Seton-LaSalle fulfills promise in WPIAL boys lacrosse championship

Rebels' turnaround complete after first Division II crown

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In 2010, the Seton-LaSalle boys lacrosse team won just one game and got beat in a scrimmage, 30-1.

Four years later, the Rebels are champions.

Colin Bashaw and Connor Quinlan scored four goals each to lead Seton-LaSalle to a 13-8 victory against Quaker Valley in the WPIAL Division II championship Thursday night at Baldwin Stadium.

"Most of the credit goes to [former] coach [Josh] Kurtz," said Seton-LaSalle first-year coach Brian Yates. "He started this program four years ago and I was fortunate enough to pick up where he left off. He put this program in tremendous shape."

After starting the program four years ago, Kurtz resigned in February to take a job in Boston and Yates took over the head coaching duties.

But Kurtz made a promise to his team before he left.

"I challenged them to be [in the championship] and I would be here to celebrate with them," Kurtz said. "They got it done and I couldn't be more proud of them."

Kevin Hudson kept Seton-LaSalle scoreless early in the first quarter with a few key saves as Quaker Valley enjoyed a two-man advantage. The junior goalie finished with 14 saves.

Shortly after, Bashaw opened the scoring with the first of four consecutive Seton-LaSalle goals that helped the Rebels take a 6-3 lead into halftime.

Both teams had plenty of time to think about their second-half strategies, as lightning turned a 10-minute halftime into a 40-minute intermission.

"We were concerned about it because we thought we had the momentum," said Yates.

But the Rebels seized control early in the second half, scoring the first four goals of the half to lead, 10-3.

Jimmy Perkins tried to bring the Quakers back, scoring the next three goals. Perkins, the Division II player of the year, finished with six scores.

Division I championship

• Mt. Lebanon 9, North Allegheny 8: Just mark down the Mt. Lebanon boys lacrosse team for the 2015 WPIAL championship. The top-seeded Blue Devils (16-4) continued their streak of winning the WPIAL Division I title every other year with a win against North Allegheny (11-7) at Baldwin Stadium.

The Blue Devils also won titles in 2009 and 2011.

"It was a great game, great matchup and we managed to squeak one more in than they did," said Mt. Lebanon coach Mike Ermer.

After leading by as many as three in the first half, the Blue Devils trailed, 8-7, heading into the final quarter.

But Doran Graham tied the score with his third goal of the game and 60th of the season with 6:42 remaining. Then just 1:21 later, Sam White scored the winner to give the Blue Devils the title.

Chris O'Dell and Timothy McNichol added two goals apiece for Mt. Lebanon.

Joe Griffin and Alec McGovern both had two goals for North Allegheny.

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