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2017 Season Awards
by posted 06/03/2017

During the annual Lacrosse banquet, several players were honored with the following awards:

Shawn Caven, JR Defender, Defensive MVP

Ben Delaney, JR Attack, Offensive MVP

Nicky Phelps, JR LSM, Team MVP

 

Congratulations to these fine players and thank you to the entire team for a historic 2017 Season

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Post Gazette Article on WPIAL Championship
by posted 05/28/2017

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Lacrosse: Clutch goal caps historic win for Peters Township

Written by Joe Koch on 

For a long time, Peters Township's boys lacrosse team has battled with vaunted section rival Mt. Lebanon, achieving little more than moral victories.

All of that changed on Friday night as Danny Bacchiochi hit a spinning shot from about 15 yards out with 2:41 left in the second overtime to give the Indians a 12-11 victory over the Blue Devils in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game at Robert Morris.

Bacchiochi was reveling in the moment: for both himself and his team.

"It's the first time in Peters history [to win a WPIAL boys lacrosse championship]," he said. "It feels pretty good. I knew someone had to make a play, and we were struggling to put the ball in the net. I pushed it top-side, spun back and shot it left-handed and hoped it would go in. I couldn't smile hard enough. It was great to just bring a WPIAL title back to Peters for once."

It was a heart-stopping game for the Indians' 28-year-old coach Mike Kaplan.

"I got pretty exhausted out there," said the grinning Kaplan. "I'm just exhausted, and I'm on the sideline. I told them at the end of the first overtime, please go out there and finish the game. My heart can't handle this. I'm 28, but this is extremely stressful stuff. I can't even imagine what was going through the players' minds throughout the entire game."

Now, Kaplan and his team must prepare for a 5:30 p.m. game Tuesday with District 3 runner-up Manheim Township at Hempfield High School.

Kaplan said the Blue Devils have owned the series between the two teams, but there was a seismic shift this season. Not only did the Indians win the WPIAL championship, they also won the regular-season game, 10-5.

Still, Kaplan was not in a gloating mood.

"[I give] a ton of credit to Mt. Lebanon," he said. "They never gave up. That's one of the best lacrosse games I've ever seen. Both teams were at it the entire time. [Mt. Lebanon] is probably one of my favorite teams to play against because it's always a game like this. Our record against them [overall] is not very good against them, but we're 2-0 against them this year. In the years past, it's very much in their favor. I have a ton of respect for their staff and their entire organization. Playing against them is always a blast."

The goal was Bacchiochi's only one of the game, but he had two assists. Plenty of his teammates decorated the scoresheet as Zach Casilli, Ben DelaneyColton Abateand Clayton Scott each scored two goals. Will DelaneyAidan Stopperich and Aidan McCall each added single tallies.

Early on, the Indians appeared set to make the evening a short one as they led Mt. Lebanon 5-1 after the first quarter.

Kaplan wasn't ready to make a dinner reservation. Instead, he gave his players a history lesson.

"I told [my players] at the end of the first quarter, we're playing Mt. Lebanon." he said. "They've been in [the WPIAL finals] a number of times. They are seasoned veterans, and you can't count them out. You have to have the same attitude for the rest of the game. Sure enough, Mt. Lebanon came out and said, 'Hey, we've been here before; we know what's up.' They took off and took us into double-overtime."

Moments after Bacchiochi's winning goal, Kaplan still wasn't certain it was over.

"With the way we were finishing all night, I was not 100 percent sure the ball was going into the net," he said. "We didn't actually think it went in until I heard the whistle and there were moments of disbelief. [Bacchiochi] asked for the ball quite a few times: 'I want the ball on my stick' and that's the kind of guy we expect to score those big goals there."

Kaplan knows he must prepare for the first-round PIAA playoff game, and he knows there's always talk about getting a team refocused for the statewide event.

He's just not sure that's the right approach, citing the historic significance of his team's victory.

"I don't know if the guys will ever come down from this," he said. "I hope they don't. From day one of fall ball, our goal was the WPIAL championship."

Goal one has been achieved. It's time now for some new goals.

 

 
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All WPIAL Team
by posted 05/27/2017

Congratulations to Nicki Phelps and Aiden Stopperich for making the 412 Lax All WPIAL team.  

2017 All WPIAL AAA

The next level of honors for AAA.

