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Penn Yan over-matched in Class D state title lacrosse game

With a roster filled with underclassmen, several of which were freshmen and sophomores, there were whispers that perhaps this would be just the second time in 22 years that Penn Yan would fail to win a Section V championship and advance to the state tournament. Turned out, the kids from Penn Yan, no matter how young they are, just know... more

Late goal stuns Victor in Class B boys lacrosse state title game

The Victor boys’ lacrosse dynasty has been temporarily derailed. Saturday afternoon in the Class B game at St. John Fisher College, the Blue Devils’ quest to become just the second program in New York State boys’ lacrosse history to win four straight state championships came to a stunning end when Garden City’s James Basile scored the winning goal with 1.2... more

Pal-Mac girls fall in state Class D semifinal

Victoria Ruffo scored five goals and Allie Berkery and Fiona Jones each netted a hat trick as Bronxville-I got its year-long wish to get another shot at a state championship. The Broncos, now 18-4, defeated Palmyra-Macedon 14-5 Friday in the Class D state semifinals at SUNY-Cortland. The Broncos, who fell in double-overtime in last year’s state championship, jumped out to... more

Legendary Ithaca lacrosse coach Frank Welch retires

Frank graduated from IHS three years later, and he took his game to Ithaca College. After graduating from IC, Frank worked as an assistant coach for the Bombers before taking over the Little Red program. 43 years later, Welch has decided that the time has come to leave his coaching position. Welch told me, “I knew at the beginning of... more

Big Blue wrecking crew: Victor athletic program becomes dominant force

Ron Whitcomb received some advice back in 1991 when he was deciding whether to leave his alma mater, East Rochester, to become the new athletic director at Victor Central Schools. “Take the job,” outgoing AD Jeffrey Crane told Whitcomb. “Victor is a sleeping giant.” Crane, West Irondequoit’s superintendent since 2003, couldn’t have been more right, and Whitcomb, now 63, plans... more

Penn Yan punches ticket to state finals after 2nd half rally

Someone has to get near the top in order to finish climbing a mountain, sometimes more than once. Penn Yan Academy, Section V’s dominant boys lacrosse team among the smallest schools, won its only state championship in 2001, despite the Mustangs often taking part in the race. This season is no different. The Mustangs earned another chance at another state... more

Victor boys lacrosse team rolls in state semifinals

There was a brief moment — and yes, it was brief, as in about 46 seconds in length — when the folks from East Syracuse-Minoa may have entertained the possibility that their Spartans could give powerhouse Victor a game Wednesday afternoon. Victor had raced out to a 6-0 lead through one quarter, but ES-M got off the deck and scored... more

Penn Yan rallies, defeats Akron in OT in NYS Class D boys lacrosse quarterfinals

One of the reasons why Penn Yan coach Brian Hobart likes to play a tougher regular-season schedule is for the exact situation that arose Saturday morning at All High Stadium in the quarterfinal round of the state Class D boys’ lacrosse tournament. A surprisingly effective Akron team from Section VI ripped off a six-goal run in the first half and... more

Victor overwhelms Hamburg 15-3 in Class B state lacrosse quarterfinals

It’s quite possible that Victor has had tougher practices this season than the state Class B boys’ lacrosse quarterfinal game it won Saturday afternoon at All High Stadium. The Blue Devils overwhelmed a completely overmatched Hamburg team 15-3 and advanced to the semifinals at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, which will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday. “Any team that gets out... more

Palmyra-Macedon girls reach state semifinals in girls lacrosse

Palmyra-Macedon girls have reached the state semifinals in girls lacrosse. The Red Raiders advanced to the state semis with a 17-3 win over Eden on Saturday at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School. Jamie Walker had six goals and three assists and Emma Arnold added five goals and three assists. Anna Diakogiannis and Alea Javorowsky each scored two goals and Kayleigh Ground... more

Pal-Mac grad Ben Reeves wins Tewaaraton Award

Yale captain Ben Reeves and junior attack Sam Apuzzo of Boston College have won the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the most outstanding male and female college lacrosse players in the nation. Reeves closed his college career with one goal and three assists in a 13-11 victory over Duke on Monday for the national championship. He finished the season with... more

Penn Yan dynasty rolls on with 8-6 win over Aquinas for Class D lacrosse championship

There haven’t been too many afternoons at St. John Fisher College where Penn Yan’s dynastic boys’ lacrosse team has been pushed to the limit in a Section V championship game, be it in the Class C or D tournament. But on a steamy and sunny Wednesday on the Growney Stadium turf that they have owned for years, the Mustangs got... more

Victor pulls out thrilling 10-9 double-OT victory in Class B final

This was never going to be easy for Victor, no matter how many championships it has won, no matter how many future Division I lacrosse players it has on its roster. Sure enough, in a scintillating Section V Class B championship game at St. John Fisher College Wednesday night, as good a high school game as you’ll ever see, Webster... more

Geneva captures Class C boys lacrosse title with 13-2 victory over Wayne

Geneva boys’ lacrosse coach L.J. Russell firmly believes in the old saw that it’s always tough to beat a team a third time after you’ve already defeated it twice, even though he’s seen firsthand that it can be done. “Oh, I do, trust me I do,” he said with a smile Tuesday afternoon after his Panthers throttled rival Wayne 13-2... more

Pal-Mac girls top Penn Yan to capture lacrosse title

The Pal-Mac girls lacrosse team defeated Penn Yan by a final score of 12-7 in Pittsford on Tuesday night to capture the Section V Class D title. It was the second straight championship for Pal-Mac and Coach E.J. Burse. Pal-Mac defeated Penn Yan in the sectional final game last season, 16-5. Emma Arnold led the way with 6 goals and... more

Skaneateles girls lacrosse’s section title streak snapped

Skaneateles’ streak has come to an end. The Lakers fell behind early and couldn’t keep up with the Spartans’ offense, as No. 3 Skaneateles fell to No. 1 South Jefferson, 12-5, in the Section III, Class D girls lacrosse championship at SUNY Cortland Tuesday. The Lakers had won the section title and made a trip to the state final four... more

Penn Yan lax heads to Sectional title game

The top-seeded Penn Yan boys lacrosse team took down No. 5 Bath, 12-4, in the Section V Class D semifinals Saturday. Jeff Kinyoun was a strong force in the goal for the Mustangs with 10 saves on the day. FL Times: Read More Penn Yan Lacrosse…in search of sectional title #23…time to punch that ticket pic.twitter.com/cWVs6xHIhC — Tommy Linnan (@JaxLax2theMax)... more

Brighton girls lacrosse tops Victor in semifinals

Brighton senior Rene Gangarosa and most of her classmates were born in 2000 — or two years into the Barons’ streak of winning 11 consecutive Section V girls lacrosse championships. It started in 1998 and lasted through 2008. This spring Brighton wants to end a more dubious streak. It has gone four years since its last crown — the longest... more
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