Mt. Lebanon advances. North Allegheny and Shady Side return home.
Would you rather have a shorter drive for your first round playoff game or easier competition? North Allegheny’s WPIAL title meant they were rewarded with a shorter drive to Hempfield, west Hempfield, not central Hempfield. Mt. Lebanon was sent off on an 8am bus to Harrisburg.
Manheim Township, the second place finisher in District 3, was waiting for North Allegheny. While, Mt. Lebanon took State College, the first place finisher in District 6. The problem of course is that Lancaster teams are much better than State College and Erie teams competing in District 6. How much better? Manheim has more 2018 ACC commits (2) than State College has total 2016 commits (1).
The tournament doesn’t do District 3 winner Wilson any favors either. They dispatched Shady Side 12-3, improve to 25-0 on the season, and get La Salle in the quarterfinals.
North Allegheny had a lead with 2.4 seconds to go before Manheim tied to force overtime where they would eventually win it 10-9. Manheim did have a 6-3 half time lead, but the Tigers would score the next 5 goals before Manheim scored at the whistle. The Streaks scored with 3:08 left to tie the game at 8. North Allegheny tacked on another goal with 50 seconds remaining but could not hold on. Remarkable run by the Tigers over the last week or so.
Sophomore Wes Powell had four goals for the Tigers including this man up marker, which is seemingly their only man up play, but no one can stop it and/or doesn’t scout man up.
Mt. Lebanon was able to defeat State College 8-5. They game had to be played at 1pm due to prom, thus the 8am bus ride to Harrisburg. Mt. Lebanon will meet Manheim on June 4th.
2017 section projections out next week.