Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Quaker Valley Girls Blast off to an 8-0 Start

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Quaker Valley Girls Blast off to an 8-0 Start

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Quaker Valley High School girls lacrosse coach Nellie Kraus believes her team has come up with the right formula for success that has yielded victories in all eight games this season and a healthy balance on offense.

"I have a lot of confidence in our offense, and just the way they see each other [on the field]," said Kraus, in her third season as the Quakers coach.

Quaker Valley is idle until Tuesday after the team improved to 8- 0 and has a No. 2 ranking in the ratings following a 14- 3 victory against Oakland Catholic this past Friday in a non- section game.

"They're very unselfish," Kraus said. "There are more assisted goals than unassisted goals. That's just a product of teamwork."

On April 22, the Quakers play host to Seneca Valley (3-4), the No. 7-rated team in the rankings, in a Division 1, Section 2 game.

Quaker Valley's defense has been severely tested once this season when the Quakers outlasted section rival Fox Chapel, 19-14, on April 1. Every other opponent has been held to eight goals or fewer, and the Quakers have had double-digit results offensively in all of their games.

Quaker Valley's other close contest occurred on April 8 when the Quakers rallied to defeat No. 6 North Allegheny, 11-8.

The defense's backstop is junior goalie Aubrie Tarris, who played forward on the Quakers' Penguins Cup Class A championship boys hockey team, which also was the state runner-up.

"There are a lot of similarities between hockey and lacrosse," Tarris said. "Communication is important [in both sports]. That's the biggest factor coming in. You want to pick up on slides and stuff and players keying on other players is important in both games."

Kraus is pleased with Tarris' talent in the net.

"All sports help you [in lacrosse], no matter if it's basketball or soccer [or ice hockey]," the coach said. "You can see the field well. She plays on the boys hockey team, and they are probably a little more physical and vocal. But her hockey experience has not only helped her on the physical level but as a team member."

With this team, there hasn't been one or two go-to players that other teams can focus on defensively. …

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