Clarence boys rebound
Clarence bounced back from Tuesday’s boys lacrosse loss to Lancaster by downing Frontier, 11-5, in a Class A contest.
Josh Slowinski, Lex Oakes and Steve Weppner scored three goals for the Red Devils (11-3), who finish second in the division and earn a bye into the Section VI Class A semifinals.
“It was good to get a bounce-back win against a league opponent. For us our defense played well,” Clarence coach Mike Silverstein said.
Elsewhere, facing a Class A school didn’t slow down Akron’s sizzling offense. Western New York’s top scoring boys lacrosse team routed host Lancaster, 21-8, as Larson Sundown scored four times to highlight a 12-point game. Zak Hayes added six goals and an assist for the Tigers (12-2), last year’s Section VI Class C runner-up. Lancaster fell to 10-5.
Colin Greenway had a school-record nine assists and a goal, while Kyle Martinsen scored four times during Williamsville East’s 15-7 nonleague win over Amherst.
Chase Scanlan scored six goals, while Connor Gates and Billy Brooks each scored four to lead Silver Creek past Lew-Port, 18-6 in Class C play.
In other lacrosse news, with two Class A teams (West Seneca West and Lockport) slated to play a makeup Satruday that impacts playoff seeding, the Section VI Class A bracket won’t be unveiled until after that game.
The sectional prequarterfinal games for Class B and C will still begin today.
In Class B, No. 8 Sweet Home hosts No. 9 Williamsville South at 4 p.m., while No. 6 Williamsville North hosts No. 11 Grand Island and No. 7 Lake Shore hosts No. 10 North Tonawanda.
The higher seeds host the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
In Class C, No. 7 Gowanda hosts No. 10 Wilson and No. 8 Lew-Port hosts No. 9 Medina.
OP girls lax rolling
Orchard Park will enter the postseason with a little momentum as the Quakers defeated Hamburg 13-9 in a girls lacrosse contest involving Class A Division combatants.
Emily Markarian scored seven goals for Orchard Park, which lost earlier this season to Hamburg, 14-4. OP led 6-5 at halftime. Goaltender Megan Sarles finished with 12 saves for the Quakers, whose three-game winning streak includes victories over Clarence and the defending Section VI Class B champion Bulldogs. Hamburg played in Class A during the season but will drop down into the Class B bracket for the postseason tournament. Jill Ford finished with five goals for the Bulldogs.
In a nonleague showdown involving reigning Section VI champions, Class A champ Lancaster edged Class C’s Amherst, 9-7, at Dimp Wagner Field on Thursday night. Anna Orlando notched two goals and three assists, while Grace Gabriel added three goals for Lancaster (12-3), the top-ranked team in Western New York. Amherst is ranked fourth in WNY.
Lancaster continues its tuneup for the postseason with a Class A Division clash against defending Section VI Class B champion Hamburg at 5 p.m. today.
PrepTalk TV on the Web
Visit buffalonews.com to check out the latest episode of PrepTalk TV as the episode ties in with the Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards as the guests on the show are boys soccer Prep Talk Player of the Year Brandon Galanti of Frontier and girls soccer Prep Talk Player of the Year Carissima Cutrona. The Prep Talk Awards are on June 16.
News Sports Reporter Miguel Rodriguez also visits the show, discussing the decision to move the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament to Darien Lake as well as the selection of Nichols’ girls hockey team as the winter season Power 10 champion.