When a team needs to step up its game a notch, there's nothing like playing an arch-rival. Or, as the late Chicago Cubs standout Ernie Banks used to say: "Let's play two."
Upper St. Clair's boys lacrosse team might not be playing two games in one day, but the Panthers' two games next week might feel as if they've played two games. That's what happens when the opponents happen to be arch-rivals Peters Township and Mt. Lebanon.
In the configuration that is boys Division 1, Section 1, each team plays a section opponent one time. And, as it turns out, the Panthers, the Blue Devils and the Indians, all are enjoying outstanding seasons. The Blue Devils are ranked No. 2 and the Idnians are ranked No. 5 in Laxpower.com's regional boys rankings. Upper St. Clair is No. 12.
Upper St. Clair's playoff quest begins today with a game at Peters Township. And, no matter what happens today, they have to quickly move past the game's result when they take the short trek up U.S. 19 to Mt. Lebanon for Wednesday's regular-season finale. It will be Senior Night at Mt. Lebanon and that should make what will be an emotional night even more pronounced in its intensity.