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12U WPYLA A Division Champs 2021
by posted 06/10/2021

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U12 Low & Away Champs - 2019
by posted 01/24/2021

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U10 Low & Away Champs - 2019
by posted 01/24/2021

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Clayton Krol '21 - High Point University (D1)
by posted 06/05/2019

Alumni Profile - Clayton Krol

Started all 16 games of the 2019 season... Grabbed five ground balls and caused three turnovers in the win over St. Bonaventure (02/02/19)... Snagged four ground balls in the overtime win at Drexel (02/16/19)... Recorded five ground balls and two caused turnovers in the win at Virginia (2/18/19)... Logged four ground balls, three face-off wins and two caused turnovers against Robert Morris (3/02/19)... Caused a career-high four and snagged two ground balls at Jacksonville (3/23/19)... Picked up five ground balls and caused one turnover at Bellarmine (4/20/19)... Millis Scholar-Athlete.

Played attack and midfield for four years for head coach Dan Usaj at Shady Side Academy … Also played quarterback for the school’s football team … Named to the All-American team two times.

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Tucker Gillman '19 - Georgetown University (D1)
by posted 06/05/2019

Alumni Profile -

BIG EAST Champions … Played in 16 games for the Hoyas as a senior … Scored his first career goal against Mount St. Mary’s (2/26) and added his first career assist against Loyola (4/9) … Credited with five caused turnovers on the season and 18 ground balls … Had five GBs in the NCAA Tournament First Round against Yale (5/11) and three in the BIG EAST Championship Finals against Denver (5/4) as well as three against Villanova (4/14) … Named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team.


A five-year letterwinner in lacrosse, earning four at Shady Side, before playing a prep year at Avon Old Farms … Selected a men’s lacrosse captain during his senior season at Shady Side, in addition to being named captain of the squash team … A 2014 Under Armour Underclass All-American Midwest … A three-time Brine All-American and two-time US Lacrosse All-American … Named the 2014 First Team All-MSCLA goalie … Selected as the 2013 WPIAL Player of the Year … Helped lead Shady Side to a 2014 WPIAL Lacrosse Championship … Posted a .700 save percentage during his junior and senior seasons … Coached by Mike Williams and Darrell Schmitt at Shady Side and Skip Flanagan at Avon Old Farms … Played club ball for Titanium Elite where he was coached by AJ Auld … Also earned two letters apiece in football and squash and one letter in wrestling

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Blake Goodman '20 - University of Richmond (D1)
by posted 06/05/2019

Alumni Profile - Blake Goodman

  • Earned the SoCon Pinnacle Award for the second-straight year at the SoCon Tournament for highest GPA on the winning team. Played in eight games, making four starts. Tallied 254:41 in goal. Posted a 12.01 goals against average. Recorded 65 saves and a .560 save percentage. Notched a 2-1-0 record on the year. Made starts against Furman (March 16), Bellarmine (March 23), #7 Virginia (March 29) and Jacksonville (April 6). Recorded 14 saves against Virginia. Added nine saves against Bellarmine and eight against Furman and Mercer (April 20). Picked up wins over Furman and Bellarmine


  • A four-year letterwinner and two-year starter for coaches Michael Williams and Dan Usaj at Shady Side Academy. Honored as a 2016 US Lacrosse All-American. Named 2016 Second Team All-Midwest, WPIAL Division1 North All-Section, All-WPIAL All-Star and Team MVP. Named 2015 Honorable Mention All-Midwest and WPIAL Division 1 North All-Section. Selected as 2016 captain. Member of the 2014 WPIAL Championship team. Played club ball for Titanium Elite. Also a member of the Shady Side Academy golf team
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Robby Woodings '19 - Army West Point (D1)
by posted 06/05/2019

Alumni Profile - Robby Woodings

Lettered in lacrosse at Shady Side Academy … US Lacrosse All-American … was a first team All-League midfielder … also competed in football.

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Levi McCrady '20 - Brown University (D1)
by posted 06/05/2019

Alumni Profile - Levi McCrady

Athletics: Lacrosse: Earned 4 Varsity Letters… 4-year starter… 2-time team captain… 3-time team MVP… 3-time first team All-Section… 2-time first team All-WPIAL… 2-time US Lacrosse All-American…IL Invitational ASG MVP.

Academics: National Honor Society… National French Honor Society… High Cumulative Honor Roll…United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award… 4-time Scholar Athlete
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Doc Szlachetka '20 - Air Force Academy (D1)
by posted 06/05/2019

Alumni Profile - Doc Szlachetka

Started in all 15 games in 2018 ... took two shots ... picked up 12 ground balls and caused two turnovers ... Academic All-SoCon ... SoCon Honor Roll. 

