Quaker Valley boys lacrosse coach Chip Hansen was reticent to talk about his team's performance in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game resulted in a 19-6 victory for Mars.
"We had a lot of unforced errors early and some mental mistakes," he said. "It was tough to recover from that."
Mars was more than happy to take advantage of the Quakers' early shortcomings, as they raced to an 11-1 halftime lead
Hansen said he was surprised with the Planets' early success.
"I was surprised about their quick start," he said. "We were playing, and then we had unforced errors and they were turnovers. We made some simple mistakes, and we know better. That hurt. And we didn't have an answer for their faceoff guy. [Andrew Moyer] was outstanding. We didn't have an answer for that, and we couldn't win that possession. We had to go back and play defense."
Connor Mangan and Geoffrey Magin, a pair of midfielders, paced the Quakers with two goals each.
Quaker Valley opens tournament play at 5 p.m. Tuesday with a game against District 3 runner-up Hershey at Central Dauphin High in Harrisburg.
That gives the Quakers little time to rebound. But Hansen believes they can.
"We have to regroup and come back strong," he said. We did all season, and we have to eliminate unforced errors."