McQuaid, Victor, Fairport, Penn Yan win lacrosse sectional titles

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Boys Lacrosse

Class A Championship: (1) McQuaid 6, (2) Penfield 4

McQuaid scored all four second-half goals to rally and win the program’s first-ever sectional title at St. John Fisher on Tuesday. 

Christian Brown and Adam Schembri got Penfield off to a 2-0 lead early, but the Knights got the next two goals from J.P. Gianforti and Will DiMarco to knot the game at two. 

Ethan Aust restored the Penfield lead in the final minute of the first quarter and Schembri scored again to double it five minutes into the second. The Patriots took a 4-2 advantage to halftime, but would never score again. 

Will Engle closed McQuaid to 4-3 less than four minutes into the third quarter and Ryan Woodard equalized on the man-up less than four minutes later. Dominic Giangreco fired a low laser to give McQuaid their first lead of the game late in the third. Vincenzo Giangreco provided some insurance with the only goal of the fourth quarter. 

Penfield could not get the offense going in the second half. The Patriots had an early fourth-quarter man-up, but could not even get a shot off. A late fourth-quarter man-up resulted in two shots that missed the net and a turnover. 

John Harding assisted on two of the McQuaid goals and ended up the only Jesuit Knight with two points. Schembri led all scorers with two goals and a helper. 

McQuaid (17-2) advances to Saturday’s state quarterfinal against the Class A champ from Section VI in Buffalo. Faceoff will be at 11 a.m. at Williamsville East High School. 

Penfield closes their season at 12-7. 

Class B Championship: (1) Victor 9, (2) Irondequoit 6

A second-half surge powered Victor to their second straight sectional title.

The two teams were tied at 4 at the half. The score stayed that way for more than ten minutes until Brody Secker found some space and fired in a goal to make it 5-4.

Victor scored two quick goals to open the fourth quarter as Christian Besaw and Jackson Mead netted goals to push the lead to 7-4.

However, the Eagles fought back. Cooper Moore muscled his way in front of the net to cut the lead to two, then with three minutes to play Oliver Grisdale ripped one in to make it 7-6.

But Jack Herendeen came up clutch for Victor with less than two minutes to play. He pump-faked then swung a behind-the-back shot in to give the Blue Devils the insurance goal that they needed. He added an open-netter to make the final score 9-6.

Behind-the-back goals are cool.
Behind-the-back goals to clinch a sectional title are cooler.@JackHerendeen2 secured @VictorLacrosse‘s second straight sectional title as @VictorBLDevils took down Irondequoit 9-6. @SecVAthletics @SecVBoysLax @PrimetimeBall_ @News_8 pic.twitter.com/wnNs2IuTSI

— AJ Feldman (@AJFeldmanTV) May 29, 2024

Victor (16-3) will play Niagara Wheatfield on Saturday, June 1st at Williamsville East High School at 1 p.m.

Irondequoit ends their season with a 15-4 record and their second loss in the title game in the last three seasons.

Girls Lacrosse

Class A Championship: (3) Fairport 9, (4) Pittsford 4

Reese Fuenfstueck, Camryn DuBose, and Meghan Areserio all scored twice leading Fairport to their second straight sectional championship.

Despite an occasional rain at Finger Lakes Community College Tuesday night, the Red Raiders outscored Pittsford 4-0 in the second quarter to take control of a tight game.  

The Panthers bracketed halftime with goals from Annika Hezel and Dani Mooney and sliced the Fairport lead to 6-3, but Pittsford never truly threatened. 

Brenna Gross answered from the free position for Fairport late in the third quarter. Ella Peers and Fuenfstueck scored in the fourth quarter to seal the win. 

Fairport (12-6) will host the Section VI Class A champion in the state quarterfinals on Saturday morning. Faceoff is set for 11 a.m. right back at Finger Lakes CC. 

Pittsford finished their season at 9-10. 

Class D Championship: (1) Penn Yan 11, (2) Pal-Mac 8

After previously not winning a sectional title since 2006, the Mustangs went back-to-back with a rainy victory against Pal-Mac.

Penn Yan led 5-3 in the second quarter until Pal-Mac answered with two straight goals to tie the game up at 5.

The Mustangs countered with a pair of goals of their own to move in front 7-5, but Brinn Castrechini scored for Pal-Mac just before halftime to make it a one-goal game at the break.

While Pal-Mac kept it close throughout the second half, the Mustangs never relinquished their lead. Penn Yan held Pal-Mac to just one goal in the third and fourth quarters.

Maihue Miranda-Wiltberger had a game-high four goals for the Mustangs. Bailey Cooper had three goals and two assists. Ruby Berry and Taylor Mullins each scored twice for Penn Yan.

Teagan Hudak, Jenna Santelli, and Castrechini each scored a pair of goals for Pal-Mac.

Penn Yan (16-3) has won their last eight games and will play Gowanda on Saturday, June 1st at 5 p.m. at Finger Lakes Community College.

Pal-Mac’s season ends with a 14-5 record.

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