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Zed sets record, but Section V sweeps

Zed Williams provided the highlight of the day for Silver Creek when he became the state's all-time leading points leader.

It turned out that would be the highlight of the day for Section VI as well.

The Rochester-area champions from Section V swept Section VI boys lacrosse teams in Saturday's Far West Regionals before an estimated combined crowd of 2,000 at Hamburg High.

Williams, Silver Creek's standout junior, set the state record with a game-tying goal late in the Class C game, but sophomore goalie Brandon Maciejewski stole the show when he stopped another game-tying attempt by Williams in the final seconds to preserve a 14-13 victory for Penn Yan.

Orchard Park was shut out for what is believed to be the first time in program history as Fairport won a defensive battle, 7-0, to record the first shutout in a Class A state tournament game.

Hamburg, regarded as Western New York's top team, led the Class B game, 4-1, at the half, but Irondequoit owned the second half to win, 10-8.

After having a state final four representative every year from 1998 to 2006, Section VI has now been swept in three of the last six seasons; Section VI also went 0 for 3 in 2007 and 2010.

The numbers were much better for Section VI in the tripleheader's opener, when Williams scored to tie the Class C contest at 13-13 with 3:19 left. His four-goal, one-assist game gave him 554 career points, surpassing the 553 established in 1994 of one of the sport's superstars, Casey Powell of Carthage (and later Syracuse University).

Penn Yan (19-2) came right back as junior Ryan Maciejewski scored with 2:47 left for a 14-13 lead over Silver Creek (16-2). The perennial power from the Finger Lakes held on -- thanks to the heroics of the goal-scorer's younger brother. Brandon Maciejewski made his 18th save on Williams' low shot from the left side.

"I heard [the record announced] when I was taking the faceoff and that motivated me even more, but things didn't work out," said Williams. "The goalie won them the game. I saw time winding down and he made a good save."

In the Class A game, goalie Blaze Riorden had 10 saves as Fairport (21-0) won a plodding game against OP (13-5). The Red Raiders led 2-0 at halftime and 3-0 after three quarters.

Coach Gene Tundo, who has led Orchard Park for about 30 years, didn't recall any of his teams being shut out before.

"They're just good -- big defenders, big goalie and they played great defense," said Tundo, who also lauded his own defense. "We needed a little spark, and we just didn't get it."

Hamburg (18-2) appeared in control of the Class B contest, but the Eagles (18-2) won the opening faceoff of the second half and scored at the 36-second mark. Irondequoit won 11 of 15 second-half faceoffs -- mostly behind junior Ben Brooks -- as it outscored the Bulldogs, 9-3.

Irondequoit quickly tied the game, 4-4, with 6:08 left in the third and it was 6-6 entering the fourth. Irondequoit took a two-goal lead before Hamburg cut the deficit to 8-7 with 4:24 to play. On Irondequoit's next possession, Hamburg had goalie Thomas Lipomi come out of the net to double-team the ball. That led to a goal by Jake Schmidt into an open cage with 2:23 left for a 9-7 lead. A similar empty-cage goal by Gunnar Miller made it 10-7 with 54.1 seconds left.

"It's risky when you do that, but we were in a desperate situation," said Hamburg coach Jerry Severino. "We were supposed to end this game in a different way. We played our worst half at the most important time of the year."

For more on the regionals, go to the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com.

email: kmcshea@buffnews.com