Attack
Clayton Krol Shady Side
Ben Mullholland Sewickley
Connor Brumfield Mt. Lebanon
Evan Juncal Pine Richland
Daniel Rupert Seneca Valley

Midfield
Jimmy Wilkinson Upper St. Clair
Noah Bussard Bethel Park
David Harvey Mt. Lebanon
Thomas Hanulak Pine Richland
Mac Ference Shady Side
Aidan Stopperich Peters Township

Defense
Teddy McClain Sewickley
Ronan O’Connor Shady Side
Pat McAnally Mt. Lebanon
Adam Debski Bethel Park
Jack Kairys North Allegheny

Long Stick Middie
Nicky Phelps Peters Township

Face Off
Jake Freedlander Pine Richland

Goalie
Alex Hein Pine Richland

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Mike Kaplan AAA Coach of the year!!!
by posted 05/27/2017

Peters Township Lacrosse coach Mike Kaplan has been named WPIAL AAA coach of the year for 2017!  This comes on the heels of the teams historic victory last night over Mt. Lebanon in the WPIAL Championship game.  This is the first WPIAL championship for the team.  Congratulations to Coach Kaplan and his assistants for a fantastic season.  The team moves on to play in the PIAA playoffs starting this Tuesday with a game vs Manheim Twp at Hempfield Area HS in Greensburg.  The game time is 5:30.  Come on out to root on the tribe!!!!

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Nicki Phelps named to All American team for 2017
by posted 05/27/2017

Nicky Phelps has been named to the US Lacrosse All-American team.  This well deserved honor is voted on by the by the WPIAL coaches.  Congratulations Nicky!!

US Lacrosse All-American  
Clayton Krol Shady Side Attack
Connor Brumfield Mt. Lebanon Attack
Ben Mullholland Sewickley Attack
Daniel Rupert Seneca Valley Attack
Calvin Sargent Moon Attack
Richy Myros Hampton Attack
Thomas Hanulak Pine Richland Midfield
Jack Kairys North Allegheny Defense
Nicky Phelps Peters Township LSM
Jake Freedlander Pine Richland FO
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2017 AAA All Section Teams
by posted 05/24/2017

4 Peters players named to WPIAL AAA All Section Team

 

2017 AAA All Section Teams

The best from AAA’s three sections.

Section 1

Attack
Mt. Lebanon Connor Brumfield
Peters Colton Abate
Bethel Park Luke Mattola
Upper St. Clair Carl Flinter

Midfield
Upper St. Clair Jimmy Wilkinson
Bethel Park Noah Brussard
Mt. Lebanon David Harvey
Canon Mac Logan Gebhart
Peters Aidan Stopperich

Defense
Mt. Lebanon Pat McAnally
Peters Shawn Caven
Bethel Park Adam Debski
Upper St. Clair Nick Weryha

Long Stick Middie
Peters Nicky Phelps

Face Off
Upper St. Clair Grant Evans
Canon Mac Logan Gray

Goalie
Bethel Park Ty Hosler

Section 2

Attack
Shay Side Academy Clay Krol
Penn Trafford Griffin Martin
Penn Trafford Vinney Ferragonio
Latrobe Marco Cuda

Midfield
Shay Side Academy Mac Ference
Penn Trafford John Hagerty
Fox Chapel Bradley Root
Penn Trafford Ryan Solomon

Face Off
Franklin Regional Nick Hodowanec

Defense
Fox Chapel Graham Childs
Latrobe Logan Rockwell
Shay Side Academy Ronan O’Connor
Shay Side Academy Connor Leemhuis
Franklin Regional Jack Wohlin

Goalie
Franklin Regional Nate Seymour

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PT Lacrosse Featured in Post Gazette
by posted 04/25/2017

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Lacrosse: Key games in store for Peters Township

Written by Joe Koch on 

Following a thrilling 10-5 victory over perennial WPIAL contender Mt. Lebanon this past Tuesday and a trip to Central Ohio opponents Delaware Hayes on Friday and Pickerington Central on Saturday, the Peters Township boys lacrosse team has a section games this week with Allderdice on Wednesday before finishing the week with an intriguing non-section game with visiting Fox Chapel on Friday.

The Indians have dished out plenty of heartache with double-digit victories over Trinity, 16-3, Central Catholic, 13-3 and Baldwin, 23-0.

The Indians also had a close 13-9 victory over Class 2A Hampton and a pair of excruciating non-section losses to Class 3A, Section 3 stalwart Pine-Richland, 7-6, and Class 2A powerhouse Mars, 13-10.

The Indians are 3-0 in Class 3A Section 1. Upper St. Clair is 4-0. Those two teams meet on May 2 at Upper St. Clair.

After their game with the Panthers, their section finale take place on May 9 against Canon-McMillan amid a four-game stretch where the Indians visit Franklin Regional, Sewickley Academy and defending Division 1 and current 3A power North Allegheny. It appears the Indians are ready to make a spirited move to the postseason.

 

 
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