Frontier, Lancaster advance
For the fourth straight year it will be Frontier and Lancaster meeting for the Class A girls lacrosse title.
Frontier won its semifinal game, 9-8, over Clarence while Lancaster defeated Orchard Park, 13-9.
Frontier only had the lead once, late in the second half. Jackie Dufresne scored with 6:28 left in the game as the Falcons came back from a 7-5 halftime deficit.
“We were down 4-1 at one time and to come back the way we did with a young team showed cool-headedness,” Frontier coach Tim Myslinski said. “I was happy about that. There was never any finger point. They were frustrated and I told them that they work just as hard as you do. Sometimes the ball bounces the other way. You can’t worry about the future or the past. Focus on the here and now and climb out one step at a time. They were getting a little frustrated but one goal at a time did it and they took a deep breath and focused.”
Dufresne finished with two goals while Lexie Rockey had three goals and two assists for Frontier (12-2).
But the real difference in the second half came on the defensive end as Frontier held Clarence to just one second-half goal.
“I think what happened is we realized we weren’t playing the game we were capable of,” Myslinski said. “Our defense was overstepping a lot. We settled down. We needed to play our game and be who we are. That helped us a lot.”
Lancaster was able to control the final eight minutes of the game to advance to its fourth straight Class A title game.
The two-time defending champions took a 2-0 lead but Orchard Park scored three quick goals to go up 3-2.
Early in the second half the game was tied, 6-6, when Lancaster started to gain control. They scored some quick goals to get some breathing room and then stalled out the final five minutes.
“We adjusted what we were doing on the draws and did a good job on the draw control,” coach Julie Buccieri said. “We gave ourselves better chances and when we got the opportunities we were taking good shots. It was a really good win for us.”
Lancaster (14-3) and Frontier will meet for the fourth straight year in the title game, scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday at All High Stadium.
Frontier won the first title with Lancaster winning the last two by one goal. The teams split the regular season.
“We’re excited and thankful for the opportunity,” Buccieri said. “It does bring out the best in both teams.”
Joy Thompson scored in overtime to give Williamsville North a 14-12 win over Williamsville East in the Class B semifinals. Katie Rupp scored six goals while Clare Ahern added four goals and an assist.
Will East upsets Amherst
With six runs in the sixth inning, No. 13 Williamsville East pulled away for an 11-1 win over fourth-seeded Amherst in a Class A prequarterfinal softball matchup.
Lauren Elliott drove in three runs on three hits with a double for the Flames (7-10), who had six extra base hits as a team.
Junior Arianna Wagar anchored the Flames in the circle, scattering six hits with nine strikeouts.
“She’s been pitching well over the last couple of weeks,” coach Chris Durr said. “Our record is not an indication of how good we can play.”
Williamsville East will meet West Seneca East after the Trojans edged Grand Island, 2-1.
In the fifth inning with runners on first and third, West Seneca East scored two runs on a misplayed bunt.
Eighth-grader Anilese Kelly scattered five hits with seven strikeouts.