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Twins Erin and Emma Roland lead Williamsville to state semifinals in another sport

Erin Roland stopped playing travel ice hockey to focus on field hockey, her stronger sport.

But ice hockey has always been part of her life so she opted to play for Williamsville this season.

Now she has an opportunity to play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final four twice in her hometown area.

The Williamsville North field hockey team lost, 4-1, to Maine-Endwell in the Class A state final in November on its home field.

On Friday, the Williamsville ice hockey team faces Potsdam of Section X at 6 p.m. at HarborCenter in a state semifinal. Plattsburgh of Section VII faces Skaneateles of Section III in the other semifinal. The final is Saturday at 6 p.m.

“It’s just so fun to be able to go as far as you can with high school sports, especially doing it with people you see every day,” Roland said.

Erin Roland's OT goal secures Williamsville program's first Section VI title

Roland also has shared the experiences with her twin sister, Emma.

“Representing your school and section in two state semifinals is just unreal,” Emma said. “I don’t have any words, especially both times being at home.”

The Roland twins have had a flair for the dramatic in postseason play in both sports.

In the state field hockey semifinals, Erin scored on a penalty stroke 2:50 into sudden death overtime to give Will North a 2-1 victory against  Sachem East. She was named to the all-tournament team.

On Wednesday night, she scored at 2:10 in overtime for a 4-3 win in the Section VI final against defending champion Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park.

In field hockey, Emma scored twice on corners in a 3-1 victory against Fairport in the Far West Regionals to lead Williamsville North to the state final four. She also had a game-tying goal on a breakaway early in the state final that tied the score at 1-1 and was named to the all-tournament team.

On the ice, Emma set the program record with 28 goals.

Among the challenges for Williamsville is that a state championship would mean five victories in six days. Potsdam last played Saturday and rolled to a 9-1 victory against Massena. The other semifinalists, Plattsburgh and Skaneateles, last played Sunday.

“Every game wears on you,” Emma said. “But we’ll get back to work Friday, hydrate and prepare.

“Any other team had to get those five wins. Hopefully, it’s us.”

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