held off a determined Upper St. Clair team with a 9-8 victory this past Wednesday over the host Panthers.

Mt. Lebanon finished with an overall 14-2 record and won the section title with an 11-1 record. Peters Township was second at 10-2, while Upper St. Clair, 8-4, and Bethel Park, 7-5, rounded out the top four places in the section.

As a section champion, Mt. Lebanon will begin the WPIAL Class 3A tournament at a venue that is close to -- if not actually on-campus --- home.


Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon girls close in on section title

Written by Joe Koch on .

One thing that's been consistent about the Mt. Lebanon girls lacrosse team has been the way the Blue Devils have performed in what many would call crunch time.

Following successive Class 3A Section 1 victories over Allderdice, 17-1, and Bethel Park, 12-3, and a 12-3 Class 3A Section 1 victory over Bethel Park this past week, the Blue Devils are 13-1 overall and 10-0 against section rivals.

That sets up this week's regular-season finales, but the two games -- both against section rivals -- will not be easy for Mt. Lebanon. First up is a home game Monday with Peters Township, which is 11-3 overall, 8-2 in section play and currently residing in second place. Two days later, the Blue Devils make the short trek to neighboring Upper St. Clair for a game with a Panthers squad which is 9-4 overall and standing in third place with an 8-3 section record.

Five of Mt. Lebanon's wins have been by double-digit margins. But in the initial meetings with both teams, the Blue Devils earned an 18-11 victory over the Indians, and captured a 14-9 triumph over the Panthers. These two teams would love to quash Mt. Lebanon's hopes of an unbeaten section record and end a Blue Devils winning streak that has endured since late March.


Alumni Update - Reed Farber (Carnegie Mellon)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Carnegie Mellon University men's track and field team won the University Athletic AssociationFarber CMU (UAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championship behind three first-place finishes and a lot of depth.

It marked the fourth outdoor championship for the Tartans and the first time in school history the Tartans won both the indoor and outdoor championship in the same year.  The meet was hosted by the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

Sophomore Reed Farber, a Mt. Lebanon graduate, also earned points for the Tartans in the high jump when he cleared 1.87 meters and placed sixth. 


(photo courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University)


Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon hopes to right selves in waning weeks

Written by Joe Koch on .

Since winning its first three games of the season, Mt. Lebanon's boys lacrosse team had lost four of its past six games heading into a non-section showdowns on Friday and Saturday, respectively, with Shady Side Academy and Western Reserve Academy of Ohio. Both games were at home.

Now, the Blue Devils see where they stand with two solid section foes standing in their way in the season's final two weeks.

Following Tuesday's game with one border rival -- Bethel Park -- the Blue Devils are off for a week before hosting Upper St. Clair on May 9. Going into the latter part of last week, Upper St. Clair led Class 3A, Section 1 with a 5-0 record, and Peters Township was right behind at 3-0. Despite an overall record of 5-4, Mt. Lebanon has been solid against section rivals with a 4-1 record, and Bethel Park is right with the top three teams with a 3-1 record.

Playoff participants will be decided on the field. If the Blue Devils want another shot at the championship, the time to make that move is now.