Share this article

print logo

Rochester teams too much for locals

Section V's dominance in girls lacrosse continued Saturday.

All three Rochester-area representatives earned sound victories over their Section VI counterparts in the Far West Regionals before an estimated combined crowd of 1,200 at All-High Stadium.

Penfield beat Lancaster, 15-9, in Class A, Canandaigua topped Hamburg, 17-6, in Class B and Honeoye Falls-Lima rolled past Amherst, 17-5, in Class C.

The winners will move on to the state semifinals Friday at Cortland State. Since the inception of the Far West Regional round of the state playoffs in 1995, only one Section VI team, Lancaster in 2008, has advanced to the state final four.

CLASS A: Lancaster (13-5) got off to a quick start, taking a 2-0 lead nine minutes into the game on a pair of goals by Rachel Heidenreich. Penfield responded with seven unanswered goals on its way to a 10-4 lead at the half.

"They can move the ball so well and we had way too many turnovers in the midfield and on the attack," Redskins coach Julie Buccieri said.

Lancaster, which has won seven of the last eight sectional titles, played the Patriots even in the second half, getting single goals from Hannah Reimer, Grace Gabriel, Sam Czplicki, Reese Addeo and Heidenreich. Goalkeeper Karli Pawlak made seven saves.

"We tried real hard and I couldn't be more proud of them for how they kept fighting to the end," Buccieri said. "It was a great season. We won the section, so we met that goal. We'll start back at it again next week to try and get back here."

CLASS B: Hamburg (16-4), which owned a rare regular-season win over Section V opponent East Rochester, was overmatched by Canandaigua's powerful Braves, who sealed the win with seven consecutive goals to start the second half.

"They were a great defensive team and I also think we made silly, uncharacteristic mistakes which caused a bunch of those unanswered goals," Bulldogs coach Katy Ryan said.

Taylor Wolf (two goals) ended the run with a high wrister for Hamburg, which had won its first sectional title since 2008. Jill Ford and Amanda Obenshain also had a pair of goals in the loss. Goalkeeper Lauryn Courteau made seven saves.

CLASS C: Amherst (13-6), winner of eight consecutive sectional titles, struggled with faceoffs and ground balls against stronger and quicker Honeoye Falls-Lima. Those issues led to a 10-1 halftime deficit.

"It was a bit of a struggle for us to keep possession of the ball," Tigers coach Jodi Battaglia said of the opening 25 minutes.

Amherst did score four times after intermission on goals by Sarah Bischof, Ellie Masters, Carly Martin and Ivy Page. Alana Rockoff got the Tigers on the board midway through the first half. Goalkeeper Emily Bitka made eight saves.

"I'm very, very proud of this group of girls," Battaglia said, citing her 11 seniors. "We had a very good season. We came together throughout the year and picked up two huge wins over [sectional finalist] Lake Shore."