> GI lax opens with win
The skills that made Andy LaLonde a standout in football and wrestling are serving him well in lacrosse. The Grand Island senior had three goals as the Vikings opened Tuesday with an 8-6 win at St. Joe's.
LaLonde was a Connolly Cup finalist in football and a Niagara Frontier League all-star at 152 pounds in wrestling. Among his responsibilities in lacrosse is taking faceoffs. "Usually for faceoffs you need someone with good hands, who's quick with good balance," said coach Steve Steck, "He's got a lot of stick-to-ness. A lot of great faceoff men are also great wrestlers. He's a good athlete, a tough kid."
GI jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and led, 5-2, at halftime. The Vikings held a three-goal margin most of the game before St. Joe's closed within two goals with 42 seconds left.
Bishop Timon-St. Jude scored four unanswered goals in the second half and beat host Amherst, 6-3. The Tigers' long stick Brian Sullivan put the game away scoring the sixth goal from 15 yards out. Luke Mann had a goal and three assists and midfielder Chris Kane, coming off a sprained knee, added two goals. Goalie David Scarcello had 11 saves.
> Bellanca to Gannon
Jeffrey Bellanca of St. Joe's has signed a national letter of intent to continue his football career at Gannon University. Bellanca, who will play safety for the Golden Knights, is also planning to play collegiate baseball, while pursuing a degree in criminal justice.
Last fall, Bellanca finished second on the team in tackles (77) and third in rushing (403 yards).