A year ago, Sewickley Academy rode the strength of a late-season push to earn a berth in the WPIAL Division 1 boys lacrosse tournament. The Seneca Valley Raiders might be making a similar statement this season.
Winners in just two of their first eight games, the Raiders stunned No. 7 Mt. Lebanon 7-5 this past Thursday. A year ago, Sewickley lost its first seven games, but went 7-3 down the stretch to earn a playoff berth.
Seneca Valley has had several tough losses in their first nine games. Those include two overtime losses to Pine-Richland (7-6) and Upper St. Clair (9-8) and a double-overtime 9-8 loss at Williamsville, N.Y., East.
But if the 3-6 Raiders are to make a push in their final six regular-season games, it must begin on Wednesday at No. 9 North Allegheny. Following a home game with Sewickley Academy on Friday, the Raiders then host No. 6 Shady Side Academy on April 30, visit No. 2 Peters Township on May 2 and visit No. 8 Fox Chapel on May 5.