Akron opens with win
Two Section VI boys lacrosse champions from 2015, Akron and Hamburg, got their local schedules under way with big wins on Wednesday.
Akron, which was undefeated in 19 games before running into Penn Yan of Section V in the Far West Regional, rolled over Salamanca, 23-6, in its Class C League opener.
Owen Hill, younger brother of departed All-Western New York selection Chaunce Hill, scored six times in the Akron victory. Gates Abrams, a returning first team All-WNY selection, had four goals and four assists.
“We lost a ton of talent,” said Akron coach Bryan Bellis, “but we were able to do some shuffling and fill in with depth.”
Two products of last year’s junior varsity came up big on Wednesday.
Grayson Ground had four goals and three assists while Nelson Logan had a pair of goals and two assists. Both are sophomores.
New Akron goalie Symon Jonathan made six saves in the victory.
Xavier Taylor scored twice for Salamanca.
Hamburg now 3-0
Hamburg, the defending Class B champion, scored an impressive 13-6 win at Niagara-Wheatfield. It was the third game for the Bulldogs, who won twice in Virginia last week.
“We feel pretty comfortable where we are right now,” said Hamburg coach Jerry Severino.
Playing on grass instead of their home artificial turf, the Bulldogs got off to a slow start and trailed, 2-0. Hamburg led, 5-3, after a quarter and 9-6 at half.
Hamburg shut out the Falcons in the second half.
“Our defense really tightened down,” Severino said. “I think all their shots in the second half were contested.”
Brendan Ryan led the defense. “He had 10 ground balls and did an excellent job clearing the ball,” Severino said. Will Agate had six ground balls. Goalie Stephen Grabar had six saves for Hamburg.
Behm wins debut
In Andy Behm’s first game as coach at Williamsville North the Spartans overcame a 6-2 halftime deficit and edged Sweet Home, 10-9. North took the lead, 8-7, on a goal by Cameron Trejchel and built it to 10-7 before Sweet Home scored two man-up goals in the last minute of the game. Josh Pujolas made 10 saves for North.