Friday, May 3, 2013
The team finishes their home schedule tonight against Quaker Valley.
By Gary Beam Sometimes a little help from your friends goes a long way, but if you have an opportunity to get something accomplished by yourself, most times the surety of the result lies in one’s own hands. So it was Wednesday night with the Canon-McMillan High School lacrosse team as a win against Baldwin and a win next week against Chartiers Valley would ensure a playoff berth in the upcoming WPIAL playoffs. But, as was the case last year, the Big Macs just couldn’t win the big one as they fell to the Highlanders 11-8 in a titanic struggle at Canon-McMillan Memorial Stadium. Like two prize fighters, the teams exchanged blow after blow in a well-played game that saw Baldwin pull out to a 4-1 lead with 4:36 remaining in the first half when…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Big Macs travel tonight to face the Moon Tigers before returning home Friday night to face the Wheeling Central Catholic Maroon Knights.
Wednesday, April 24
By Gary Beam Two area high schools, steeped in historic athletic rivalry, met for a show down at Big Mac Stadium Monday night and from the opening face-off it appeared to be headed for an old-fashioned shoot-out at the O.K. Corral. But when the smoke had cleared and the evening had ended, it was clear that the Canon-McMillan Big Macs held the most ammunition as they defeated the Trinity Hillers 15-3 in boy’s lacrosse action. The teams exchanged a volley of goals less than 50 seconds into the game and what looked like a possibly interesting contest soon turned into an ambush as the Big Macs scored 11 of the next 12 goals and went on to an easy victory. The Canon-Mac onslaught was led by Ben Ward who amassed 17 shots and scored on all six of…
Friday, April 12, 2013
The team plays again tonight against Taylor Allderdice.
By Gary Beam The Canon-McMillan High School lacrosse team lost its first conference game Wednesday afternoon as the Winchester Thurston Bears held the Big Macs powerful offense in check, winning 5-3. Canon-McMillan had scored 10 or more goals in each of its first five games; however the slippery, muddy field along with the Bears’ defense throttled the Big Mac offense. The goal scoring for Canon-McMillan was led by Nick Carr, with two tallies, and Isaac Miles who netted the only other score. Will Graziani turned in a string performance in goal. The loss drops Canon-Mac’s overall record to 5-1 and conference record to 0-1. The Big Macs continue on the road this week with an encounter with Taylor Allderdice today—Friday, April 12—before …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The boys lacrosse team beat Aquinas Academy by a score of 14-4.
The Canon-McMillan lacrosse team continued its winning ways Wednesday night by defeating the Aquinas Academy Crusaders 14-4 at J.C. Stone Field in Gibsonia. The Big Macs jumped out to a 4-1 lead at the end the first quarter on a pair of goals each by Nick Carr and Ben Ward. Goalie Will Grazani turned away four of the Aquinas five first-quarter shots dashing any hopes of the Knights getting back into the contest. The Big Mac onslaught continued into the second quarter as Connor Neimeyer netted three of his evening’s four goals, and for good measure, assisted on Evan Crompton’s goal to take Canon-McMillan into the locker room with an 8-1 half-time lead. The half-time break did not cool down the attack by the Big Macs as goals by Ward and …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Canon-McMillan defeated Latrobe.
By: Gary Beam The Canon-McMillan lacrosse team won their home opener and second consecutive game of the 2013 season Wedesday night with an impressive 18-5 performance against the Greater Latrobe Wildcats. The Big Macs were led by sophomores Nick Carr and Ben Ward, who each contributed six goals. Also having a very productive game were junior Connor Neimeyer with four goals and Richie Leeds adding another three tallies. The Big Macs took control from the start, scoring in the first minute of the game, and never looked back. Taking advantage of numerous Wildcat penalties and dominating the time of possession, Canon-Mac was relentless in its attack and keeping Greater Latrobe at a distance from its goal. Evan Crompton was very strong on face-…
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Pittsburgh Lacrosse is hosting camps at Upper St. Clair High School this week for aspiring players, starting in kindergarten.
If you're passing by Upper St. Clair High School this week, you might see youngsters out on the field, dressed in their gear, honing their skills while getting quite a workout. Too early for football season? They'll agree, because they're learning the sport of lacrosse. Pittsburgh Lacrosse is holding its South Hills Summer League through Thursday at the high school, with morning sessions for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, and afternoon for fifth through ninth. Among those in the younger group are Benjamin Dawson, who's going into third grade at Cecil Elementary School. His dad, Jeremy, doesn't mind the drive from Cecil Township each day: He can sit in the shade under a tree and watch Ben do all the work. "He's been playing …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Defeat to Quaker Valley wraps up a season that puts team in good position for next year.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
By Gary W. Beam The Canon-McMillan lacrosse season came to end last night at Canon-Mac Stadium as the Quaker Valley Quakers dominated the Big Macs, posting a 14-4 victory and claiming the prize of a playoff berth in the upcoming WPIAL Division II playoffs. Missing the playoffs comes as a great disappointment to the players, coaches and supporters of the team after a very successful 13-5 overall season record. The Big Macs dropped their final four games, three of which were division games, with opponents averaging nearly 12 goals per game. A win in any one of those games would have given Canon-Mac its first playoff appearance since Big Macs lacrosse became a WPIAL-sanctioned sport. The evening started out as most expected with a very tight …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Despite a halftime lead, the team lost ground to the Colts as the game progressed.
Friday, May 11, 2012
By Gary W. Beam The Canon-McMillan lacrosse team hosted the Chartiers Valley Colts Thursday night at Canon-Mac Stadium in a very big Division 2-Section 1 game. The Colts came into the game with a half-game lead over the Big Macs, with 5-2 and 4-2 records, respectively. The winner would clinch a second place finish in the division and assure themselves a home game in the upcoming playoffs. The stage was set and even Comcast was present to record the game for future broadcast next week on its On Demand channel. But what could have been a night to remember became a night to forget as the Big Macs squandered a 7-1 advantage and eventually succumbed to the Colts' speed and tenacity, losing 14-9. After the Colts struck first with a goal four …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Canon-McMillan senior Zach Simpson got the award in the sport of boys lacrosse by Positive Athlete, founded by Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Canon-McMillan High School senior Zach Simpson was voted western Pennsylvania’s “Most Positive High School Athlete” in the sport of boys lacrosse by Positive Athlete, an organization created by former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. Ward presented the award to Simpson, along with 25 other winners representing a variety of boys and girls sports in western Pennsylvania, in a ceremony at the Heinz History Center–Sports Museum in downtown Pittsburgh on April 21. Simpson was nominated for the award by his lacrosse coach, Craig Schleifstein. KDKA sports anchor Bob Pompeani and MSA Sports’ Lanny Frattare and Don Rebel served as the masters of ceremony. “I wasn’t even the most talented guy on my football team – there were a lot of …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Tonight is Senior Night against Baldwin; 'In the Senior Spotlight' profiles three players.
Friday, May 4, 2012
By Gary W. Beam The hopes of a Division 2-Section 1 championship for the Canon-McMillan Lacrosse team were dampened significantly last night in Westmoreland County as the Big Macs suffered a disappointing 10-9 loss to the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions. Canon-Mac would need to win its final three games and Greensburg would need to lose both of its remaining games in order for both teams to finish with two section losses. However, Canon-Mac would have a better winning percentage within the section than Greensburg (.800 vs .750) because the Big Macs would have played two more section games. A win last night would have allowed the Big Macs to determine their own destiny, but it just wasn’t to be. Canon-Mac got off to a fast start as …