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Girls lacrosse wrapup: Mikolajek caps stellar career

The countdown to Megan Mikolajek’s career goes something like this:

• Four goals in the sectional final.

• Three division titles.

• Two-time All-Western New York.

• One first team All-American selection.

It adds up to an impressive body of work for the Hamburg senior, who grabbed one of the 14 spots on the 18th All-Western New York girls lacrosse team, chosen by local coaches. The Bulldogs and Lancaster had three picks each while Frontier had two.

The Bulldogs led Western New York in wins with 18 against two losses and won the Section VI Class B title for the second year in a row. In the regular season, they chalked up a 9-8 double overtime win against Frontier.

Mikolajek has signed a letter of intent with SUNY Albany. “She’s determined, she’s competitive, she works her butt off,” said Hamburg coach Katy Ryan. “It’s innate. If you take the ball away from her, she’s going to get it back.

Joining Mikolajek on All-WNY were teammates Taylor Wolf and Jill Ford. All three will play lacrosse in college as Wolf is headed to Niagara and Ford, a junior, has given her verbal to Niagara.

Mikolajek and Wolf were a tough matchup. Both had over 100 points in combined goals and assists, while Mikolajek caused 61 turnovers.

“On defense I’m always thinking, ‘get the ball back, and on offense I’m thinking ‘when can I score, or pass it off,’ ” said Mikolajek. “Whatever I needed to do for my team, I would do it.”

Wolf had 76 goals, 50 assists and Mikolajek tallied 42 goals and 58 assists. Both gained All-American honors along with Allie Stewart of Lancaster and Alie Jimerson of Lake Shore.

Wolf is a proven winner in three arenas. She won two sectional titles each in lacrosse, field hockey and basketball. She was also named All-WNY in field hockey twice.

All three of Lancaster’s picks were midfielders and underclassmen.

Stewart has given her verbal to Canisius. A four-year starter, she already holds school record for most goals (176) and most assists (134) in a career. She led the Redskins with 57 goals.

Grace Gabriel, just a sophomore, was able to score 45 goals using her strong shot and ability to protect her stick. Expectations will be high for her the next two years.

Rachel Heidenreich doesn’t just give 100 percent on the field, she apparently gives that in the classroom as she carries a 100 average. “She works hard year-round and is determined to make herself better,” said coach Julie Buccieri. “She gives it everything she has.”

Lancaster won the Section VI Class A title for the eighth time in nine years. In the sectional final, seven different players scored in a 9-8 win over Frontier. Its 17 wins included beating three of the four Rochester-area teams they played in the regular season. Lancaster beat Fairport for the first time, and it also edged Hamburg, 17-16.

Buccieri was named the Class A Coach of the Year. Also cited were Ryan of Hamburg (Class B) and Christina Schutrum of East Aurora (Class C).

Around the fields

• Marissa Dauria of Mount St. Mary was voted the WNY Coach of the Year by her peers. She is in her seventh season. The Thunder celebrated the program’s 100th victory this season against Holy Angels. The program is 110-28 in 12 seasons.

The Thunder won the Monsignor Martin Association regular season with a 13-1 record before bowing to Sacred Heart in the playoff finals. The Thunder had won the playoff title the past eight years before the Sharks’ 8-6 victory.

The Thunder also had the league’s Player of the Year in Shannon Pelitera.

• Section VI was swept by Section V in the Far West Regionals, getting outscored by a combined 53-10. Amherst won the Section VI, Class C title for the ninth year in a row . . . There are five repeat All-WNY picks, Mikolajek, Wolf, Stewart, Gabriel and Jimerson. It’s Stewart’s third year on All-WNY. Jimerson’s 103 points included 65 goals.

• West Seneca East called itself Team 13 in recognition of the program’s 13th season. They are represented on All-WNY by senior midfielder Katy Prosvirnina, who helped lead them to the Class B final. A versatile player, she has signed with Monroe CC next season.

• Holy Angels finished 3-9 in what will be its last season in the wake of the school closing. Senior Erin McConnaghy and junior Awilda Murphy were named All-Catholic.