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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.

More than 950 young men played on Varsity teams in 2018. The first games were played on March 22nd and the season ended with Victor in their fourth straight New York State Championship game on June 9th. The Section Five "Class D" title was, once again, earned by Penn Yan who, as a result, has won a total of twenty-three Section Five Championships. Also winning sectional titles were Penfield (Class A), Victor (Class B) and Geneva (Class C). Victor won their fourth Sectional title in a row but lost a heart-breaker in the NYS Championship game to Garden City in the last eight seconds. Penn Yan made the NYS finals but lost to a high skilled team from Pleasantville (Section 1). Geneva lost to West Seneca East (8-6) and Penfield lost to Lancaster (11-7) in the quarter finals.

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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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: The Eastridge Boys Modified team is is need of a coach. Interested candidates should contact Robert Crocetti, Athletic Director at Robert_Crocetti@eastiron.monroe.edu or 585-339-1490.


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


Greece is looking for a new Junior Varsity coach. For more information contact Head Coach Andy Hilton at  andyhilton21@gmail.com.


The Newark Central School District is looking for a Junior Varsity Coach for their Boys Lacrosse program.

If interested or for questions, contact Chris Corey, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, at Chris.Corey@NewarkCSD.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.

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Rochester Chapter Sponsors Level 1 Training


SweetlaxTHERE ARE STILL OPENINGS - Register Today

The Greater Rochester Chapter of US Lacrosse is, once again, offering Level I training. This time, the Level ONE Clinic will be held on March 10th at the Total Sports Experience facility (880 Elmgrove Road, Rochester, NY 14624) from 9:00 AM to Noon. The cost is $50.00 and you must be a member of US Lacrosse to register.


US Lax"The Level 1 clinic brings the Level 1 online course to life through hands-on training facilitated by US Lacrosse-certified trainers. The curriculum is designed to introduce coaches to the responsibilities and philosophies of coaching and how to provide a safe and athlete-centered environment that emphasizes positive growth and sportsmanship. You will acquire the tools to teach rules, basic individual skills and basic team concepts to beginning players of all ages. This baseline training is relevant for all lacrosse coaches, regardless of experience. Coaches must attend a Level 1 clinic to attain Level 1 certification."

More information and registration links for the Coaches Development Program can be found at the US Lacrosse web site.


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.


Cortland Offers Prospect Day

- CortlandSUNY Cortland is offering a Prospect Day on March 10th for players in the graduating classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Activities from registration through drills and scrimmage will run from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

More information is available on the poster or the website.


SportsFive.NET Offers Annual Clinic for Statisticians

- statisticiansKyle 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.

This is an opportunity to learn how to keep lacrosse statistics.

Last year, over fifty people signed up to learn about duties, definitions, mechanics and reporting.

The clinic is free, but registration is requested as materials will be created for the number attending. The clinic is open to the public, but each person should register FOR ONE (not both).

2019 Clinic for Statisticians

Date: Thursday, March 7th

Times: 6:00 PM ... OR ... 7:30 PM

Place: Pittsford Mendon High School (Room 101-102)

Registration Requested for 2019 Stats Clinic BOYS' CLINIC

Map:  Map Link

NOTE: A clinic for the Girls Program is also available. See GLaxFive.NET for details.


Ed Rowley ChoosesAlfred

- 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).


DT Benedict Moves to Brighton

- DT Benedict

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

Coach Benedict had three years with the Saints and earned a 44-28 record during that time. He was named Monroe County Division 3 Coach of the year in both 2015 and 2016.

The Penn Yan and Mercyhurst grad has worked with the SweetLax Lacrosse Club and has given numerous lacrosse clinics in the City of Rochester.

Brighton finished last year at 9-9 and although they lost some powerful players to graduation, including All American Brady McDermott (Yale), Coach Benedict will have Casey McDermott (Johns Hophins) amoung an number of others returning this spring.


Gates Chili Gets Cam Gormel as Head Coach

- Cam Gormel

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.

Coach Gormel is a product of the Gates Chili school district, having played three years on the Varsity as a midfielder until his graduation in 2010. He then went on to play at Keuka College where he eventually became a goalie.

After finishing his teaching credentials at SUNY Brockport, he worked at a number of schools before returning to Gates Chili.


Spencerport Sends Schmeer to Roberts

- Spencerport defensive/midfielder Riley Schmeer signed with Roberts Wesleyan on January 14th with family, friends, and coaches in attendance.

Riley plays defense and also plays midfield and is a face-off specialist for the Rangers. In college he hopes to major in Forensic Science.

Before choosing Roberts he also considered Nazareth and Alfred.

In the off-season Riley has played for the FCA Lacrosse team.

"I chose Roberts because of the great academic opportunities available to me. I knew I wanted to go to a small school, and the community feeling at Roberts is phenomenal."

