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2019 Season

Welcome to the home of Section Five Boys Lacrosse. For more than seventeen years we have provided information about games, players and events. It is fun to think that this site has been around longer than more of the seniors playing this season. It is also fun to find a good number of current Head Coaches who still have player pages on this web site. In the last few seasons we have served, each year, more than a million pages to more than sixty-thousand viewers from all over the country and many parts of the world. Thanks for your support.

Well over 900 student-athletes will be competing throughout the season which will culminate in the crowning of championships in each of the four classes at the end of May. The champions will then move on to the New York State tournaments which will end right here in Rochester when the NYS finals are held on June 8th. This will be the third straight year that we have hosted the tournaments (and 5th in total).

There are all kinds of information in the 2018 Wrap Up article. Also of interest are the Player Pages, the Leaders Page and the History Pages.

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The Season Opens with Livonia-Avon Win

- Thursday: DAY IN REVIEW: The 2019 season officially started with Brockport and Livonia-Avon playing the first game of the year and the only game of the day.

The game was evenly matched with each team taking control. The Lakers scored first about halfway through the first quarter but with sixteen seconds left the teams were tied at two. On the face off, The Lakers scored with eleven seconds left and the teams ended the quarter with Livonia-Avon up 3-2.

Brockport tied the game with eight minutes left in the half, but the Lakers came back with two more and led 5-3 with a minute and a half in the half. Thirty seconds later, the Blue Devils came back and the half ended with Livonia-Avon up 5-4.

The second half was very much like the first with the Lakers taking a lead, and Brockport coming back.

All three goalies had a good start, making exciting saves. Brockport goalie, Ed Rowley played the whole game for the Blue Devils and ended with sixteen saves (59%). The Lakers split time with Isaac Sweet playing three quarters (7s/6ga=54%) and Michael Germano playing the last quarter with six saves (67%).

Leading the offense for the Lakers was Junior midfielder Ryan Haugh with 2g-2a and for the Blue Devils was senior midfielder Matt Heyden with 1g-3a.

Brockport at Livonia-Avon

Game Results

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Lots of Coverage This Season

- Varsity Media As the scholastic lacrosse movement continues to grow, the opportunities for exposure also increase.

Varsity Media, a regional sports video production company, will be live streaming fifteen games this season (including three for the girls teams) on their YouTube Channel:

  • 3/28 - 7:00 PM - Pittsford at Victor
  • 4/4 - 7:00 PM - Hilton at Victor
  • 4/9 - 7:00 PM - Thomas at Victor
  • 4/10 - 6:00 PM -GIRLS Penfield at Pittsford
  • 4/11 - 7:00 PM - Schroeder at Thomas
  • 4/16 - 6:00 PM - GIRLS HFL at Pittsford
  • 4/20 - Noon - Kettle Moraine at Victor
  • 4/23 - 7:15 PM - Hilton at Schroeder
  • 4/25 - 7:15 PM - Pittsford at Irondequoit
  • 4/29 - 7:15 PM - GIRLS Brighton at Irondequoit
  • 4/30 - 7:00 PM - Hilton at Pittsford
  • 5/4 - 3:00 PM - Fayetteville-Manlius at Victor
  • 5/10 - 7:15 PM - Williamsville East at Hilton
  • 5/11 - 1:00 PM - Irondequoit at McQuaid Jesuit
  • 5/14 - 7:15 PM - Hilton at Irondequoit.

Chosen Spot RadioOf course, and as usual, Chosen Spot Radio will return again this season, providing radio coverage for many high school games including in March:

  • 3/22 - 5:00 PM - B-H at Mynderse
  • 3/27 - 3:30 PM - GIRLS Pal-Mac at Brighton
  • 3/28 - 5:00 PM - B-H at East United
  • 3/29 - 6:00 PM - Canandaigua at Pal-Mac
  • 3/30 - 2:00 PM - GIRLS Canandaigua at Skaneateles

The rest of the schedule can be seen at their website.


