Same old Section V, same old story.
Rochester-area teams made it a sweep of Section VI girls lacrosse teams in the Far West Regionals at All High Stadium Saturday. Section V has now swept the annual matchup with its Western New York neighbor for the 19th time in 20 tries since regional play began in 1996.
Amherst fell to Honeoye Falls-Lima, 19-10, in the Class C game. Hamburg lost to Victor, 19-6, in the Class B game and Lancaster couldn’t overcome a second half run by Pittsford in a 16-7 loss.
Lancaster, thought to be Section VI’s best shot at a regional title, hung around for most of its battle with Pittsford. Senior Grace Gabriel did her part to keep it close, scoring four goals.
“We gave it everything we had and battled back after being down 4-0,” Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri said. “We knew they were going to be tough; they just have a ton of weapons. ... We left it out on the field. We’re honored to play them.”
Gabriel and Klarice Addeo each scored early in the second half to make it 8-6, but Pittsford took over the game for good with five unanswered goals.
“I think we struggled to get the draw here and there and had a couple turnovers,” Buccieri said.
“They’re such a good team, that’s going to happen. We did the best we could.”
Honeoye Falls-Lima advanced to the state semis for the seventh time under coach Kevin O’Connell. HFL, a perennial Section V power, was just too much for Amherst to handle. Amherst fell behind, 17-4, early in the second half, before HFL took its starters out and coasted the rest of the way.
“Maybe the mystique of HFL took over in the first half,” said Amherst coach Andrew Karpinko.
“Once we calmed down, it was probably too late. HFL has great stick skills and they know the game really well. Every single one is a coach on the field.”
Sophomore Brittany Chamberlain paced HFL with six goals and junior Bailey Reed had five.
Amherst senior Angelina Simon had four.
“It was a great year, we finished 17-2, nothing we can really complain about,” Karpinko said.
“Obviously we wanted to win one more, that’s just the way it works out sometimes.”
In the final game of the night, Hamburg stormed out to a 4-1 lead just five minutes in. All four goals were by four different players. The fourth goal forced Victor coach Jamie Smith to call a timeout.
From there, it was all Victor.
After the timeout, Victor scored eight unanswered goals. Hamburg’s Bridget Hermann scored a goal with 15 minutes left to finally end the run.
“We made too many mistakes on our part,” Hamburg coach Katy Ryan said. “Their goalie had a really good game, and we just couldn’t capitalize. We couldn’t put anything past her. And our mistakes they definitely capitalized on.”
Hermann and Carolyn Connors each scored a pair of goals for Hamburg. Victor’s Delaney Schottland, Alyssa Fries, Kaci Messier and Bridget Flynn each scored four goals.
The three Rochester teams will move on to the state semifinals next weekend at SUNY Cortland.