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Timon lacrosse's Fields breaks state single-season goal record

By Keith McShea

In a year of some big numbers put up in Western New York high school lacrosse, here is another one: 112 (and counting).

Bishop Timon-St. Jude junior Connor Fields broke the state record for goals in a season today with his six-goal effort in the Tigers' 20-1 home victory over Nichols in the Monsignor Martin Association semifinals. 

Fields surpassed the mark of 108, which was set by Billy Kurisko of Nanuet in 1986.

See the New York State list at

Fields, who committed to the University at Albany last fall, also had five assists while Lewis Vaccaro had four goals in today's game.

Timon has one more game locally with the possibility of another. The Tigers will meet St. Joe's -- which beat St. Francis, 14-11, today -- on Tuesday for the Monsignor Martin title (time and location to be announced). The Monsignor Martin champion will advance to the state Catholic championships downstate, against representative from Long Island or Westchester. 

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Fifth Tom Borrelli Memorial Golf Tournament July 1

By Keith McShea

The fifth Tom Borrelli Memorial Award Golf Tournament presented by the Buffalo Bandits will be held Monday, July 1 at Holland Hills. 

It is not only our annual major fundraiser for the Borrelli Scholarship Fund but it is also the forum for the presentation of this year's awards. 

The Borrelli Award will be presented to the top senior boys player and top senior girls player in Western New York. Last year's award went to Josh Babcock of Hamburg. Previous boys winners have been: Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park), Chris Kane (Bishop Timon-St. Jude) and Brian Sullivan (Bishop Timon-St. Jude)..

It is the third year for the girls award. Spring Sanders of Nichols won last year, following Julia Suriani of West Seneca East.

Last year, the "Ox" Awards were added -- again, one to a boy player and one to a girl player. The "Ox" Awards go to a player that displays the talent, versatility, hard work, dedication and toughness displayed by Tom Borrelli -- whose nickname was "Ox" -- in his work as a reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. Last year's first recipients were Nate Gowen (Amherst) and Amanda Obenshain (Hamburg).

Coaches and lacrosse fans: Your nominations for the top senior players as well as for the "Ox" Awards should be sent to Nominations can be sent in now; the latest we will accept them is Monday, June 10 (the first Monday after the end of the high school lacrosse season).

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The awards are our way of honoring our late coworker and friend Tom Borrelli, who was a fan of all high school sports, particularly lacrosse. He was an award-winning reporter as he covered the Bandits of the National Lacrosse League; the league gives out a media award named after Borrelli.

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Wednesday Evening Live with your #preptalkscores: OP boys lax wins big at Silver Creek; Timon routs Canisius

By Keith McShea

I'm heading out to catch some boys lacrosse action as I gather info for a Scholastic Spotlight story next week. Two great matchups today: Perennial power Orchard Park travels to Silver Creek at 5 while Canisius plays at Bishop Timon-St. Jude's Fitzpatrick Field on Tifft St. at 7 p.m. I'm going to try and hit at least part of both. 

No matter what sport you are watching, be sure to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalkscores. Those tweets will automatically appear in the live blog below. I've also piped in @OrchParkSports for OP-Silver Creek updates: 

St. Joe's lacrosse scores huge win over Timon in hugely controversial finish (with video of non-goal/goal)

By Keith McShea

St. Joe's lacrosse recorded a tremendous victory today. 

But there is a tremendous amount of controversy about the finish. 

St. Joe's beat longtime Monsignor Martin power Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 13-12, in two overtime Monday afternoon at St. Joe's. The loss ended 49-game win streak for Timon in Monsignor Martin regular season games. The Tigers' last loss was to St. Francis on May 19, 2007.

Junior James Bassett scored 59 seconds into the second overtime after Timon thought it had won the game. 

I watched the live video feed via It's available here; the archived broadcast is not available yet but should be within the next 24 hours. I could not tell whether or not Timon's goal was actually a goal. Here's what I saw:

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Live from Section V's sweep of the boys lacrosse regionals (plus video highlights & interviews), and all of Saturday's #preptalkscores

I'll be spending the afternoon and evening at the Far West Regional boys lacrosse games championships at Hamburg High School.

While I'll have updates from those games, tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will also automatically show up in the live blog below. So if you are a game tonight and you're updating via Twitter, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll have periodic tweets updating these games at @KeithMcSheaBN, but most of my play-by-play updating will come in the live blog.

Check out today's full schedule on our scoreboard page, where you can check back throughout the evening for updated scores and highlights.

See you out at the games, in the blog and on the tweeter. :-)

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My story is here.

Here are some video highlights from the Class C game -- pretty cool ones at that, particularly the exciting endgame. It's either really cool, or really distracting -- but there are two play-by-plays going on with the Penn Yan radio coverage along with the Time Warner Cable broadcast. And yes, I'm kicking myself for missing Zed's game-tying record-breaker. Talk about a turnover/failed clear by me. Ugh. Chest-tap (my bad):

Some of the postgame show:

More quotes from postgame interviews:

Silver Creek junior Zed Williams:

"I'm disappointed -- I wanted to win it for the seniors.
"I saw time ticking down, and I had to take a shot, in case we missed we'd get another chance -- but he made a good save."

Orchard Park coach Gene Tundo:

"We just didn't have a whole lot of scoring opportunities. They slid fast and took away our [offense]. They're just good. Big defenders, a big goalie, we just never really got in a flow.

"We didn't clear the ball well. We had the ball 8 or 9 times where we just didn't get it in the offensive zone. They' played defense the whole length of the field -- they're a good team.

