McQuaid boys, Victor girls claim state titles; Fairport girls, Victor boys fall short

By in Fairport NY News

Boys Lacrosse

Class A

McQuaid 8, Farmingdale (VIII) 7 F/OT

Entering Saturday, McQuaid Jesuit high school had 18 state championships across its’ entire athletics program. But none in lacrosse.

The Knights changed that this weekend with an unforgettable win capped off by Domenic Giangreco’s game-winner in overtime.

McQuaid jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead behind a pair of goals by AJ Quagrello. Farmingdale responded later in the frame to make it a 2-1 at the end of the first quarter.

The two teams battled back and forth the next 12 minutes of play. Vincenzo Giangreco tallied two scores in the second quarter including the tying goal to make it 4-4 into halftime.

The Knights notched the lone two goals of the third quarter after Eoin Meyer and JP Gianforti found the back of the net. Early in the fourth quarter, Will DiMarco off an assist from John Harding to increase the lead to three.

However, Farmingdale rattled off three straight goals to tie the game up and send it to overtime. With less than three minutes left in sudden death, Domenic Giangreco ripped a cross-body shot for the state title clinching score.

It was a historic season for McQuaid as they grabbed their first sectional and regional titles en route to the mountaintop.

Class B

South Side (VIII) 12, Victor 11 F/OT

The Blue Devils could not stave off a fourth quarter comeback from their Long Island foe as they fell in the Class B state final for the second straight year.

Victor led 9-5 entering the fourth quarter. But Farmingdale recorded five consecutive goals to take a 10-9 lead with 4:29 to play.

The Blue Devils quickly responded with a goal from Matt Langan. Then with 1:30 left on the clock, freshman Jackson Mead scored his second goal of the game to give Victor the one goal lead.

But in heartbreaking fashion, South Side’s Michael Aiello maneuvered his way to the net for the goal to tie it up with 0.8 seconds on the clock. Less than a minute into sudden overtime, Cole Dipietro scored to complete the Cyclones comeback.

Victor journey for their fifth state championship continues with their last coming in 2019.

Girls Lacrosse

Class A

Cicero-North Syracuse (III) 12, Fairport 8

The Red Raiders bid for back-to-back state titles fell short after CNS pulled away in the final frame.

Ella Peers’ goal with 15 seconds left in the third quarter tied the game up at 7 entering the fourth. But early in the fourth quarter, CNS rattled off three goals in 85 seconds which proved to be too much for Fairport to overcome.

Peers led the way for the Red Raiders with four scores and an assist. Katie Mallaber, Brenna Goss, and Ellie Miller also found the back of the net. Camryn DuBose scored one goal and added two helpers.

Fairport finished the season with a 14-7 record.

Class B

Victor 16, West Genesee (III) 8

The Victor girls lacrosse program is officially a dynasty. The Blue Devils secured their third consecutive state title to become the sixth program in NYSPHSAA to achieve that feat.

The girls program joined the boys lacrosse team as the only Victor athletics squads to three-peat state titles. The boys accomplished the feat with their 2015, 2016, and 2017 state championship teams.

The Blue Devils started fast as they opened up with a 6-2 after 12 minutes of action. Victor kept their foot on the gas in the second quarter as they led 10-4 into the break. The three-time state never trailed in the game.

Jennifer Haggerty took over as the Victor girls lacrosse head coach before the start of the season.

“It was big shoes to fill,” said Haggerty. “This meant everything to the girls. From the day I took this job, I followed their lead and worked on everything we needed to get here.”

Devin Livingston alongside her sister, Morgan, led Victor with four goals. Haggerty was complimentary of Devin after the game.

“She has the best lacrosse IQ I’ve seen of any athlete,” said Haggerty. “She’s amazing at the draw. She causes turnovers. She finds the back of the net and assists people. She means everything to me and the team.”

Devin finished the season with 86 goals. The most of any Class B girls lacrosse player in Section V.

“It means everything,” said Livingston. “These group of girls are like sisters to me. Leaving it all out there on the field with this group of seniors was truly a magical feeling. Going out as a three-time state champion, you couldn’t ask for a better ending.”

Devin Livingston will head to Maryland to play lacrosse next year.

“Leaving a legacy was our biggest dreams coming to Victor lacrosse. I think we left a pretty good legacy with three state championships. I hope the girls coming up and the underclassmen carry on that legacy that we built.”

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