Canandaigua Debuts Braves Lacrosse Network

Braves Lacrosse NetworkIt is hard to believe, as it seems like it was just yesterday that the Canandaigua Braves capped a Cinderella season with the winning of the New York State Championship in 2009.

The season was chronicled in weekly video segments by the New Balance company after Canandaigua won a contest and was featured in "Season In the Balance". Little did the company know, when they selected the Braves that they create a fantastic ending with Canandaigua bringing home the New York State Class B Championship.

Braves Lacrosse NetworkThe program focused on the community and the players as will as the games won as they lost two of their first four games and they remained undefeated for the next twenty games in 2009 and ten more at the start of 2010. Episode 1 can be seen here and the first part of the last video can be seen here.

Perhaps, by way of celebration, or in an effort to remind the community of that achievement, the players, coaches and community decided this season to produce their own video series under the banner of BLN (Braves Lacrosse Nation). The "pilot" has already seen over a thousand views on YouTube.com and "Week one: The Grind" has over a thousand views in the first four days.


Rule Changes for 2019 Announced

- The NFHS Rules Committee has announced their list of rules changes for 2018 and have been approved by the FHHS Board of Directors. NFHS

Over a dozen changes have been made starting with three in the equipment section, three in the play of the game section, six in the personal foul section and four in the technical foul section.

Some of the interesting changes include:

    • Beginning in 2021 goalie chest protectors must meet NOCSAE safety standards.
    • A new definition of a shot which states that it must be made when the ball is parallel to or above the goal line extended. It also states that the shot can be from a stick or can be kicked or otherwise physically propelled.
    • A goal is not counted if, at the end of a period, under certain conditions.
    • The "over and back" rules has new definitions about what can happen on the center line.
    • There is a strengthening of the rules that relate to checking a player including the area of "blindsiding".
    • Contact with the head or neck not incurs a three-minute non-releasable foul and could result in an ejection.
    • A coach on the filed who obstructs play can receive an unsportsmanlike conduct foul.
    • There are definitions for holding that state what is and is not permissible.

The full press release is available here. You can also see information on the NFHSA website.


SportsFive Adds a New Community Forum

- Community Board

With the closing of the Laxpower.com web site by Active Sports Network last year, the lacrosse community lost another lax-oriented forum board.

The Section Five sub-board on Laxpower was a somewhat small, but active place where a number of knowledgeable fans were able to share their ideas, their observations and their hopes for the teams in the Section.

Unlike a few other boards representing other areas of the country, the comments of the Section Five board were civil, even when there were disagreements and it was a fun place to spend a few idle moments.

After lots of discussion, The SportsFive team has decided to open a board for local discussion. If the discussion is useful and positive, it could, one day, become yet another way for the Section Five lacrosse community to support each other.

The new area is available at https://sportsfive.net/phpbb311/

The first topics were posted today and ask for your thoughts on the future tournament champions. Who do you think will be the Champions in A,B,C and D?

You can always look through the comments and topics as they are added but in order to post your comments, or start a new topic, you will need to register. As always, we will only use your email address for legitimate purposes.


Job Openings at a Number of Schools

- WhistleUpdated: Honeoye Falls-Lima is in need of a modified head coach. Candidates should contact: Brian Donohue - Athletic Director at Brian.donohue@hflcsd.org or by calling 624-7070

 Spencerport has an opening for a Program Assistant Coach. Candidates should contact: John Pelin - Athletic Director at jpelin@spencerportschools.org

 Livonia-Avon is looking for JV and Modified coaches for their program. If interested, send resumes to Mark Kress at MKress@Livoniacsd.org and Don Manard Varsity Head Coach @ Dmanard25@gmail.com.


Fifty Years for Fairport Lacrosse

- In 1969 Fairport Lacrosse began their scholastic lacrosse journey with the formation of their first Varsity team.

So... 2019 is the 50th year and the Red Raiders will celebrate on May 10th and 11th with JV, Varsity and Alumni games.

More information is available at www.fairportlacrosse.com.

