Shady Side Academy four-sport captain Dan Marous put his own stamp on the WPIAL Division 1 boys championship game Friday night at Highmark Stadium.
Marous scored three goals -- all in the third quarter -- to lead the Indians to a 7-2 victory against Mt. Lebanon.
The win was Shady Side's first in a WPIAL championship game after a 3-2 loss to Mt. Lebanon in 2009 and an 8-5 setback to Seneca Valley in 2012.
"It's a game of flows," said Marous, who has scored 59 goals this season. "We were battling punch for punch in the first half, and in the second half, we just took it. Once you get one goal, you feel like you can score a million."
With the score tied 1-1 at halftime, it quickly became the Indians' game. Marous scored all three of his goals within a 10-minute span. The last was a thing of beauty as he split two Blue Devils defenders and rifled a blast to give the Indians a 4-2 lead with 40 seconds left in the third.
The Indians put the game out of reach in the fourth as Alec Bernstein, Clayton Krol and Pete McDonagh scored single tallies. Krol scored the first goal in the second quarter.
That was more than enough for Indians senior goalie Tucker Gillman, who had 10 saves.
"Going into this game, we were watching the [North Allegheny-Mt. Lebanon semifinal] game real close, and I was rooting for [Mt Lebanon]," said Gillman, who will play college lacrosse at Georgetown. "I wanted to beat them because if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. We lost to them when all the seniors were sophomores."
Shady Side coach Michael Williams said his team overcame the mental tightness that affected them in the first half.
"But everything starts with our senior captains and it filters down from there," he said. "Once we started scoring, we got loose, had fun and we played our kind of game."
Mt, Lebanon coach Mike Ermer is pleased that his team has the chance to play in the state tournament against Erie Cathedral Prep, a 6-5 winner against District 6 champ State College in a play-in game, but he lamented his youthful roster.
"We have no four-year letter winners," he said. Our youth showed all season. I'm pleased to get to this point."
Louis Lucerne and Brendan White accounted for the Blue Devils' goals.