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Amherst lax ready for OP

It's early, but perhaps the biggest local boys lacrosse game of the regular season will be played under the lights of Amherst's Alumni Field at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Amherst will host Orchard Park in the annual nonleague clash between Section VI powers.

Amherst, which graduated its top player at each position from last year's 17-5 club, opened its season Wednesday with a 9-4 triumph over perennial Section V Class A contender Victor at Alumni Field.

While Amherst coach Stefan Henn said the game against OP won't make or break his club's season, there will be local bragging rights on the line since Amherst became the first Western New York squad in 11 years to beat the Quakers last season.

Orchard Park replied to last year's 14-5 defeat with a 14-game winning streak that yielded the program's 11th straight sectional title and a berth in the state semifinals.

Amherst has won the last five section Class B titles.

Amherst's Casey and Corey Rich combined for five goals and three assists Wednesday, with younger brother Casey scoring two of his four markers during the Tigers' 4-1 first quarter.

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Del Dotto wins title

Buffalo Seminary swept the singles and doubles titles during the All-Catholic Badminton Championships at Mount St. Mary.

Laura Del Dotto earned the title and MVP honors with an 11-6, 11-4 win over Sacred Heart's Courtney Conway. Both earned first-team All-Catholic honors while semifinalists Jessica Jarmusz (Mount St. Mary) and Teresa Borcuch (Sacred Heart) made up the second team.

Buffalo Seminary's Madga Stefanski and Rachel Engl beat Sacred Heart's Alie Bazzani and Erika Conway in three sets for the doubles championship.

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