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Passion to host playoff game

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Mid Atlantic Division game will take place June 23 at Franklin Regional HS

This Saturday, June 23, the Pittsburgh Passion will host the first round of playoffs for the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Division of the Northern Conference in the Women's Football Alliance. The 7-1 Passion will host the 8-0 Detroit Dark Angels at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Kickoff is at 5 PM.

The winner of the first round game will advance to play the D.C. Divas on Saturday, June 30. 

This is the Passion's fifth playoff berth in the last six seasons, winning 42 of their last 48 regular season games -- an 87.5 winning percentage.
This season, quarterback Lisa Horton had a career season with 1,329 passing yards and 19 touchdown passes. Amanda Haeg led the team with 393 rushing yards and 594 receiving yards. Rachel Wojdowski set a Passion record with 10 touchdown receptions. Lyndsi Hughes had 17 receptions for 331 yards. Sisters Olivia and Octavia Griswold led the defense with 47 and 38 tackles respectively. Beth Amato recorded 33 tackles, while Sharon Vasquez led the team in interceptions with 4, returning 2 for touchdowns. Kicker Amy Fallon setd a Passion record, converting 41 of 46 extra points.
On Saturday, August 4, the Passion will host the 2012 SilverSport WFA National Championship at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Tickets are now available on ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit pittsburghpassion.com. For daily updates, follow the team on facebook.com/pittsburghpassion or twitter.com/pghpassion.

Neil Walker’s contract expires after the 2016 season. The Pirates second baseman is due for a big raise in arbitration this offseason—likely to $10 million—and signing him to a long-term extension will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $12-$15 million annually.
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