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Girls lacrosse wrapup: Lancaster’s Stewart is an All-WNY four-peat

Imagine making the All-Western New York girls lacrosse team all four years in high school? Allie Stewart doesn’t have to.

The Lancaster senior garnered the honor again in 2014 making her the only player in the 19-year history of the team to four-peat.

Stewart broke plenty of records during her career, including surpassing Maria Kotas’ mark as Lancaster’s career assist leader. Kotas graduated from Canisius College last month after her own record-breaking career leading the Griffs to four straight MAAC titles.

Stewart is taking the same college path as she will attend Canisius in the fall as a scholarship athlete. Stewart said Kotas has served as an inspiration during her high school career.

“She is the best player I have ever seen play,” said Stewart. “She did so great in high school and she did so great in college, I dream of doing as good as she’s done in college. That would be incredible if I could do the same things as she’s done.”

Stewart led Lancaster to the last three Section VI Class A titles. This year’s crown was the team’s ninth in 10 years. Stewart’s 89 points helped Lancaster to a 14-4 record. They lost to Frontier during the regular season, but avenged that loss in the sectional final.

Lancaster and Amherst landed three All-WNY selections each while Frontier and Hamburg had two. The 14-player team was chosen by a panel of area coaches.

The only sophomore to make the team was Claire Herrmann of three-time Class B champion Hamburg.

Lancaster met Frontier for the fourth year in a row in the Class A final. Lake Shore won Class C, snapping Amherst’s 11-year streak. It was an abrupt end to the season as all three Section VI champions lost to Rochester opponents in the Far West Regionals.

Around the cages

• In May, Amherst and Lancaster met in a charity game, Blue4Ben, in memory of Ben Sauer. The 5-year-old lost his battle with brain cancer on May 13.

• Sacred Heart won the Monsignor Martin Association playoff title for the second year in a row, beating Mount St. Mary both times. Katie O’Donnell and Remmi Zaepfel had three goals each in the championship. The Thunder had won the previous eight crowns.

Senior Elise Kruez of Mount St. Mary was named league MVP. She led the team in scoring and is three-sport athlete. Her 42 goals included six against Nardin and five versus Niagara-Wheatfield.

• Nichols is represented on All-WNY by three-year starter Jenny Roach. She led the Vikings to the Midwest Schoolgirls championship and a 10-6 finish. In the playoff final, Roach scored early in the Vikings’ 9-6 win over Culver Academy of Indiana.

• Bridget Callahan of Orchard Park was named the Coach of the Year in Class A by her peers. There were two Coaches of the Year in Class B: Jocelyn Hohman of Williamsville North (Class B-1) and Jen Courtney of Williamsville East (B-2).

• North selection Katie Wolfe played in the sectional final twice in her four varsity seasons.

• This year’s All-WNY team features plenty of school record holders. Emma Falter of Niagara Wheatfield holds single-season marks for goals, assists and points. She has 85 goals and 154 career points going into senior year.

Grace Lawson of Amherst holds school records for goals in a game, season and career as well as most points in a game.

Emily Bitka of Amherst suffered a season-ending ACL tear in sectional semifinals. She holds school records for highest save percentage, most interceptions in a game and most saves in a game.

• Jill Ford of Hamburg carried a 97 average while playing three sports throughout her high school career.

• Molly Neurueter of Eden received the Jackie Pitts award given by U.S. Lacrosse. The annual honor recognizes a senior who exemplifies the spirit of the game and is an outstanding student and a role model.