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Winning cast headlines All-WNY team

Frontier's upset of six-time Section VI champion Lancaster came as no surprise to anyone wearing Falcons blue. After all, they called it the night before.

"We had no doubt, the day before in practice we all said, 'we're going to be section champions tomorrow.' We knew this was our year. We had the talent, we had the heart, we had it all," said junior midfielder Joelle Kaczmarek.

Frontier delivered on its promise with a 6-3 victory in the Class A final over the Redskins and Kaczmarek went on to represent the Falcons on the All-Western New York girls lacrosse team.

The 16th annual team was chosen by Western New York coaches. Nichols landed four players on the first team while West Seneca East and Lancaster had two each.

While Lancaster's impressive streak was ended, two other teams extended theirs. Amherst won Class C for its seventh consecutive title and Mount St. Mary ran its streak of Monsignor Martin Association titles to seven. Jenny Grimm of the Mount was named the league's MVP. She will play next season at Division II Seton Hill (Pa). She had 45 goals as the Mount was 13-0, 14-4.

Frontier's title was its first, but the Falcons weren't the only ones breaking new ground. Lake Shore won Class B to raise its first banner.

Nichols won the Midwest Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association for the first time in the league's 29-year history. The Vikings did it on their home turf winning four straight games. They ended the season on a 16-game winning streak finishing 19-2-1.

Julia Suriani of West Seneca East, Sophie Niesciur of Amherst, Lauren Basil of Nichols, Brittany Delano of Lancaster, Joelle Hartke of Clarence are repeat All-WNY picks.

Lancaster's Allie Stewart becomes the first freshman in the history of All-WNY named to the first team.

For Suriani, this is her third time making the first team. She will continue her career at Division II Le Moyne College in Syracuse, where she has signed a partial scholarship. Le Moyne was ranked No. 2 in the nation this year before losing in the NCAA semifinals.

Suriani put up some amazing numbers while on the attack for the Trojans. In her four-year career she scored a school record 232 goals and handed out a record 118 assists. She had 77 goals this season scoring nine in a game -- twice.

"She got a great stick and she's very, very strong around the cage," said coach Rick Schmitt. "She has a big variety of shots. She can beat defenders and she's very good at timing her cuts. She had a good team around her that was able to find her all the time."

The WNY Coach of the Year is Katy Ryan, the first-year coach at Hamburg. The Bulldogs finished 14-3 overall with notable wins over West Seneca East and Lake Shore. Ryan herself was a two-time All-WNY pick for Hamburg in 2004 and 2005.

Amherst's Sophie Niesciur, who has signed with Division I Binghamton, leaves as school record holder for most goals in a season with 74, goals in a game with eight and assists in game with 11.

Vivian Curry helped Lake Shore avenge its regular-season loss to Hamburg with a hard-fought 17-13 win in the Section VI Class B final. She led Class B with 81 goals and had 50-plus assists.

St. Mary's, in its first-year in the Monsignor Martin Association, finished with a .500 record.

Jenna Schlagenhauf of Clarence led Class A in goals with 73. Ivy Timlin's 57 goals for Amherst led Class C scorers.

SECTION VI FINALS

Class A: Frontier 6, Lancaster 3

Class B: Lake Shore 17, Hamburg 13

Class C: Amherst 13, East Aurora 8

MONSIGNOR MARTIN

Mount St. Mary 15, Sacred Heart 7

FAR WEST REGIONALS

Class A: Pittsford 11, Frontier 1

Class B: Brighton 23, Lake Shore 6

Class C: Whitman 17, Amherst 5

e-mail: mmonnin@buffnews.com

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