Historically, Western New York has trailed Rochester and the Finger Lakes schools in boys lacrosse. the best Section VI teams - Orchard Park, Hamburg and Akron - have taken on the best in the Far West Regionals the last three seasons and lost every game in the Class A, Class B and Class C playoffs.
WNY coaches schedule Rochester and Syracuse teams early in the season to gain experience against quality opposition in an effort to upgrade the sport. Saturday, four local teams played against the Rochester area. All lost. The composite goals total: Rochester area 52, WNY 17.
Clarence fell, 14-4, to visiting Webster Thomas, last year's Section VI Class B champion. Thomas defeated the Red Devils, 14-2, last season, too.
East Aurora was an 11-6 loser to Greece Odyseey Athena, 11-6.
Spencerport, which is 3-0 already, handed Williamsville North its third straight loss, 13-5.
Penn Yan, which traditional had dominated local teams in the regionals, rolled over Monsignor Martin Association's St. Francis, 14-2, Penn Yan was last year's state Class C runner-up.
Canisius tops Erie foe
Canisius (2-0) was one WNY team that enjoyed success Saturday against competition from outside the area. Coach Joe Smith's Crusaders (2-0) triumphed over Cathedral Prep (1-1) of Erie, Pa., 9-3.
Senior Joe Cooley scored five goals for Canisius and assisted on another. Senior Jake Lutz had a goal and two assists for the Crusaders.
Elsewhere, Nichols (2-0) triumphed over Williamsville South, 12-4, and Bishop Timon-St. Jude hosted a team from north of the border and loss to St. Andrew's College of Ontario, 13-11.
ACE/PAL tryouts set
Tryouts for the PAL/ACE All-Star games will be held on Tuesday at Niagara Falls High School. The freshman-sophomore tryouts will be at 5 p.m. and the junior-senior tryouts at 7 p.m. The PAL/ACE games will be on Thursday at Niagara Falls High. Tickets are $5 with proceeds going to the Niagara PAL. For more information contact Sal at Salpal128@aol.com.