Shaler captures first WPIAL Division II girls lacrosse championship

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In a game featuring two lightning delays and plenty of scoring, Shaler Area rallied to defeat Chartiers Valley, 15-14, in the WPIAL Division II girls lacrosse championship Thursday night at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium.

It was the first WPIAL Division II championship for the Titans (18-1). Chartiers Valley finished the year 17-3.

Senior attack Kristel Chatellier tied the score with 8:49 left in the second half and then scored the winning goal with 8:15 left.

Sophomore Shannon Lynch scored six goals for the Titans, overshadowing a tremendous effort by Chartiers Valley attack Maria Stamerra, who scored eight goals, five of them in a 9-0 run that gave the Colts a 14-12 lead with 12:41 left.

The Division I championship featuring Shady Side Academy and Peters Township followed. The two rain delays pushed the start of the Division I game back by more than an hour.

Lynch said the Titans might have gotten a bit overconfident as they held a 5-1 lead when the first lightning delay chased both teams from the field.

"They came back, and when we got into the locker room [for the second rain delay], everyone's heads were down. But we came back out, played well and it was an incredible feeling."

Stamerra scored the game's first goal, then the Titans went on a 7-0 run to take control of the game with Chatellier and Lynch leading the charge with two goals each.

With a 12-5 lead, Lynch converted a shot from a free position with 2:23 left in the half.

But the Colts began an impressive comeback that encompassed the end of the first half and the beginning of the second. Chartiers Valley scored nine unanswered goals, including five from Stamerra. Her fifth goal in the run and eighth of the game came with 15:09 left to play when she converted from a free position.

The game was halted for 41 minutes with 18:19 remaining in the first half because of lighting. A second delay came with 12:41 left in the game and lasted 30 minutes.

Shaler coach Jennifer Perestock was pleased her team was able to withstand the Herculean effort displayed by Stamerra.

"It's all about the team," Perestock said. "But I was really pleased with [Lynch]. She's a sophomore, and she's been a stalwart all season."

Division I

• Peters Township 16, Shady Side Academy 14: The balanced Peters Township Indians (17-2-0) got four goals from senior Hannah Wilcox to earn their second consecutive title and fifth in program history. Two other seniors, Sarah Bootman and Caitlin Carey, each added three goals. Bootman's third goal was the 200th of her career. Shady Side Academy's Felicia Tissenbaum led all scorers with six goals. With her team trailing, 14-9, Tissenbaum scored three consecutive goals within a five-minute span to get Shady Side Academy back to within two with 15:50 left. Shady Side Academy (16-2) will join Peters Township in the PIAA playoffs. The only losses this season for Shady Side Academy have come against Peters Township.

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