Marky Billson profiles the Blackhawk girls lacrosse team.
(Photo: Blackhawk's Nicole Cuddy moves the ball up field against Shaler's Sara Sempelsz during the WPIAL Division II championship game last week at Highmark Stadium. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"Eight days ago the seniors on the Blackhawk High School girls lacrosse team were on the verge of a "worst to first" storybook tale.
When the current seniors arrived at Blackhawk in 2012, the Cougars were coming off an 0-13 season.
Four years and 50 victories later, they enjoyed a 4-3 lead at the half against two-time defending WPIAL Division II champion Shaler Area.
Unfortunately for the Cougars (15-3) they could go no further. Whereas the Titans (19-1) focused on possession in the first half, they came out more aggressively in the second, and their emphasis on trapping and back-checking forced Blackhawk to commit two penalties."