Timon wins state lax title
Connor Fields saved his best for last on Monday scoring a season-high 11 goals as the Timon-St. Jude lacrosse team beat host St. John the Baptist of Long Island, 20-4, in West Islip to capture its second consecutive Catholic state championship.
The junior attack ended the season with 129 goals, the New York State record for goals in a season. Coach Mike Burke said Fields can score in every way imaginable: coming off picks, from behind his back, off ground balls, in transition and off broken plays. “You give him an inch, and he can score,” Burke said.
Field has verbally committed to Division I Albany. JD Recor, who has signed with Marist, had six assists while Layne Collins added three.
The Tigers jumped to a 7-1 lead in the first quarter and added to it the rest of the way. Junior Sam Watts dominated on faceoffs while a defense, led mainly by four juniors, held St. John’s to two goals through the first three quarters.
Timon finished 17-4 with three of the losses coming to top 15 teams in the country. “We’re really rolling now. We wish it didn’t end,” said Burke. “We play a tough nonleague schedule and that really helps us get to the next level.”
Ditcher leads state golfers
Section VI placed two golfers in the top 10 as the New York State Championships concluded at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca.
Nolan Ditcher of Randolph tied for fifth place after shooting 76-76-152, five strokes behind the winner. David Berkun of Williamsville North tied for 10th with scores of 75-79-154. The Section VI team was fifth among the 11 sections.
Other WNY scores: Danny Weimer of Silver Creek 155, Wil Lockwood of Maple Grove 162, Aaron Schauger of Grand Island 162, Mark Lesinski of Williamsville North 163, Ben Reichert of Williamsville North 166, Joe Conti of Fredonia 172 and Mark Joslin of Hamburg 176.