Fairport 50


UPrep Looking for JV Games

- UPrepUniversity Prep Charter School is looking for JV lacrosse games for the 2019 season.

Please contact Anthony Bianchi is interested at: anthony.bianchi@uprep.org.


Ed Rowley Chooses Alfred

- Ed RowleyBrockport senior goalie Ed Rowley has announced that his commitment to study and play lacrosse at Alfred next fall.

Rowley will start his senior season this spring with a record of 148 saves. He was a starting goalie last year for the Blue Devils and earned an honorable mention from the MC-DIII coaches.

Alfred University is an NCAA Division III school playing in the ECAC conference. They finished the 2018 season at 9-7 under Head Coach Jason Lockner. Current Section Five Alumni include Dalton McCumber (Greece), Zack Gibaud (Greece), Trevor Ess (Geneva), Joey Carra (Schroeder), Jeremiah Kinner (Bath), Zack Landrigan (Canandaigua), Ben Cafolla (Mynderse), Joe Fornataro (Greece) and Kyle Landrigan (Canandaigua).


Bernie Haims to Oswego

- Bernie HaimsBernie Haims recently announced that he will continue his education and play lacrosse at SUNY Oswego after his graduation this spring. The Pittsford defenseman will begin his second year on the Panther Varsity this spring.

Oswego is an NCAA Division III school playing in the SUNYAC conference who finished the 2018 season at 10-5 under Head Coach Drew Bezek. Current Section Five Alumni include Cooper Pieroni (Wayne), John Chapman (Canandaigua) and Cole Crawford (Wayne).


2018 Season Wrap Up

- Section Five lacrosse saw some changes in teams as Greece combined four schools into the Greece Storm and Livonia joined with Avon to form the Lakers. The Rochester city schools combined to form East United. With the changes and combinations, there were thirty-five teams and 942 players. Fairport carried the largest roster with forty players and Batavia had the smallest with sixteen. 

Penfield There were, once again, four classes for the sectional and NYS tournaments. Three of the four top seeded won their championships. Victor (#1) beat Thomas (#2) in two overtimes in Class B. In Class C Geneva (#1) defeated Wayne (#2) and in Class D, Penn Yan (#1) won their twenty-third title as they had a victory over Aquinas (#6). The Little Irish beat both Pal-Mac (#3) and Gananda (#2) in dramatic fashion to make the finals. In Class A, Penfield (#2) beat Fairport (#1) by a single goal (9-8) to win their first championship since 2013.

The first game of the season was played on March 22nd, when Bath defeated Notre Dame 16-3. The last regular season game was played when Fairport beat Corning 6-4. The 308 regular season games were played and helped to determine the league championships. In Monroe County it was Victor (MC1), Webster Thomas (MC2) and HF-L (MC3). Gananda was the Finger Lakes Champion and McQuaid Jesuit won the GRALL title.

Victor At the end of the year, the Section Five Head Coaches met to select post-season awards. The coaches selected their All League players. Then, after reviews of over thirty nominations, they selected six US Lacrosse All-Americans and six All-Academics. Named All-Americans were Reese Burek (Fairport), Trevor Ford (Thomas), Garrett Ruff (HF-L), Alexander Mabbett (Victor), Brady McDermott (Brighton) and Chayse Ierlan (Victor) who was named for the second time. Named US Lacrosse All-Academics were Jack Billitier (McQuaid), Mitchell Cain (Victor), Jacob Buck (Churchville-Chili), Austin Blumbergs (Penn Yan), Matt Hill (Thomas) and Erik Jakobsze (Schroeder).

The Monroe County Division 1 Player of the Year was Chayse IerlanBrady McDermott was the Division 2 Player of the Year. The Bob Scott nominees were Dan Taddeo (Penfield), Matt Hill (Thomas) and Garrett Ruff (HF-L). The Section Five and US Lacrosse Bob Scott Award winner was Dan Taddeo (Penfield).

