It’s not enough that Bishop Timon-St. Jude had the best player in Western New York on its roster. The Tigers arguably had the top two.
Seniors Adam DiMillo and Connor Fields closed the book on their impressive careers by being named to this year’s All Western New York team. DiMillo is a three-time pick while Fields has been chosen twice.
Giving the Tigers a third pick was goalie Tristan Dougherty, one of four juniors selected.
The Tigers’ run a high-caliber program with an equally high-caliber schedule.
They lost to Boys Latin of Maryland (18-0) and Culver Military Academy of Indiana (23-0), which finished ranked 1-2 in the final Nike National lacrosse Top 25. Timon’s other loss came to consensus North American top 10 school Hill Academy of Ontario – which the Tigers were 1-2 against.
Timon (14-5, 8-0) won the regular season and Monsignor Martin Association playoff titles.
Fields had four goals in the Tigers’ 14-7 victory over St. Joe’s in the playoff final at All High Stadium, while DiMillo had the overtime game-winner in the teams’ first meeting. Fields was the Monsignor Martin Offensive Player of Year. The Tigers finished ranked No. 7 in the New York State Sportswriters Association Class A poll, Orchard Park was No. 16.
As a junior Fields broke the national record for goals in a season with 129. He followed that up with 108 goals and 39 assists this year. DiMillo is headed to Maryland in the fall, which reached the NCAA final four last month before losing to Notre Dame.
The 14-player team was chosen by a panel of area coaches. After Timon’s three picks, St. Joe’s, Niagara-Wheatfield, Clarence and Akron had two each.
Perhaps the best junior to make the team is midfielder Josh Slowinski of Clarence, who just committed to LeMoyne last week.
Named the Class A Player of Year, Slowinski broke 11 school records leading the Red Devils to a 13-5 finish. In the sectional final against Orchard Park he was in on eight points with six goals and two assists in a 10-9 loss. OP coach Gene Tundo told a media member at halftime the only way to slow him was with a triple-team.
His 56 goals were a record along with a gaudy 235 ground balls. “He really could perform in the big games,” said coach Mike Silverstein. “His work ethic is just insane. His ground balls prove how hard he works.”
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Vince Schiffert of Niagara-Wheatfield, who just completed his 10th season, was named the WNY Coach of the Year by his peers. The Falcons (13-5) reached the sectional finals in Class B for the second year in a row.
Orchard Park (Class A), Hamburg (Class B) and Akron (Class C) won Section VI titles.
Clarence split with OP this season, beating them during the regular season, 12-7, and losing the Class A final, 10-9.
The sectional title was the first in the history for Akron. OP’s was its 22nd in 24 years and Hamburg won its seventh in eight years. All three lost to Rochester opponents in the Far West Regionals.
Gary Sundown, an assistant coach at Akron was named the Man of the Year. The future bodes well for Akron as both of its All-WNY picks, Larson Sundown and Chaunce Hill, are juniors. Hill had three goals in the Tigers’ 17-15 win over No. 1 seed Salamanca in the sectional final.
Williamsville East coach Ed Greenway took over as Section VI chairman from John Faller of Sweet Home. Greenway’s son, Colin, was named All-WNY for the second year in a row. The Flames beat rival North twice this season to repeat as winners of the Williamsville Cup.
Zach Cole of Nichols, Blake Rickan of Williamsville East and Adam Killian of St. Joe’s were named Academic All-America by U.S. Lacrosse.
Jacob Kocic of Frontier was the winner of the Bob Scott award.