Riley Schmeer


Sammy Thomolaris Signs NLI for Limestone

- Updated: Pittsford midfielder Sammy Thomolaris signed his National Letter of Intent for Linestone this afternoon with family and teammates in attendance.

Sammy Thomlaris_nli


Livonia-Avon Get New Head Coach

- Don ManardThe Livonia-Avon Lakers have a new Head Coach as Don Manard moves up from the Junior Varsity team.

A graduate of Irondequoit High School in 1999, Don was a four-year letter winner at Widener University as a goalie.

After graduation he played multiple seasons in the MLL, for the New Jersey Pride and San Francisco Dragons. He also played in the NALL for the Jacksonville Bullies and Baltimore Bombers.

His coaching positions have included: Assistant Coach and program goalie coach at Irondequoit, Junior Varsity coach and later, Varsity Assistant at Parkville High School (Maryland) and most recently as the Junior Varsity Head Coach at Livonia-Avon. In addition, he has coached for the Harvest Lacrosse Club.

A search is underway for Junior Varsity and Modified coaches. Interested applicants should contact Athletic Director Mark Kress at  MKress@Livoniacsd.org or Coach Manard at Dmanard25@gmail.com 


Billy Thomson Signs with Le Moyne

- Billy ThomsonWayne senior offensiveman, Billy Thomson recently signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his studies and play lacrosse at Le Moyne after graduation in June.

Billy has been a two-year first team all-Finger Lakes pick who will start his fourth year on the Eagle Varsity with 42g-34a. In the off season he has played for the Blaze Lacrosse Club.

A three-sport athlete, he also plays football, where he rushed for 945 yards this year, and basketball, where he helped Wayne win back-to-back Sectional titles and was named to the All-Tournament twice.

After considering St. Bonaventure, Billy made his choice, he says, because "Le Moyne has a great tradition and is always competing for a National Championship. The coaching staff is the top of D-2. This will help me improve and learn".

Billy Thomson NLI


Churchville-Chili Looking for Games

- C-CD.T. Benedict at Churchville-Chili is looking for two Varsity games. If interested contact him or Athletic Director, Mike Murray as follows:

Coach D.T. Benedict
AD Mike Murray


Gilliard and Forte Choose Alfred

- Greece CommitsThe Greece Storm will be sending two attackmen to Alfred University next fall. Trevor Gilliard and Paul Forte both announced their decision to attend and play for the Saxons after their graduate this spring.

Gilliard was named to the Monroe County D3 second team last year after posting 38g-19a and scoring in seventeen games in his junior year. He will start his senior year with a career record of 60g-33a.

Forte received first team honors in Monroe County D3 last year after posting s 34g-31a record. He scored in all eighteen games this season and will start his senior year with a record of 71g-48a.

The two will expect to play with a number of Section Five and Greece Alumni including Dalton McCumber (Greece), Zack Gibaud (Greece), Trevor Ess (Geneva), Joey Carra III (Schroeder), Jeremiah Kinner (Bath), Zach Landrigan (Canandaigua), Ben Cafolla (Mynderse), Ben Yonko (Thomas), Joe Fornataro (Greece) and Kyle Landrigan (Canandaigua).


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.


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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Endres Commits to Albany
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Victor junior face off midfielder Regan Endres has announced his commitment to play lacrosse at SUNY Albany after his graduation in 2020. Full Story

Coaching Clinic in Section Five
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Fairport High School will host this year's Upstate Lacrosse Coaches Clinic, which will be held on Sunday, January 27th. The clinic, sponsored by Graph-Tex, will feature four local standouts as speakers. This clinic should be of interest to any men's lacrosse coaches. Full Story

Rochester Chapter Sponsors Level 2 Training
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The Rochester chapter of US Lacrosse is, once again, offering an educational program for coaches of both the men's program and the women's program on Sunday, December 9th at Gates Chili High School. Full Story

The Ivy League Gets DiGiovanni
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Pittsford junior midfielder Ben DiGiovanni, has announced his commitment continue to study and to play lacrosse at Dartmouth College after his graduation in 2020. Full Story

Emmick Signs for St. Bonaventure
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Jacob Emmick signed his national letter of intent to study and play lacrosse at St. Bonaventure University in a signing event at Penfield High School yesterday. Full Story

Stevie Katz Signs for Hurst
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Stevie Katz signed his national letter of intent to study and play lacrosse at Mercyhurst University after graduation next spring. Full Story

Sonny Imburgia signs Binghamton NLI
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Sonny Imburgia  signed a national letter of intent for Binghmation University at a signing event at Pittsford yesterday. Full Story

Fingar and Petersen Sign for Albany
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Jack Petersen and Conner Fingar signed national letters of intent to study and play lacrosse at SUNY Albany after graduation next spring. Full Story

Jon Gaglio Signs for Wheeling Jesuit
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Jon Gaglio  signed a national letter of intent as he plans to study and play at Wheeling Jesuit (West Virginia). Full Story