Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 boys lacrosse season

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Friday, July 19, 2019 | 5:49 PM


The 2019 boys lacrosse season was one of historical feats.

The Mars Fightin’ Planets won their fourth straight WPIAL Class AA championship, and the Pine Richland Rams fought their way through a few different injuries in order to capture their first WPIAL Class AAA title.

For the last two seasons, the Rams had suffered early exits in the WPIAL playoffs, but they earned their first playoff victory in blowout fashion with a 19-4 win over Class AAA defending champion Peters Township. Then, they took down Shady Side Academy, 9-6, in the semifinals in order to advance to the WPIAL final.

They weren’t going to let that opportunity slip through their fingers as they led Mt. Lebanon for a majority of the game, before sealing their first title with a 12-5 victory.

The Rams went on to defeat District 10 champion McDowell, 17-3, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament, but they came up short against District 1 champion Conestoga in the second round.

Mt. Lebanon won its PIAA first-round game, defeating District 3 champion Palmyra, 10-9, before losing to District 1 third-place finisher, Radnor, 13-4, in the second round.

Pine-Richland’s Dane Dowiak was named the WPIAL Class AAA Player of the year, and his teammates, Will Harnick, and Jon Scherer, were voted to the All-WPIAL team, selected by a coaches’ vote. Bethel Park’s Tim Schreiber was named the Class AAA Coach of the Year.

In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Mars, after losing 18 seniors to graduation, the Fightin’ Planets found a way to secure the WPIAL championship hardware for the fourth straight year. Not only did they accomplish their goal, but they did it in exciting fashion, ousting Hampton, 9-8, in overtime.

Senior attacker Mike Doyle, who had scored more than 100 goals on the season and scored 12 in their WPIAL semifinal victory over Freeport, was named the WPIAL Class AA Player of the Year. He was joined by two other teammates, Nate Smith and Garrett Reinke, on the All-WPIAL team, and Freeport’s David Riley was named the Class AA Coach of the Year.

Mars, Hampton and Quaker Valley all advanced to the PIAA Class AA tournament. Quaker Valley fell in the first round to District 3 champion Hershey, which later knocked out Mars in the second round. Hampton defeated District 10 champion Meadville in the first round, 11-3, but suffered a seven-goal loss to District 1 runner-up Strath Haven in the second round.

Greg Macafee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Greg by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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