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High School Extra (April 5): Lancaster defeats a fellow champion in Hamburg

It's always fun when a couple of championship teams get together. The girls' lacrosse contest between Lancaster and Hamburg lived up to that billing.

The two schools, which both have won five straight sectional titles, squared off Tuesday afternoon. The Legends came away with an exciting 14-13 win.

"It was back and forth the whole game," Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri said. "We were a little lucky."

The Legends were led by Jordan Rokitka, who had six goals.

"She's a sophomore who was on the varsity last year," Buccieri said. "She really stepped up today with her shooting. She did a great job."

Alyssa Markowski and Hannah Schmahl chipped in with two goals each for Lancaster. Emma O'Neil had six goals for the Bulldogs.

It was a good way to start the season for Lancaster.

"We're a little sick of practicing," the coach said. "It's the first time we were playing another team, and it was a good test."

The Legends play Niagara Falls on Wednesday, and then it's off to Florida to work out under hopefully drier, warmer conditions.

Speaking of close games, East Aurora wound up in one in a nonleague matchup with East Aurora. The Blue Devils jumped out to a 7-2 lead at the half, but had to hold on for a 9-8 win. Allison Kasprzyk finished with six goals for East Aurora. Camryn Sullivan had four goals, including the 100th of her career, in Amherst's 17-5 win over Sweet Home.

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