WPIAL Girls' Lacrosse Championships: Peters Township bags third consecutive title

Quaker Valley nets crown in Division 2

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Peters Township is the queen of WPIAL girls' lacrosse again.

Jules Femiani scored seven goals to lead the Indians to their third consecutive WPIAL Division I championship with an 18-15 win against Upper St. Clair at North Hills last night.

The teams were deadlocked, 8-8, at halftime, but the Indians (14-6) scored the first four goals of the second half and never looked back.

Upper St. Clair (13-7) managed three consecutive goals to cut the deficit to 15-14, but the Indians scored three of the final four goals to seal the victory.

Seven players scored for Peters Township, which was playing in its fifth final in a row.

Rachel Engel led Upper St. Clair with six goals, and Meredith Cain scored five.

Division 2

Emily Dando's goal with a little more than a minute remaining pushed Quaker Valley to a thrilling, 12-11 triumph against Shady Side Academy in the Division 2 championship at North Hills.

After the Indians (15-3) stormed back from a three-goal deficit to tie the match, 11-11, Dando netted the winner with 1:23 left to keep Quaker Valley (16-2) unbeaten against district competition.

A junior and the Quakers' leading goal-scorer, Dando scored three goals and has 31 on the season. Rachel Ganz led the Quakers with four goals and Natalie Bouchard added three.

Quaker Valley, which never trailed, jumped to a 7-2 lead, before the Indians scored the final three goals of the first half.

The Indians pulled within one early in the second half but got no closer.

Piper Person, a University of Richmond recruit, scored a game-high five goals for Shady Side Academy. Nicole Wei chipped in three.

John Heller/Post-Gazette

Quaker Valley's Natalie Bouchard, left, Emily Pusateri, and Emily Peduto celebrate their WPIAL lacrosse championship victory against Shady Side Academy.

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