Timon rallies for OT win
For the second straight year, Bishop Timon-St. Jude and St. Joe’s wowed the lacrosse fans at Robert T. Scott Athletic Complex. This time, though, the Tigers came away with the dramatic overtime win, tying things with 11 seconds left and then winning it on Adam Dimillo’s third goal of the game, 12-11, in the Monsignor Martin Association.
St. Joe’s took an 11-10 lead with 30 seconds left on Peter Masters’ fourth goal of the game. Sam Watts controlled the ensuing draw for Timon, which set up for a final shot. Layne Collins got the ball, drove and fired a laser past the St. Joe’s goalie to force overtime. It was Collins’ second goal of the game.
Dimillo won it for the Tigers (7-3, 4-0) with just over a minute left.
“It was really a great game,” Timon coach Mike Burke said. “When you play at Joe’s, its a real battle. The crowd gets into it. They’ve got great athletes. It’s a real fight.”
Connor Fields had three goals and an assist for Timon, while Jake Giacobello, Neil Gardner, Watts and Nate Quinn added single tallies.
Eric Deakin made 13 saves for St. Joe’s (6-3, 2-1), which ended Timon’s 49-game league winning streak here last year with a dramatic and controversial 13-12 win in double overtime, a game in which the Tigers thought they had just scored and began celebrating only to see the Marauders go the other way and net the winner.
Sweet Home wins in 4 OTs
It was a quagmire on the natural grass field at St. Francis, but when it was all said and done Sweet Home wound up having the most fun playing in the mud as the Panthers earned a 10-9 nonleague boys lacrosse win in four overtimes over the Red Raiders.
Brock Prical’s transition goal with 1:08 left in the fourth golden-goal period finally ended this one. He scored off a feed from Mark Walker.
Jimmy Poreda made five saves in the overtimes for Sweet Home (5-5). Jon Phillips scored four goals for the Panthers.
O’Brien’s tosses no-no
To borrow the words of coach Mark Dalfonso, Griffin O’Brien “had a career game” Thursday.
The Lancaster junior dominated visiting Jamestown as he tossed a no-hitter and went 2 for 4 at the plate with three RBIs during a 7-0 victory in ECIC I baseball. O’Brien struck out five (all after the fourth inning), walked three and hit a batter to toss the first no-no during Dalfonso’s seven seasons as Lancaster coach.
“He got stronger as the game went along,” Dalfonso said. “His curveball came to him. He had five strikeouts and all of them came in innings five, six and seven.”
J.D. Andressen went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and three RBIs for Lancaster (9-2, 3-1).
In a nonleague clash between Class AA and A contenders, Class AA Orchard Park doubled up last year’s A sectional runner-up Hamburg, 6-3, as Dave Hollins hit a two-run homer, finished with two hits and drove in three runs for OP (7-0).
Kyle Crotty tossed a complete-game two-hitter to lead Springville (6-3, 4-1) to a 6-1 win at Lake Shore in ECIC III.
Hillis chooses Army
Orchard Park track and field’s Dawson Hillis will continue his career in college while serving his country as the senior signed a letter of intent to attend the United States Military Academy (Army) at West Point.
Hillis holds the Orchard Park record in the shot put (57 feet, 7 inches), breaking the mark recently that had been held by Craig Wolfley since 1975. Hillis placed eighth at the state indoor meet last winter.