They were too tired to celebrate.
And who could blame the Peters Township girls lacrosse team for what some might consider a bit of lethargy -- others might say they were simply to pooped to party -- following last Thursday's 16-14 victory against Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL Division I girls lacrosse championship game at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium?
"Those [weather delays in the Division II title game] put us back as well," Peters Township coach Kristin Slemmer said.
She was referencing two lengthy lightning delays that wreaked havoc on the Division II championship game between Shaler Area and Chartiers Valley that preceded the Division I match-up between the two schools that share the same Indians nickname.
"The team did get something to eat after the game, but they were more tired than anything else," Slemmer said.
The victory represented the fifth WPIAL Division I girls championship for Peters Township and the Indians' second since Slemmer became the team's coach.
She said this title game and the one the team won by a 21-18 margin against Pine-Richland a year ago were similar.
"Both were high-scoring games, and both teams fought to the end last year and this year," she said. "What helped us this year is that we were in some close games, and that situation prepares you for how to handle [close games] and keeping your composure."
Peters Township advanced to the title game with a 9-7 victory against Pine-Richland in the semifinals. The Indians also were involved in three other games that were decided by four or fewer goals, losing two of them. One of those losses was to Shady Side Academy, 12-10, and the other was an 8-7 non-league loss to Sycamore, Ohio.
Thoughts about the most recent WPIAL title quickly evaporated as the Indians played in a first-round PIAA tournament game on Wednesday against Penn Manor, the No. 3 team from District 3, at Hempfield High School.
The winner of that game meets the winner of another first-round game between District 6 champion State College and WPIAL runner-up Shady Side Academy in Saturday's quarterfinals.
Much has been made -- and rightfully so -- of Peters Township's potent offense. But the goalie tandem of senior Melanie Morgret and junior Angela Esposito has been instrumental in helping the Indians secure a record of 17-2 heading into the PIAA playoffs.
"We've been alternating the two goalies, and it's worked pretty well," Slemmer said. "We started [Esposito] in the second half [against Shady Side Academy], but we decided to put Mel back in, and that pumped her up."
Morgret made several key stops in the final 11:53 of the second half to preserve the two-goal victory.
Slemmer said as long as the Indians are in the playoffs, she will continue to play both goaltenders.
"They've been supportive of each other, and if one of them is a little off, then the other will make up for it," she said.
Morgret is one of five Indians who will be playing lacrosse in college. She will play at Division II Seton Hill University next spring, while defender Isabella DiGnazio will compete for Division III Philadelphia University.
The Indians' three offensive standouts will be taking their skills to three Division I colleges. Caitlin Carey is going to Duke and Hannah Wilcox is going to Jacksonville University. Sarah Bootman will compete for American University. All three are midfielders.
Bootman and Wilcox both have scored more than 200 goals in their high school careers. Bootman played for four years at Peters Township, while Wilcox moved into the district prior to her sophomore year.
"We counted the goals she scored as a freshman in New Jersey," Slemmer said.
For many teams, the loss of three solid scoring threats could spell trouble for a program. Slemmer, though, believes the Indians have enough experience to make a smooth transition after the three midfielders graduate.
"The juniors are going to have to step up and fill the roles that are being vacated," Slemmer said. "A player such as [junior attack] Allison Hurley will have to take over the command, and Gina Vilsack will have to do that, too."
Their presence was definitely felt in the victory against Shady Side as Hurley scored three goals and had one assist, while Vilsack and sophomore attack Olivia Glod had one goal each.
The reason why Slemmer is optimistic about her team's future is that she sees young players learning the game's fundamentals in the district's growing middle-school program.
"We have a lot of dedicated girls in the program, and this year we had 40 to 60 girls who were playing in our 4th- to 6th-grade program," she said.
"There's a lot of involvement in the middle-school program, and it's extremely important that the girls know the fundamentals of passing, catching, offense and defense by the time they are freshmen."