Breaking down changes to the 2023-24 WPIAL girls lacrosse alignment
Monday, August 8, 2022 | 12:01 AM
The WPIAL released new section alignments for the next two-year cycle in all sports, and changes will be implemented starting this fall.
This summer, the Tribune-Review will break down changes for each of the WPIAL sports.
Here’s a look at the upcoming WPIAL girls lacrosse season:
2022 WPIAL champions
Class 3A: Shady Side Academy
Class 2A: Chartiers Valley
• Among the changes for the next two years of WPIAL girls lacrosse will be a smaller group of teams in Class 3A.
Sewickley Academy moved from Section 2 to Section 1, which will have nine teams.
Section 2 will have 10 teams, including Allderdice, which slid over from Section 1.
In addition, Aquinas Academy will move over from Section 1 to 2 so that there will be equal 12-team sections.
• The top six teams in each section will qualify for the WPIAL playoffs. The top two finishers in Class 3A and top three teams from Class 2A will advance to the PIAA tournament.
• Mt. Lebanon and Peters Township have each won five WPIAL girls lacrosse championships, tops in the league’s 19-year history. Peters Township won three straight crowns from 2007-09 and then back-to-back in 2012-13.
Mt. Lebanon won the league’s first three titles in 2004-06 before also winning in ’14 and ’16.
Shady Side Academy has won the past three championships in Class 3A (2019, ’21, ’22). The 2020 season was canceled because of the pandemic.
• The WPIAL expanded to two classes in 2009.
March 6: First practice date
March 11: First scrimmage date
March 17: First play date
March 24: First section date
May 24-25: WPIAL championships
June 10: PIAA championships
Class 3A (19 teams)
Class 2A (24 teams)
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Bill Hartlep is the sports editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BHartlep_Trib.
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