Peters Township Edges SSA to Repeat as WPIAL D-I Girls Lacrosse Champs

Friday, May 24, 2013 | 1:32 AM

Been there, done that for Peters Township, as for the second straight season and the fifth time in ten years, the Indians captured the WPIAL Girls Division I lacrosse championship with a 16-14 victory.

This match at Martorelli Stadium in the North Hills between Division I – Section 1 rivals Peters Township and Shady Side Academy was the third game on the season between the pair of Indians.

Peters Township jumped out to a (1-0) lead, but Shady Side Academy scored 3 of the next 4 goals and held a (3-2) lead at the (7:47) mark of the first half. But senior Hannah Wilcox, who is headed to Jacksonville University to play D I college lacrosse, scored the first two of her four goals to give Peters Township a 4-3 lead at (9:22) and it was a lead that Peters would never relinquish. The two Wilcox goals started a run of five unanswered goals for Peters Township and led to a 7-3 lead.

Shady Side cut the deficit to 13-9 at halftime. After Caitlin Carey gave Peters Township a 14-9 lead at (2:20) of the second period, SSA scored the next four goals to close within 14-13. Three of those goals for Shady Side Academy came from Stanford bound senior midfielder Felicia Tissenbaum, who tallied six times in the contest.

But Wilcox worked her magic again for Peters Township with two nice assists to Sarah Bootman at (10:58) and Allison Hurley at (11:21) to put Peters up by 3 goals.

K.K. Jaffe scored her second goal of the game for Shady Side at (13:07) to close out the scoring.

Wilcox, who finished with 6 points for Peters Township, also scored 6 times in Peters 21-18 win over Pine-Richland in last season’s championship game. Bootman, who has signed to play lacrosse at American University, notched a hat trick for Peters Township and her third goal was the 200th of her career. Hurley also scored a hat trick and Carey, who will play at Duke next year, scored 3 goals and added two assists for Peters Township.

Sophomore midfielder Charlotte Redican scored a hat trick for the second consecutive playoff game for Shady Side Academy while junior attack Lia Winter netted a paid in the loss for SSA.

Shady Side Academy, the # 1 seed in the Girls Division I tournament, saw its 14 game winning streak snapped. The only two losses for Shady Side Academy (15-2) came at the hands of Peters Township.

Peters, seeded second, improved to (17-2) with the win and their win streak now stands a 9 straight. Both schools will represent the WPIAL in the PIAA Girls tournament which gets underway next Wednesday. Peters Township will be the top seed from District 7 with Shady Side Academy the only other qualifier for the state playoffs from the WPIAL.

Scoring Summary:

Peters Township     :    13    –    3    =     16
Shady Side Academy    :    9    –    5    =    14

1st Half Scoring

PT: Sarah Bootman – Allison Hurley                   (3:01)

SSA: Tori Winter – Felicia Tissenbaum                (4:02)

SSA: Charlotte Redican                                     (5:08)

PT: Hurley – Bootman                                        (5:44)

SSA: Tissenbaum – Micky Saperstein                (7:47)

PT: Hannah Wilcox – Bootman                           (8:54)

PT: Wilcox (2)                                                   (9:22)

PT: Gina Vilsack – Hurley                                   (11:09)

PT: Wilcox (3)                                                   (11:24)

PT: Olivia Gload – Caitlyn Carey                         (13:36)

SSA: Redican (2)                                               (14:20)

PT: Wilcox (4) – Bootman                                  (14:48)

PT: Alyse Kilberg – Hurley                                 (15:01)

SSA: Tissenbaum (2)                                         (16:08)

SSA: Tissenbaum (3)                                        (18:48)

PT: Carey                                                         (19:00)

PT: Carey (2)                                                     (19:22)

PT: Bootman (2) – Carey                                    (19:37)

PT: Hurley (2) – Kilberg                                      (22:36)

SSA: Lia Winter                                                 (22:48)

SSA: Lia Winter (2)                                            (23:46)

SSA: Redican (3)                                               (24:13)

2nd Half Scoring

PT: Carey (3)                                                     (2:20) – Man Up

SSA: Tissenbaum (4)                                         (4:17)

SSA: Tissenbaum (5)                                        (8:28)

SSA: Tissenbaum (6)                                        (9:10)

SSA: K.K. Jaffe – Lia Winter                              (9:24)

PT: Bootman (3) – Wilcox                                  (10:58)

PT: Hurley (3) – Wilcox                                      (11:21)

SSA: Jaffe (2) – Saperstein                               (13:07)

Shots on Goal

Peters Township – 25               

Shady Side Academy – 25


Peters Township – Mel Morgret – Angela Esposito (0:00 – 2nd Half) – Morgret (16:32 – 2nd Half)

Shady Side Academy – Gab Harchelroad

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