It isn’t often Section VI has a lacrosse athlete who plays his way into the national record book. This year there appears to be two.
Senior Zed Williams of Silver Creek and junior Connor Fields of Timon-St. Jude add national record holder to being named to the All-Western New York team.
Williams leaves with two marks: most goals in a career with a five-year total of 444 and career points with 589. He’s taking his considerable talent to the University of Virginia.
This spring, he had 95 goals and 77 assists as Silver Creek won the Section VI Class C title.
With the information available on laxpower.com, nfhs.com and espn.go.com, Fields’ 129 goals would be the most nationally in a single season. For his accomplishment, the attackman was cited in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd in a recent issue.
At the very least the 129 goals is a state and WNY record. The previous state record for goals in a season (108) has stood since 1986. The WNY mark (101) was set by Williams in 2010.
Orchard Park and Timon had three picks each on the 14-player team chosen by WNY coaches. Williams earned a spot for the fourth year in a row. Max Maxwell of Hamburg is a three-peat selection and Adam DiMillo of Timon-St. Jude a two-time choice.
Fields has a penchant for finding the net, any net. He also tied for the lead in hockey’s Section VI Federation with 23 goals.
“He is an exceptionally talented and gifted player and has a lot of players around him that are really unselfish,” said Timon-St. Jude coach Mike Burke. “His game is finishing. You’re lucky to have a kid of that skill who can capitalize, has a lot of guys who are looking for him also.”
Fields has given his verbal to nationally-ranked Albany, which beat NCAA finalist Syracuse this spring, 16-15, in double overtime.
The talented Tigers earned national recognition on their way to a 17-4 record and a state Catholic title. They flirted most of the season with being ranked among the top 20 teams in the country by the Nike/US Lacrosse national poll.
The Tigers won a state title with a 20-4 rout at Long Island’s St. John the Baptist. Timon also beat Hamburg, 17-10, Ithaca, and teams from Florida, Ohio and Illinois.
DiMillo and Marist-bound J.D. Recor joined Fields on All-WNY. Recor finished with 135 points. Tigers’ goalie Jackson Brown is ticketed for Hobart of the ECAC, which upset Syracuse, 13-12. Brown is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year in the Monsignor Martin Association and last fall was named an All-WNY linebacker in football.
Hamburg reached the state final four in Class B where it was eliminated by Jamesville-Dewitt. The Bulldogs are represented on All-WNY by Maxwell, Christian Hollfelder and Nick Wilcox. Hamburg led WNY in wins with 18 and was ranked No. 1 locally in the final laxpower.com poll.
Orchard Park made it 21 Section VI Class A titles in the last 23 years. An overtime loss to Penfield ended their season in the Far West Regionals. Three seniors earned top honors: Nick Bammel, John Januszkiewicz and Mitch Wilson.
Scott Moore of East Aurora was named the Coach of the Year in WNY. Brad Dietsch of Clarence was the Man of the Year. Cam MacDonald of Williamsville North was named the winner of the Bob Scott Award.
Borrelli is July 1
The fifth Tom Borrelli Memorial Award Golf Tournament presented by the Buffalo Bandits will be July 1 at Holland Hills.
The tournament is a 10 a.m. shotgun scramble and the $100 cost includes golf, cart, lunch at the turn, dinner, one-hour open bar and a souvenir gift. There will also be prizes, auctions, raffles and drawings.
Cost for dinner only, which includes the presentation of the boys and girls winners of the Borrelli Awards as the top senior high school lacrosse players in Western New York, is $25. To reserve a spot, email Bob DiCesare at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in just making a donation to the scholarship fund or purchasing an ad in the event’s souvenir program can do so by contacting Keith McShea at email@example.com.