> West Seneca East wins
It took some time for West Seneca East to find its groove. Monday's poor weather forced a cancellation of all after school activities, meaning the Trojans hadn't had a practice since Saturday.
The Trojans took an 8-4 halftime lead and opened it up in the second half for a 16-7 win over Iroquois in Class B boys lacrosse.
"Our offense got in a rhythm and we won some more faceoffs and got on a roll," Trojans coach Jim Maisano said. "We also picked up every ground ball there was and a ground ball is another offensive opportunity for us."
Jon Haun scored six goals for the Trojans (3-3 overall, 3-2 Class B) while Mikey Balla added three goals and four assists.
"We graduated 14 seniors last year and we have a very, very young team," Maisano said. "Hopefully this is the beginning of us jelling together. We've got a long way to go. We've got two very good teams this week in Amherst and Penfield from Section V. We've still got our work cut out for us, but we're getting better."
Niagara-Wheatfield improved to 6-1 overall with a 16-11 win over West Seneca West. Zach Dubuc scored four goals for the Falcons.
> Second half lifts Nichols
Trailing by four goals at halftime, Nichols tightened its defense and created offensive opportunities to come back for a 15-13 win over St. Joe's in Monsignor Martin lacrosse.
"The boys must have felt like spotting them a few a goals because we were down, 9-5, at halftime," Nichols coach Tom Franz said. "We've done this a couple times before. The first week of the season against Amherst we were down for much of the game but came back. The boys feel confident. As a coach,I'd rather be up. I'm not that much into excitement."
Once the Vikings (4-4 overall, 2-1 MMA) got back in the game early in the second half, it was a one-goal affair. Nichols went up, 14-11, but St. Joe's came back to make it 14-13. With about 90 seconds left in the game, Nichols scored to regain the two-goal cushion.
Lucas Walsh had six goals and three assists and Sean Malone had four goals and two assists. But faceoff wins by Jack Faso and play in the middle of the field by Liam Ryan keyed the Vikings.
"Liam and Jack were a big part of the game," Franz said. "When the offense knows they'll get the ball right back, they tend to be patient. When they don't think they'll see the ball, they tend to hurry things and make mistakes. Jack and Liam guaranteed those guys they'd get the ball back and they were able to relax."
> Grucella signs with Citadel
Leo Grucella of Lancaster signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field for the Citadel on Tuesday. The long and triple jumper has competed on the Redskins' indoor and outdoor track teams for the past six years. He also played six seasons of soccer.
> All-Star game set
Nate Beutel of Grand Island and Erik O'Bryan of Niagara-Wheatfield were named coaches for the junior-senior game at Thursday's Niagara PAL/ACE All Star basketball. Ryan Hogan (Kenmore West) and Carlos Bradberry (Niagara Falls) were named coaches for the freshmen-sophomore game, which kicks off at 6 p.m. at Niagara Falls High School. Admission is $5. See rosters on Page D6.