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High Schools: Akron set for Class D lacrosse semifinal

Akron (18-1) will put its 17-game win streak on the line at 6:30 p.m. today against Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse (16-5) in a semifinal game of the State Public High Schools Class D boys lacrosse championship at Cicero-North Syracuse High. CBA has won six in a row since a 7-5 loss at St. Joes on May 13. Akron’s only loss was to Canisius, 12-5 on March 30. Owen Hill leads Akron with 60 goals and 69 assists.

Each side is looking to advance to the championship game of Class D, the first time that classification has been included in the state playoffs.

Not only will it be a matchup of two high-scoring teams, it also will pit some of the highest-scoring individuals in the state.

Junior Owen Hill of the Tigers has 60 goals and 69 assists for 129 points. Next is junior Nelson Logan with 46 goals and 42 assists for 88 points. In addition, Hill has won 76.8 percent of his faceoffs, a key statistic. CBA also has an outstanding faceoff specialist in junior Eli Weiss.

Senior Ben McCreary of CBA has 71 goals this season and teammates senior Alex Calkins (69) and senior Michael Matheson (50) are right behind. Calkins was limited to two assists and no goals in the loss to St. Joe’s.

Both Christian Brothers and Akron are undefeated against Class D opposition. Akron was dominant against Class D opponents in Section VI except for narrow wins over at Eden (12-11 in overtime) and 7-6 (in the sectional championship game). The Tigers then won a tense 10-9 game over Penn Yan of Section V in overtime in the Far West Regionals.

CBA had two close Class D games against Westhill of Syracuse, winning 9-6 in their regular season meeting and 10-9 in overtime in the Section III playoffs.

The Akron-CBA winner will face the winner of today’s Westlake (Section I) vs. Babylon (Section XI) game, which will be played at Adelphi University in Garden City. The championship game will be at Growney Stadium on the campus of St. John Fisher University in Pittsford at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

 

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