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Timon-St. Jude powers to fifth straight title

Another year, another championship for Timon lacrosse.

Layne Collins scored seven goals, Connor Fields had four and Adam Dimillo had three to lead Bishop Timon-St. Jude to its fifth consecutive Monsignor Martin title Thursday in a 14-7 win against St. Joe’s at All High Stadium.

“We were finding the open man and we weren’t being selfish,” Fields said.

“From the goalie to the attack, I think we had an all-around great game.”

Fields, who will play for the University of Albany next season, already owns the New York State record for goals in a season, which he set last year with 129.

The four goals he scored Thursday give him 108 this season, which ties him for the second-most productive season in state history, as well.

Fields won’t get to add to that total in the Catholic state championship, however, because there won’t be a game between the Buffalo and Long Island Catholic champions.

“It’s disappointing. Our guys really wanted to play a state championship,” Timon coach Mike Burke said. “It’s unfortunate they decided to back out of the game. Very unfortunate.”

“I think we’re the default champions,” he added, “but we wanted to play the game.”

Timon has won the state title two years in a row and beat St. John the Baptist in last year’s championship, 20-4.

Thursday, the Tigers didn’t leave much doubt, either. Nigel Davis opened the scoring for St. Joe’s in the first quarter, but the Marauders led for only 19 seconds before Collins answered for Timon, which would pad its lead with the next five goals.

St. Joe’s cut the deficit to 6-3 at halftime thanks to two goals from Peter Masters, and brought it within two when Mark Nasca scored in the first minute of the second half.

But that was as close as Joe’s would come.

Collins’ fourth and fifth goals of the night and two scores from Fields just 12 seconds apart gave Timon a 10-4 lead late in the third quarter.

Timon added four more in the fourth quarter as St. Joe’s took risks defensively, utilizing the goalie as an extra defender but leaving the net exposed.

“I think we played our hearts out,” St. Joe’s coach Pete Hudecki said.

“We played really great against a really good team. We took a couple chances at the end to try to get the ball back, but I thought our guys played great and I’m proud of them.

“Our seniors, from four years ago to now, our program has done a complete turnaround, and they were the start of it,” Hudecki added.

“It’s been going great ever since and I’m excited for the future.”

Timon took both league matches from St. Joe’s this season, 11-6 last week and 12-11 on May 1. Timon won last year’s championship against St. Joe’s, 18-8.

Collins, a four-year member of the team who will play at Richmond next year, believed seven was the most goals he had ever scored in a game.

“I kind of felt it after I had three early, and then I just kept scoring,” Collins said.

“They keyed on Adam [Dimillo] and Fields a lot and left some space for Layne, and he took advantage,” Burke said. “They forgot about him a little bit, which they shouldn’t have.”

Dimillo was superb as well, scoring three goals and setting up a handful others. He’s headed to play at Maryland next season.

Timon boasts a fourth Division I player on its roster – goalie Tristan Dougherty, a junior who will play at Hobart – and three midfielders who are headed to Division II: Billy Coppola (Wheeling Jesuit), Sam Watts (Mercyhurst) and Brandon Donohue (Lake Erie College).

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