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2012-05-23 / Sports

Sweet Home girls lacrosse defeats NT, 12-1

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter


Sweet Home midfielder Kelsey Covel, left, battles her way around Williamsville East's Caroline Soh during the first half of the Lady Panthers’ 7-6 loss at home Monday, May 14. 
Photo by Nick LoVerde Sweet Home midfielder Kelsey Covel, left, battles her way around Williamsville East's Caroline Soh during the first half of the Lady Panthers’ 7-6 loss at home Monday, May 14. Photo by Nick LoVerde The Sweet Home girls lacrosse team outscored North Tonawanda, 8-0, in the first half and didn’t let up in the second half, beating the Lady Lumberjacks, 12-1, in a Section VI Class B prequarterfinal at home Thursday.

“We have not had a 50-minute effort in a few weeks, so I thought it was important that we did not let up,” Sweet Home coach James Ryan said.

Ryan said it was Sweet Home’s first postseason win in five years.

Sweet Home, seeded seventh, played a quarterfinal game at second seed Williamsville North Tuesday, but information about the game was unavailable before press time.

Kali Baird, Kelsey Covel, and Lauren Rao led the offense, Vicky Link was steady on defense, and Rachel Lama, Heather Titanic, Megan Barone, and Alyssa Strom limited NT’s chances to the outside.

Sweet Home was coming off a 7-6 loss to Williamsville East at home Monday, May 14 to conclude the regular season.

The Lady Panthers had a 5-3 lead at halftime.

“Losing was disappointing, but I thought it was a great test and lesson for our program going into playoffs,” Ryan said. “East was well-coached in the second half and they did all the little things right and we didn’t.”

Covel and Baird both scored three times and Katie Harding scored once.

Grace Curatola led East with three goals and an assist. Also scoring for East were Kara Marzo (two goals), Lauren DiDuro (goal, assist) and Emily Librock (goal).

Sweet Home’s eight seniors of Harding, Titanic, Barone, Lama, Baird, Covel, Victoria Link and Bri Bozeman were honored.

“They have been the foundation for our program for the last four years,” Ryan said. “The majority of the girls played at least three years of varsity and have developed our school’s reputation because of their hard work and commitment to getting better.”

Williamsville East

The eighth-seeded Lady Flames trailed eighth-seeded Iroquois, 9-8, at halftime, but rallied for a 14-11 Section VI Class B pre-quarterfinal win on the road Thursday.

“We came out of halftime on fire and really pressured Iroquois,” East coach Jennifer Courtney said. “They had a lot of caused turnovers during their transition due to our great pressure. Our defense played very well too.”

Grace Curatola scored three goals and added two assists to pace the East offense. Olivia Binfield and Brooks Melynk both scored three times, Lauren DiDuro and Caroline Soh both had two goals and an assist and Kara Marzo tacked on a goal and two assists. Emily Librock handed out two assists.

East traveled to top-seeded Hamburg for a Class B quarterfinal Tuesday, but information about the game was unavailable before press time.

Williamsville South

The Lady Billies won its 11th game of the season after defeating Niagara Falls, 16-3, at home Wednesday. South led, 9-2, at halftime.

Hannah Mong’s four goals and three assists and Alyssa Ferenczy’s four goals and an assist led a balanced South offense. Carolyn Hopkins (two goals, assist), Fiona Dargan (two goals, assist), Kara Pomeroy (two goals), Lisanne Sprague (goal, assist) and Maddie Meyer (goal) also contributed. Goalie Liz Hughes made 10 saves.

Prior to the game, South honored its 11 seniors.

South, seeded fourth in the Section VI Class B Tournament, hosted fifth-seed West Seneca East in a quarterfinal on Tuesday, but information about the game was unavailable before press time. The winner plays Hamburg or Williamsville East at 4:45 p.m. Thursday. email: pnagy@beenews.com

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