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Lacrosse: Shady Side Academy girls bow out in first round

Written by Joe Koch on .

Shady Side Academy had a short trip to the PIAA girls lacrosse tournament.

The Indians fell to District 3 champion Manheim Township 22-10 in a game played Wednesday afternoon at Cumberland Valley High School.

"Their attack was phenomenal," praised Shady Side Academy coach Emily Schaknowski. "They know how to move the ball, and they did a good job in transition."

Schaknowski said her team was able to score on Manheim Township, but the Indians didn't have the ball often enough to make a dent in the deficit.

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Lacrosse: Shady Side Academy boys lose to Manheim Township

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Not long after the Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse team fell to Manheim Township in first-round PIAA tournament game this past Wednesday, a similar fate played out for the Indians' boys lacrosse team as they fell to the Manheim Township boys team, 10-4.

The loss ended the Indians' season at 11-9.

"They're a very skilled team," Indians coach Mike Williams said of the victors. "When they are up, the offense is stellar, the defense is disciplined and their team is well-coached."

Senior midfielder Robbie Woodings paced Shady Side with two goals. Another senior midfielder, Jackson Fitzgerald, and senior attack Patrick Bush added one goal each.

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Lacrosse: Two Shady Side Academy teams advance to PIAA playoffs

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Both Shady Side Academy teams took advantage of the addition of one spot for WPIAL teams competing in the PIAA Division 1 lacrosse playoffs.

After falling to section rival North Allegheny 8-7 in a triple-overtime thriller this past Tuesday at Chartiers Valley Stadium, the Indians took on yet another section rival, Pine-Richland, in the PIAA play-in game this past Thursday and had to work overtime yet again before prevailing, 9-8, in a game played at Hampton

As the third-place team from the WPIAL, the Indians will hit the road where they will meet the champion of District 3 on Wednesday at a time and site to be determined this weekend.

The girls team didn't have to work quite as long as their male counterparts. The Indians defeated first-year member Chartiers Valley, 15-8, in a game also played at Hampton.

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Boys Tennis: Indians’ title defense comes up short

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Shady Side Academy entered the PIAA Class AAA team tournament as the defending champion, looking to win the program’s third title.

But District 1 champion Lower Merion proved to be too much for the WPIAL runner-7p.

Lower Merion won all three singles matches to outlast the Indians, 3-2, last Friday in the state quarterfinals in Hershey. Lower Merion went on to beat Upper St. Clair in the state final.

Michael Kann and Najeen Jain got a straight-set win for Shady Side Academy at No. 1 doubles, and Brad Steiner and Armaan Jethmalani won in three sets at No. 2 doubles for the Indians. But Shady Side Academy was unable to win any singles points, the closest match coming at No. 2 singles as Lower Merion’s Matt Chen defeated the Indians’ Derek Chen, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2). 

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Boys Tennis: Indians advance to quarters

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Defending state champion Shady Side Academy is going back to Hershey.

The Indians defeated District 10 champion Cathedral Prep, 4-1, Tuesday at Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA team tournament.

Cathedral Prep, which had lost only one time this season entering Tuesday’s match, got its only win at first singles. The Indians won both doubles matches and got wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles from Derek Chen and Cooper Kann.

Shady Side will face District 1 champion Lower Merion Friday at 8 a.m. at Hershey Racquet Club. It’s a rematch of last year’s state quarterfinal, which Shady Side Academy won, 3-1, with three of the matches going to three sets.