Looking Ahead: Upstate Championships

- AwardsAt this point only the final four are left and in each class there are two teams in the Upstate Tournaments and two are in the Downstate Tournaments. As Wednesday is a school day, the games have been split with the Class A and Class B games being played in Rochester (St. John Fisher College) and the Class C and Class D being played in Syracuse (CNS). Downstate , Class B and Class B will be played at SUNY Albany and the Class C and Class D games will be played at Adelphi University. The winners will play for the State Championships on Saturday at St. John Fisher College (Rochester).

The order of the games is determined by the State Lacrosse Committee and changes each year. This year the order is A-B and C-D and that order will continue throughout the tournaments.

Due to construction on campus, the T lot has been designated for handicapped parking, please enter the campus at the East Entrance and the attendant will direct you to the appropriate lot.

Ticket Price for Wednesday is $8.00 (good for both games).


Baldwinsville vs Pittsford

St. John Fisher College at 4:00 PM

BVille vs PittsfordFirst up is the Class A game. Baldwinsville is currently at 14-6 is ranked sixth in Section 3 by Laxpower.com. Against Section Five teams they won two and lost to Webster Thomas (9-8). They beat Aquinas (17-2) and Irondequoit (17-5). After beating West Genesee for the Sectional Championships (9-8) the Bees defeated Ithaca (10-9) in the quarter finals.

AwardsOffensively the Bees have scored 239 goals (11.95/game) and have allowed 157 goals (7.85). Their leading scorer, senior attackman Ryan Gebhardt enters this game with 52g/14a. Junior midfielder Peter Fiorini had added 20g-40a and senior goalie Fran Delia has recorded 130 saves (58%) and has allowed 94 (8.0 ave.).

Pittsford is currently 18-1 after defeating Orchard Park (20-6) on Saturday. Nineteen players have made the offensive scorebook for the Panthers this year. They average twelve goals per game (and allow just over five). Leading the scoring is Ohio State bound senior midfielder Colby Barker who has 41g-24a. Other players with more than thirty points are junior John Mozrall (33g-20a), Sonny Imburgia (30g-14a), senior Brennan Mooney (38g-6a) and senior John Mozrall (33g-20a). Senior goalie Gavin Catalano has had the most time in the Panther goal and has 124 saves (60%). At face off, Patrick Sullivan has won 195 draws (58%).

Vestal vs Victor

St. John Fisher College at 6:30 PM

Vestal vs VictorThe Class B Champions from Vestal, made the final four by defeating East Syracuse-Minoa 13-9. They are currently ranked fourth in Section IV with a record of 17-2. The Golden Bears had losses against Ithaca (10-8) and Corning (10-7) and did not play any Section Five teams. They have scored 256 goals (14/game) while allowing 139 goals (8/game). It is the first trip to the final four for the Golden Bears.Victor is currently 17-3 after their 7-4 win against Hamburg on Saturday. Twenty players have made the offensive scorebook for the Blue Devils this year. They have scored 233 goals this year, averaging almost 12 goals per game while allowing only 5.6 goals against. Scoring comes from many directions. Andrew Russell (39g-13a) leads in goals and points and Sam Lambert leads in assists with 20g-30a), but seven players have recorded over twenty-five points, including Mitchell Cain (33g-14a) and Zach Estabrooks (30g-7a). In the cage is Chayse Ierlan, a 59% goalie with 149 saves.

Of course, everyone knows that the blue Devils have won two New York State Championships in the last two years. They have won a total of six Championships, including the last four in a row. The Blue Devils have never played Vestal.

Jamesville-DeWitt vs Pal-Mac

Cicero-North Syracuse HS at 4:00 PM

JD vs Pal-MacThe Class C Champions from Jamesville-DeWitt enter the final four with a record of 19-1, having won their quarter final game against Canton (Section X) by a score of 16-4. Ryan Archer lead his team with 66g-70a and a career total of 193g-144a. Griffin Cook has 79g-32a and Joe Kiesa has 57g-25a. The Red Rams enter the semifinals with a record of 20-1, having lost only to Yorktown (15-11) back in April. They previously beat Victor on May 13th in overtime (9-8) and Fairport (16-8). They have won the NYS five times, most recently, last year when they defeated Yorktown for the Class B crown.

AwardsPal-Mac won ticket to the final four on Saturday when they beat Grand Island (Section VI) 8-6. They are 18-2 having only lost to Brighton by one goal and Wayne by one goal. They have averaged 14.5 goals per game while allowing only 4.2 with senior goalie Jared Hurlbutt taking most of the time and averaging 63% saves. Offensively, the leader is senior attackman Brian Burger (68g-53a) who averages 6.5 points per game and has also scored in every game this season. Burger is, however, not the only threat as three others have over thirty goals each this season. James Blazey has 34g-11a, Kasey Gallina has 31g-18a and Joe Lyko has 36g-31a for the Red Raiders.

CBA vs Akron

Cicero-North Syracuse HS at 6:30 PM

CBA vs AkronChristian Brothers Academy from Section III will play Akron from Section VI in the upstate Championship. The Brothers are 16-5 having won the quarter final matchup with St. Lawrence (Section X)23-8.

Akron won their trip with a 10-9 double overtime win against Penn Yan last Saturday. Junior midfielder Owen Hill recorded 6g-2a in the game.