WPIAL Crowns Field Hockey Champions at Washington & Jefferson
Monday, November 1, 2021
Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) crowned champions in field Hockey this past Saturday, as it hosted its annual WPIAL Field Hockey Championships at Washington & Jefferson College.
It was repeat champions in all three classifications. Pine-Richland captured its third consecutive 3A title with a 3-1 victory over North Allegheny. Penn-Trafford made it six straight in 2A with a 1-0 triumph against Fox Chapel. Shady Side Academy netted its fourth 1A title in a row with a 1-0 decision over Aquinas Academy.
All three champions move onto the PIAA Championships, which begin Tuesday, Nov. 9.
3A RECAP [Bracket]
Top-seeded Pine-Richland kept its unbeaten record intact and collected the WPIAL 3A championship with a 3-1 victory over second-seeded North Allegheny. The Rams’ title is their fourth in five seasons, and they were making their sixth consecutive championship game appearance.
Pine-Richland struck in the first quarter off a penalty corner, as Rylie Wollerton finished a pass from Fiona Kortyna.
Wollerton added a second goal in the third period to make it 2-0, but the Tigers trimmed the gap soon after with a Lauren Kampi tally.
The score remained 2-1 for most of the duration before the Rams put the game away late with a Georgia Rottinghaus goal.
Pine-Richland advanced to the title tilt with a 2-1 win over Peters Township, while a 4-1 triumph over Hempfield Area vaulted North Allegheny to Saturday’s decider. The Rams made the PIAA semifinals last year.
2A RECAP [Bracket]
In a rematch of the 2020 WPIAL 2A championship game, top-seeded Penn-Trafford prevailed once more with a 1-0 win over second-seeded Fox Chapel. The Warriors won last year’s matchup by a 2-1 score, and have outscored opponents, 17-2, over their six consecutive title tilt victories.
The lone goal of the contest came in the second quarter when Ava Hershberger scored off a penalty corner.
It was the same final four in 2A as 2020, with Greater Latrobe and Upper St. Clair serving as the other semifinalists. Penn-Trafford topped Latrobe, 1-0, in its semifinal, while Fox Chapel doubled that margin with a 2-0 triumph over USC. The Warriors made the PIAA quarterfinals in 2020.
1A RECAP [Bracket]
Top-seeded Shady Side Academy needed a single goal to win its fourth straight WPIAL 1A championship, topping second-seeded Aquinas Academy, 1-0. The Bulldogs have played in all six championship games since a 1A classification was established, while the Crusaders were making their inaugural title tilt appearance.
The game remained scoreless until the fourth quarter, when Shady Side Academy’s Neely Hawn buried a rebound to provide the lone goal.
Only three teams qualified for the 1A bracket, with Aquinas Academy defeating The Ellis School, 1-0, in a semifinal. The Bulldogs moved onto the PIAA semifinals last season.