The boys lacrosse semifinals of the Section VI Tournament took place on Thursday night, and it was a good night for Niagara-Wheatfield.
The Falcons took control in the second half to beat Williamsville North, 13-7, in one semifinal in Class B.
Niagara-Wheatfield trailed, 6-4, at halftime. Then the offense and defense turned up their play at the same time.
“The offense woke up, and we ended up going on a six-goal run,” Falcons coach Vince Schiffert said. “Logan Hill made a couple of spectacular saves from point-blank range to keep the string going.”
Evan Printup had five goals to lead Niagara-Wheatfield. Nate Maloney and Seth Ferguson had two goals each, while James Stenzel had a goal and an assist.
“We’ve been playing a lot of tough games lately,” Schiffert said.
Over in Class C, Akron had a big offensive game in a 27-10 win over Salamanca. Owen Hill had eight points and Jeff Besser added seven. Silver Creek is next for the Tigers after its 10-8 win over Eden. The Black Knights ran the final six minutes off the clock to preserve the win.
Dufresne is on target
Jackie Dufresne had four goals on only five shots and Sophie Jones added 13 saves in Frontier’s 13-7 win over Orchard Park in the Class A semifinal in girls lacrosse.
“Jackie played fantastic. She dominated the draw controls,” coach Tim Myslinski said. “And Sophie played lights out. She shut them out for almost 30 minutes. Their first goal came in the second half.”
Meanwhile, Lancaster moved along with a 17-8 win over Clarence. Grace Gabriel had six goals and two assists, while Anna Orlando had four goals and Jenna Hagen and Reese Addeo added hat tricks.
So it’s Lancaster and Frontier for the Sectional championship – again.
“It’s our fifth year in a row. We’re excited,” Myslinski said.
In the Class C semifinals, Hannah Smith and Megan Besseo had two goals and an assist each in Amherst’s 18-4 win over East Aurora. In the other semi, Lake Shore dropped Iroquois, 17-9. Shayla Scanlan and Jalyn Jimerson led the way with five goals each.
Blue Devils erupt
Sectional play continued in softball around the area, and Kenmore West’s bats were in good form. Grace Ferguson had a three-run homer and Allison Sherry drove in a pair in the Blue Devils’ 15-3 win over Lockport in AA play. West Seneca West earned a matchup with Lancaster with an 11-3 victory over Jamestown. Jess Inglut and Felicia Urbanczyk were both 2 for 2.
In the A-1 quarterfinals, Bri Bucello’s walk-off single gave Williamsville East a thrilling 12-11 win over Hamburg. Tori Thauman went 4 for 5 with a homer.
Quinn Decicco hit a game-winning triple to lead Amherst to a 4-2 win over Lew-Port in A-2 action. Hannah Bardeen added three hits for the Tigers. Olean moved to 17-4 with a 3-0 win over Iroquois. Monica Moses struck out nine in pitching a complete game, and she added two hits at the plate.
In Class B-2, top-seed Roy-Hart blanked Lackawanna, 4-0. Taylor Fry twirled a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks.
In Class C play, Ally Haskell gave up two hits and had 15 strikeouts as Franklinville downed Silver Creek, 3-1.
Emma Lea Erlandson scored the winning run for West Valley in a thrilling 10-9 win over Clymer.