Competing in close games is becoming familiar for Shady Side Academy's boys lacrosse team. The Indians survived a double-overtime thriller to beat Pine-Richland in a PIAA play-in game a year ago. On Friday night, the Indians didn't have to work as long, but they had to work hard to beat Upper St. Clair, 10-7, in the 2017 WPIAL Class 3A third-place game at Robert Morris.
"We're used to [close games] in the WPIAL 3rd-4th or PIAA play-in game," said Shady Side coach Dan Usaj. "Upper St Clair is a very good team, but we're used to these play-in games being very close."
The victory earned the Indians a berth in the PIAA Class 3A tournament where they will meet District 6 champion State College at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cumberland Valley High School.
Usaj said his team has relied much on it senior leadership, but some young players have made some valuable contributions.