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Boys Lacrosse Team Claims PIAA Championship Title

Mars Area High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team became the first WPIAL District 7 boys lacrosse team to earn a PIAA Title, with the Fightin’ Planets’ 9-6 defeat of the Marple Newtown Tigers in the final game of the PIAA Class 2A Boys Varsity Lacrosse Championship on June 11.

The team thrashed the Penncrest Lions 16-8 in the PIAA Semifinals on June 7; thwarted the Susquehannock Warriors 16-5 in the PIAA Quarterfinals on June 4; and, grounded the Cocalico Eagles 18-2 in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A Boys Varsity Lacrosse Championship on May 31.

The Planets advanced to the PIAA playoffs after defeating the Quaker Valley Quakers 19-3 in the final game of the 2022 WPIAL Class 2A Boys Varsity Lacrosse Championship on May 26 and earning the team’s sixth consecutive WPIAL title.

The team tamed the South Fayette Lions 24-2 in the WPIAL Semifinals on May 23; and toppled the Shaler Area Titans 23-2 in the WPIAL quarterfinals on May 19. The Planets ended the regular season with an overall record of 17-1 and 10-1 in section play, earning the 2022 Section 2-2A title.

For more information, visit www.piaa.org.
 

Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head, Assistant Coach Named Coach of the Year

Mars Area High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach Bob Marcoux and Assistant Coach Kyle Savage were named the WPIAL Class 2A Boys Lacrosse Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively.

Marcoux served as the Fightin’ Planets head coach since 2017; as an assistant and JV coach in 2015 and 2016; and began as a volunteer assistant in the program’s second year (2014). He has led the team to win six consecutive WPIAL titles and to the PIAA playoffs in four of the last five years. Savage is in his first season as the team’s offensive coordinator.

This season, the team won the 2022 WPIAL Class 2A Championship Title and advanced to the PIAA Class 2A Boys Varsity Lacrosse Championships. Planets will take on the Penncrest Lions in the PIAA Semifinals at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Also of note, Marcoux earned his 100th win as the team’s head coach with the Fightin’ Planets 18-2 playoff win over Cocalico Eagles in the first round of the PIAA playoffs on May 31.

For more information, visit www.wpial.org.

2022 PIAA Class 2A Girls Varsity Lacrosse Championship

Mars Area High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team advanced to the first round of the 2022 PIAA Class 2A Girls Varsity Lacrosse Championship on May 31, but was defeated 23-2 by the Twin Valley Raiders.

The Lady Planets advanced to the PIAA playoffs after taking second place in the WPIAL Class 2A Girls Varsity Lacrosse Championship, after a 17-6 loss to the Chartiers Valley Colts in the WPIAL final on May 25.

The team trounced the Hampton Talbots 13-9 in the WPIAL Semifinals on May 23; and quelled the Quaker Valley Quakers 16-6 in the WPIAL quarterfinals on May 18. The Planets ended the regular season with an overall record of 13-3 and 9-1 in Section 2-2A play.

Players of note this season include senior Kellen Fletcher, who surpassed 100 career points this season and has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Akron; senior Lydia Toparli, who has signed a letter of intent to play for Duquesne University; junior Charlotte Stamper, who achieved 100 career points this season; and junior Ainsley McGee and sophomore McKenna Merritt and were selected to compete at the USA Lacrosse National Tournament.

Rounding out this year’s team are seniors Mackenzie Newman, Ava Santoro, Ella Seebacher and Grace Wu; juniors Katie Ford, Emma Grell, Jessica McNulty, Amber O’Neil, Carly Radomski, Sarah Teamann and Lexi Whitworth; sophomores Anna Bowser, Sophia Bucknum, Mya Cote, Ava Day, Sophia Darocy, Kennedy Kolson, Zoey Krock, Kaitlyn Lawless, Claire Magness and Brooke Southwell; and, freshmen Mackenzie Aufderheide, Kendall Bruns, Jenna Caringola, Trinity Finn, Breanna Goerl, Ellie Koma, Sarah Maloney, Charlotte Paugh, Ella Roach, Adeline Rocco, Victoria Symchak, Tessa Tacik, Addisyn Vavala and Meagan Williams.  

