EAST WHITELAND -- Tom Seifert said his class was the one that put Bishop Shanahan lacrosse on the map.
After four years, Seifert and the 10 other Shanahan seniors accomplished much more than that. The Eagles got to reap the benefits of their hard work Thursday night.
"To come in and build a program like this with your boys, it just feels so good to finally accomplish a goal,' Seifert said. "We're just getting it done the Shanahan way.'
The Shanahan way has worked for the 30 players on Woodbine Road throughout the Ches-Mont schedule as Bishop Shanahan completed an unbeaten season in league play with a 20-5 victory over West Chester East at Immaculata University.
John Mehok, who had four goals on the night for the Eagles, was proud that his team accomplished one of its goals set before the season. Shanahan (10-0, 14-1) had the Ches-Mont title set on its mind since the first day of practice.
"Everything is so surreal right know,' Mehok said. "It's a great feeling to know that all your hard work over the four years and just reach that goal is just an amazing feeling.'
Mehok has been a spark on the Shanahan offense this season, leading them with 44 goals. His senior teammate, Dylan Alderman, has been the heart and soul of the squad.
Alderman has had clutch performances in big games and last night was no different. The captain scored three goals to push his season total to 38.
On senior night, Alderman soaked it all in as he suited up for his final regular season home game for the Eagles.
"It's a lot of work,' Alderman said. "I played with these guys for four years and it just has been a lot of fun. Our seniors were determined to win this year and no one was going to stop us.'
That's the mentality the Eagles took after clinging to a 6-4 lead after the first 14 minutes. Once they got over the emotions of senior night, Shanahan dominated the rest of the way.
Alex Wagner scored his first of four goals on the night as the Eagles scored six unanswered goals to take a 12-5 lead heading into halftime.
Knowing a perfect league record was in its sights, Shanahan was even stronger coming out of the locker room. The Eagles dominated possession throughout the third quarter as they outscored the Vikings 6-0 before the running clock was inserted.
Eric Giannetti was a huge catalyst in that Shanahan run, scoring three goals in the first half and setting up scores for Mehok and Alderman in that third quarter.
Giannetti thought his team started out flat with the emotions of senior night, but know what they needed to do to win.
"We have to give East a lot of credit,' Giannetti said. "They came out with everything they had and played a really great game. We just did what we did all season and just made it happen.'
Nick Myers led the Vikings with two goals and has 27 for the year. The Vikings (3-7, 4-12) finished league play with three wins; a huge improvement over not winning a league game in 2013.
This night belonged to Bishop Shanahan and its seniors, who head coach John Heisman inherited four years ago. Heisman had a vision that this group would win a Ches-Mont title.
That vision is clear.
"To win (the Ches-Mont) by ourselves is something special,' Heisman said. "This moment is for them. This is something they are going to take in the rest of their lives. I'm going to be coaching forever, so to know these kids have that with them is special for our coaching staff.'
Mehok felt the same way as he got to win the league championship with not has teammates, but best friends.
"To come out here every single day with your best friends and just fight for everyone is a great feeling,' Mehok said. "It sounds so clichÃ©, but Bishop Shanahan lacrosse has been my family the past four years. That's the best thing about this.'
Bishop Shanahan 20, West Chester East 5
W.C. East 3 2 0 0—5
Bishop Shanahan 5 7 6 2—20
W.C. East goals: Myers 2, Phalen, Warrington, Morrison.
Bishop Shanahan goals: Mehok 4, Wagner 4, Giannetti 3, Alderman 3, Guinan 2, Montgomery 2, Coladonato, Kelly.
Goalie saves: Kyle (WCE) 13; Yoquinto (BS) 2, Gindhart (BS) 1.