High school highlights: Mt. Lebanon boys lacrosse advances to state semifinals

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The Mt. Lebanon boys lacrosse team turned in a solid defensive effort in the game's waning moments to earn a 7-6 victory against Shady Side Academy in a PIAA Division 1 quarterfinal Saturday at Moon.

The win puts the Blue Devils (14-9) into Tuesday's semifinals where they will meet Penncrest, a 6-5 winner against La Salle College High School. Mt. Lebanon avenged a 7-2 loss to Shady Side Academy (15-5) in the WPIAL championship May 23.

After seeing the Indians score three consecutive goals to cut the Blue Devils' lead to one with 4:47 left, Mt. Lebanon junior goalie Matthew Lee turned aside a shot by Dan Marous with less than a minute remaining to preserve the lead.

"My defense -- as a whole -- played really well," Mt. Lebanon coach Mike Ermer said. "Matt has really come along in his consistency. He was seeing the ball really well."

Sophomore midfielder Brian Ward led the Blue Devils with three goals. Another sophomore, Dan Lee, added two goals and an assist. Marous, Peter McDonagh and Robby Woodings each scored two goals for the Indians.

Girls Division 1 lacrosse

Mt. Lebanon 12, Quaker Valley 8: Senior attacker Alyssa Battaglia scored six goals and sophomore attacker Anna Albers added three more as Mt. Lebanon improved to 22-0 with a win against the Quakers in a quarterfinal at Moon. The Blue Devils meet Garnet Valley, a 16-12 winner against Harriton, in a semifinal Tuesday. Saturday's game was a rematch of the WPIAL Division 1 final that Mt. Lebanon also won, 9-7.

Quaker Valley's Aubrey Bouchard tied the score, 7-7, with 20:09 left in the second half. But the Blue Devils then outscored the Quakers, 5-1, to salt the game away with Battagalia scoring three goals -- two of them on free-position sets.

"That's been typical of this team all year," coach Brian Kattan said of second-half outbursts. "They stay composed all the time. They don't get up and they don't get down whether we're up a couple of goals or down a couple of goals. They know they can come back."

Bouchard, a sophomore attacker, led Quaker Valley (19-2) with three goals. Junior midfielder Kayla Foster added two more.

Class AAA volleyball

North Allegheny 3, State College 1: North Allegheny advanced to the semifinals for the seventh time in eight years with a 25-23, 25-15, 20-25, 25-16 win against District 6 champion State College at Indiana High School. Mitch Higgins had 12 kills and four aces for North Allegheny, while Brendan Brown recorded nine kills and 13 blocks. North Allegheny, the defending PIAA champion, will face Landisville Hempfield Tuesday.

Class AA volleyball

Ambridge 3, Cochranton 0: Ambridge earned a third consecutive berth in the semifinals with a 25-20, 25-14, 25-15 win against the District 10 champion at Slippery Rock High School. Lee Smith led Ambridge with 18 kills.

Derry 3, Schuylkill Valley 0: Derry advanced to the semifinals with a 25-16, 25-19, 25-15 sweep of Schuylkill Valley, the District 3 third-place finisher, at Altoona High School. Matt Vasinko led Derry with 12 kills. Derry, the WPIAL runner-up the past three years, will get a rematch with Ambridge Tuesday.

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