For more information, visit www.piaa.org.

2022 WPIAL Class 2A Boys Varsity Lacrosse Player of the Year

Quinn FullerMars Area High School senior Quinn Fuller was named the 2022 WPIAL Class 2A Boys Varsity Lacrosse Player of the Year.

Fuller is a four-year member of Mars Area High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team, leading the Fightin’ Planets in caused turnovers. This season, the team won its sixth consecutive WPIAL Class 2A Championship Title and advanced to the PIAA Class 2A Boys Varsity Lacrosse Championships.

He has signed a letter of intent to join the Dolphins Men’s Lacrosse Team at the Jacksonville University (Fla.), where he plans to major in management and minor in sports business.

In addition, seniors Austin Cote, Quinn Fuller and Wesley Scurci, were named 2022 USA Lacrosse All-Americans. Cote signed a letter of intent to join the Greyhounds Men’s Lacrosse Team at the Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, Md.); and, Scurci signed a letter of intent to join the Lions Men’s Lacrosse Team at the Lindenwood University (Saint Charles, Mo.).

Also of note, seniors Jacob Caringola, Austin Cote, Quinn Fuller, Tucker Kush and Wesley Scurci; junior Ian Edinger; and sophomore Vincenzo Grieco and Cole Yoshioka were selected as 2022 WPIAL Class 2A All- Section players.

For more information, visit www.wpial.org.

 

2022 USA Lacrosse National Tournament Team 

McKenna Merritt and Ainsley McGeeTwo members of Mars Area High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team were selected for the 2022 USA Lacrosse National Tournament Team.

Junior Ainsley McGee and sophomore McKenna Merritt and will compete at the USA Lacrosse National Tournament, to be held May 28-29 at Cedar Lane Regional Park (Bel Air, Md.).

This season, the Planets have already clinched a playoff berth with a 7-1 record in Section 2-2A play. In 2021, the Lady Planets earned the WPIAL Class 2A Girls Varsity Lacrosse Championship Title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class 2A Girls Varsity Lacrosse Championships.

 For more information, contact the Athletics Office at (724) 625-9380.

 

Junior Achieves 100th Career Point

Charlotte StamperMars Area High School junior Charlotte Stamper, a three-year member of the school’s Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team, scored her 100th career point at the Lady Planets’ game against Quaker Valley on May 4.

In addition to achieving the milestone, Fletcher helped lead the team to defeat the Quakers 13-10. This season, the Planets have already clinched a playoff berth with a 7-1 record in Section 2-2A play.

In 2021, the Lady Planets earned the WPIAL Class 2A Girls Varsity Lacrosse Championship Title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class 2A Girls Varsity Lacrosse Championships.

For more information, contact the Athletics Office at (724) 625-9380.
 

Senior Achieves 100th Career Point

Kellen FletcherMars Area High School senior Kellen Fletcher, a four-year member of the school’s Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team, scored her 100th career point at the Lady Planets’ game against North Catholic on May 2.

In addition to achieving the milestone, Fletcher helped lead the team to defeat the Trojans 19-5. This season, the Planets have already clinched a playoff berth with a 6-1 record in Section 2-2A play.

In 2021, the Lady Planets earned the WPIAL Class 2A Girls Varsity Lacrosse Championship Title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class 2A Girls Varsity Lacrosse Championships. And, Fletcher was selected to represent Western Pennsylvania at the 2021 Women’s National Lacrosse Tournament.

Fletcher has signed a letter of intent to join the Zips Women’s Lacrosse Team at the University of Akron (Ohio), where she plans to major in communications.

At Mars Area High School, she is a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), German Club, and German National Honor Society. She is also a four-year member of the School’s Varsity Swimming & Diving Team.

For more information, call (724) 625-9380.