Member of Cadet Squadron 9 … son of David and Amy Szlachetka with one sister … given name is Donald ... mother played basketball at Ohio University … father played football at Shippensburg University … major is behavioral science … would like to attend pilot training and fly remotely piloted aircraft … scouted by Army West Point … hobbies are hunting and fishing … most memorable moment in sports was winning the conference championship in football as a sophomore

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U9 Loose Balls 2017 Champs
posted 03/15/2018


Congratulations to Coach PJ and the U9 Boys 2017 Loose Balls Champs! 

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U15 Loose Balls 2017 Champs
posted 03/15/2018


Congratulations to Coach Jay Deal and the U15 Boys Loose Balls Champs!

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PYLAX Alumni named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week
posted 03/14/2018

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced its weekly awards Tuesday afternoon and Richmond goalkeeper Blake Goodman has been named the Defensive Player of the Week in the wake of his stellar effort opposite Bucknell over the weekend.

The Pittsburgh, Pa. native picked up his first win as the Spider goaltender with a 9-8 victory over the Bison on Saturday afternoon and did so by making 17 saves (.680 save pct).  Including several key chances down the stretch in the fourth quarter to keep Bucknell at bay while the offense took care of business on the other end.

Goodman has started both games for the Spiders this season and has made 23 saves to this point. Goodman and the Spiders will be back in action this afternoon opposite Mount St. Mary's. The games is set to get underway at Robins Stadium at 4 p.m.

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PYLAX Coach Graham Childs signs letter of intent
posted 03/14/2018


Graham Childs Announces Commitment to Play Lacrosse at Hofstra University


October 3rd, 2017. Graham Childs, Fox Chapel High School and 365Lax elite club player, commits to play lacrosse at Hofstra University.

Coach Thomas Michaelson, at 365Lax, had this to say about Child's recruitment to Hofstra University, "Graham was a player who played on our National Showcase Team after getting a referral from his 412 Elite Coach, Peter Tumbas and he was everything Peter has said he was. During this past summer, he played lockdown defense against some of the top teams in the country so I knew his day would happen and I couldn't be happier for Graham. Hofstra got themselves a great, fundamentally sound, athletic defensman and I can't wait to watch him play as he will be playing 15 minutes down the road for his 4 year college career."

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PYLAX Alumni in College
posted 03/13/2018

Rob Woodings '15 (Army) & Blake Goodman '16 (Richmond)

PYLAX has been developing young boys and girls lacrosse players since 2003. The program has provided the foundation for 1st - 8th graders to succeed at select travel, high school and collegiate levels. Here is a list of former PYLAXers that are currently playing or committed to play at the college level. Congratulations! 



2019 Class

Graham Childs (Hofstra University commit)

2017 Class

Mac Ference (Rhodes College)

Thomas Hanulak (Seton Hill University)

Clayton Krol (High Point University)

Chris Woodings (Washington & Lee University)

2016 Class

Blake Goodman (University of Richmond)

Max Jaffe (Ohio Wesleyan University)

Levi McCrady (Brown University)

Tucker Root (Denison University)

Doc Szlachetka (United States Air Force Academy)

2015 Class

Connor Jones (Connecticut College)

Robby Woodings (United States Military Academy)

2014 Class

Mike Concordia (Bates College)

Tucker Gilman (Georgetown University)



2019 Class

Natalie Cyterski (Coastal Carolina University commit)

Megan Cyterski (Coastal Carolina University commit)

2018 Class

Kate Goodwin (Lehigh University commit)

Emmie Lau (Brown University commit)

Coco Redican (University of Louisville commit)

2017 Class

Megan McCrady (Georgetown University)

2015 Class

Kara Pooley (Hamilton College)

Charlotte Redican (Colgate University)

2013 Class

Sara Bell (Brown University)


2017 US National Girls Regional Team

Riley DiFiore

Emmie Lau

Abby Todd

Coco Redican

Marrisa Hardiman

Kate Goodwin

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Former PYLAXers selected for US National Regional Team
posted 05/08/2017

A big contratulations from the PYLAX family to former Players rostered on the US National  Regional Team!


There are currently 4 Shady Side Academy girls that made the US Lacrosse national regional team (Riley DiFiore, class of 2018, Emmie Lau and Abby Todd, both class of 2019, and Coco Redican, class of 2020), as well as 2 Fox Chapel High School girls (Marissa Hardiman, class of 2019 and Kate Goodwin, class of 2018). 


That means 6 of the 22 players that made the team were from PYLAX!  27%!


Here's a link to a Shady Side article:



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