Joe Koch profiles the Quaker Valley girls lacrosse team.
"As far as Quaker Valley girls lacrosse coach Nellie Kraus was concerned, the foundation for this year's run to the WPIAL Division I girls lacrosse championship began during the Quakers' two-year run as WPIAL Division II champions in 2009 and '10.
"My daughter and I and Aubrey Bouchard saw [Quaker Valley] win the 2009 and 2010 WPIAL [Division II] championships," she recalled just moments after her team made history with an 11-9 victory against defending champion Mt. Lebanon in the 2015 WPIAL Division I girls championship game last week at Highmark Stadium.
"We realized they couldn't go to states, and they were just an amazing team," she said. "Our goal — from that point — was to get to the point where we would have an undefeated season and get to states. It's not been just one or two years. It's been since 2010 to have this goal for our school. We were able to pull it off. Since they were in eighth grade, this group of girls really thought they could go places, and they proved it tonight."
Quaker Valley didn't have much time to relish in its first Division I title as the Quakers (17-1) dived right into the PIAA tournament this past Wednesday against District 3 runner-up Hempfield of Landisville in District 3. Coincidentally, the game was scheduled to be played at Hempfield Area High School, a WPIAL school in Westmoreland County."