Geneva The Finger Lakes Players of the Year were attackman Brett Cunningham (Gananda), midfielder Jake Gallina (Pal-Mac), defenseman Joe Camp (Wayne) and goalie Jake Drennen (Geneva). The Finger Lakes Player of the Year was defenseman Jake Drennen (Geneva).

The GRALL Player of the Year was attackman Jack Billitier (McQuaid).

East United (Class A), Canandaigua (Class B), Honeoye Falls-Lima (Class C) and Penn Yan (Class D) were awarded the Steve Morgan Sportsmanship Awards by the Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association.

After the regular season, there are several championship opportunities for teams that qualify. Penfield (Class A), Victor (Class B), Geneva (Class C) and Penn Yan (Class D) were the Sectional Champions in 2018.

Penn Yan All Tournament teams were selected for each Class. The MVPs for A, B, C and D were Jack Cummings (Penfield), Sam Lambert (Victor), Sam Miller (Geneva) and Connor Fingar (Penn Yan).

The SportsFive Players of the Year were Trevor Ford (Thomas) in offense and Chayse Ierlan (Victor) in defense. The Sportsman of the Year was Corey Yunker (Churchville-Chili).

The final games of the year are the New York State Tournament. Section Five hosted two of the semifinals and all four Championship games at St. John Fisher College.

 In Class A, Penfield lost to Lancaster (Section 6), 11-7. In Class B, Victor beat Hamburg (Section 6) 15-3 and East Syracuse-Minoa (Section 3) to make it to their fourth straight finals, where despite an exciting comeback, lost in the last eight seconds to Garden City. In Class C, Geneva lost to West Seneca East  (Section 6), 8-6 and in Class D, Penn Yan beat Akron (Section 6) in overtime, 10-9. The Mustangs then defeated Chenango Forks (Section 4), 10-7, to make it to the championship round where they fell to an overpowering Pleasantville (Section 1).

At the end of the season sixty-four seniors have made college commitments. They will join the over three hundred and twenty players from Section Five who are currently playing at all college levels.


    Section V Tournament
Section Five Brackets
Mon - B/D Out brackets Tue - A/C Quarters
Wed - B/D Quarters Fri - A/C Semis
Sat - B/D Semis Tue - A/C Finals
Wed - B/D Finals All Tournament Teams
    NYS Tournaments
NYS 2018 Brackets Sat - Quarter finals
Wed - Semi finals Sat - Championships
    Year End Awards
All Americans/Academics Monroe County
Finger Lakes GRALL

AGR List

Players of the Week   Senior Game Players



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Kyle Barrett and Paul Wilson will once again offer a clinic for team statisticians. This year the clinic will be offered at the Pittsford Mendon High School. Full Story

DT Benedict Moves to Brighton
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Brighton has a new Head Coach as DT Benedict moves from Churchville-Chili to take over for Cory Holbrough. Full Story

Gates Chili Gets Cam Gormel as Head Coach
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The Gates Chili Spartans have a new Head Coach for the 2019 season, as Cam Gormel moves up from assistant to take over for Jake Johnson who will start working at the youth and modified programs, in a effort to build from the bottom up. Full Story

Spencerport Sends Schmeer to Roberts
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Sepencerport defensive/midfielder Riley Schmeer signed with Roberts Wesleyan on January 14th with family, friends, and coaches in attendance. Full Story

Sammy Thomolaris Signs NLI for Limestone
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Pittsford midfielder Sammy Thomolaris signed his National Letter of Intent for Linestone this afternoon with family and teammates in attendance. Full Story

Livonia-Avon Get New Head Coach
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The Livonia-Avon Lakes ahave a new Head Coach as Don Manard moves up from the Junior Varsity team. Full Story

Billy Thomson Signs with Le Moyne
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Wayne senior offensiveman, Billy Thomson recently signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his studies and play lacrosse at Le Monye after graduation in June. Full Story

Churchville-Chili Looking for Games
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D.T. Benedict at Churchville-Chili is looking for two Varsity games. If interested contact him or Athletic Director, Mike Murray as follows: Full Story