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High School Extra (April 13): Hamburg lax wins in Virginia

Hamburg scored a “monumental” boys lacrosse victory on Wednesday in Fairfax, Va., coming back from a 6-3 halftime deficit to defeat Westfield (Va.), 14-8, in the second game of the Bulldogs’ trip to northern Virginia. Hamburg defeated Chantilly (Va.), 7-4, in Fairfax on Monday.

“This was monumental. It was one of the biggest victories in Hamburg history,” coach Jerry Severino said as the undefeated Bulldogs headed back to Western New York after their sixth victory of the season. “Westfield was rated one of the top five teams in Virginia.”

Westfield plays in the same league as last year’s Virginia 6A boys champion.

Goalie Jacob Phillips made 14 saves for Hamburg. Colby Wright and Jason Chiodo had two goals and two assists each, while Jared Milley had a pair of goals. Faceoff man John Collins had 16 ground balls for the Bulldogs.

Another key contributor was Jacob Smeader. Usually a defenseman, Smeader played long stick midfield to match up against Westfield’s No. 1 midfielder.

“He neutralized him and scored two goals himself,” Severino said.

Sweet Home wins in Mingo Classic

Freshman catcher Shawn Romanowski put down a squeeze bunt to score Tyler Edholm with the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, as Sweet Home won its third in a row in the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., defeating Buckhannon-Upshur (W.Va.), 7-6.

The Panthers added two more runs but needed a sliding catch of a foul ball for the third out in the bottom of the sixth with two runners in scoring position

Mike Romanowski went 3 for 3 with an RBI, Kevin Liska had two hits and an RBI and Edholm scored twice for the Panthers. Jacob Ohman picked up the save in relief of Luke Dorty.

Ryan Williams of Kenmore East allowed only one hit in six innings, striking out 14 as the Bulldogs opened with a 11-0 victory over CSAT. Dom Germano went 4 for 5 with two RBIs for East.

Alden’s Nate Reger struck out 10 JFK batters in the Bulldogs’ 16-2 rout.

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