On OP's defense: "They did a great job , awesome. They played great. Our goalie [Taylor Ferrino} made some great saves. They got tired. You play that much defense, you get tired."

"We threw the ball away a couple of times clearing it, and on offense, and those extra possessions hurt you.

"We needed a little spark, and we just didn't get it. Their defense shut down any hope we had. They don't really have any weaknesses. Their attack is good, middies are good, there's not really a weakness. And they play a tougher schedule, too.

"I don't think we've ever been shut out. Never. I don't think we have."

Irondequoit senior Nick Doktor:

On difference of first & second halves: "I think we were a little antsy at first. We had a lot of bad turnovers, not taking care of the ball, and that allowed them to get off to a good start. They were capitalizing on our turnovers and our mistakes. That was a catalyst for them.  Another big problem in the first half was they were killing us on time of possession.

"We wanted to settle the ball down once we got it, and work our offense, and once we knew we could do that, we know we have a lot of offense, a lot of guys that can put the ball in the back of the net.  

On winning on Hamburg's home field: "They had a great crowd, it was a great atmosphere, and obviously they're very comfortable here playing on their home field. We battled and they battled and it was a great game.

On Hamburg pulling its goalie in a one-goal game with three minutes to play: "We were just trying to be patient. They have a lot of guys on offense -- they could have come back as easily as we did. We were just trying to keep it from them as long as we could."

Irondequoit coach Craig Whipple:

On playing on Hamburg's home field: "It was a difficult situation -- we couldn't do anything about it. We just knew that we would have to take care of our business to come out with a win. Was it a difficult scenario? It definitely was. But I'm proud that they were able to come out and captailize and adjust to being in this environment.

On the great second half: "I think they settled down. It was a hostlie environment, and once they settled down and knew they could play their style of lacrosse they came out and did that. That represented in goals, and then it represented in everything else on the field. As soon as everyone settled down and put a few in the back of the net, they understand all right, we're comfortable. The defense settles down, the next guy hustles a bit harder and finds those ground balls and we're able to capitalize.

On Section V's sweep: "Definitely [pleased to complete the sweep]. You battle teams thoughout the year, but when you leave [the section], you want the guys around you to do well as well. So I'm excited about that.

On faceoffs: "It defintely changed the flow of the game. It enabled us to get back in there because we were seeing more poss on offense, and I thought if we were to see more possessions on offense, that we would establish goals, and once we get comfortable scoring , you thrive off of that and you build off of that.

On if Hamburg pulled its goalie too early -- with three minutes left in one-goal game: "Not necessarily.

"I think they respected the fact that our six guys on offense are really good ballhandlers. I think they respected the fact that we were going to be able to capitalize and maybe even put one more by them. I appreciate the fact that they went out swinging. They wanted the ball back. If they created a turnover , who knows, they could have went down there, got a goal and got the momeneum. I don't think it was necessarily too early for them. I think they knew we've been in a lot of tight games before this year [and were able to close them out]."

Hamburg coach Jerry Severino:

"We were supposed to end this game in a different way. We played a great first half, I was so happy with the way they were playing. We were really attempting not to have what happened in the second half. But Irondequoit was a great challenge. They took advantage of our mistakes. Honestly, we played our worst half at the most important time of the year. We played a pretty poor second half.

"When we get on a run like that [like Irondequoit did], we say it's like sharks when they sense blood in the water, and that's what happened. They had a sense that they could do what they did; and we weren't able to stop them. The ball bounced one way a couple of times. They were much better on the ground ball; they were better on the faceoff in the second half. we made some decisions that we we'd like to have back.

On pulling the goalie late in the game: "it's risky when you do that, but we were in a desperate situation and that's the way it goes.

On faceoffs: "We had an awful lot of trouble getting the ball at the faceoff 'X'. I rotated three or four guys in, but they gained probably three or four faceoffs for every two we got. Those kind of possessions are huge."

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Live from the Section VI boys lacrosse championships: OP, Hamburg, Silver Creek take titles (with video interviews)

I'll be spending the afternoon and evening at the Section VI boys lacrosse championships at All High Stadium.

While I'll have updates from those games, tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will also automatically show up in the live blog below. So if you are a game tonight and you're updating via Twitter, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll have periodic tweets updating the girls lacrosse finals at @KeithMcSheaBN, but most of my play-by-play updating will come in the live blog.

Check out today's full schedule on our scoreboard page, where you can check back throughout the evening for updated scores and highlights.

See you out at the games, in the blog and on the tweeter. :-)

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 The postgame show:

Orchard Park seniors Dan Murphy and Ben Johnson and coach Gene Tundo:

Hamburg coach Jerry Severino, junior Max Maxwell and senior Ryan Jurek:

Silver Creek junior Zed Williams and coach Bill Brennan:

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Super Tuesday: Lancaster, Hamburg and Amherst win girls lax titles (with video & photos), plus many other #preptalkscores

Class A champion Lancaster (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Class B champion Hamburg (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
Class C champion Amherst. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
It is a Super Tuesday in high school sports today with major matchups and championships in baseball, softball, boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse. If you are at a game and getting your Tweeter on, make sure to tweet to #preptalkscores.

I'll be spending the afternoon and evening at the Section VI girls lacrosse championships at All High Stadium. We'll also have reporters at the Monsignor Martin boys lacrosse championship and the Georgetown Cup baseball semifinals. 

While I'll have updates from those games, tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will also automatically show up in the live blog below. So if you are a game tonight and you're updating via Twitter, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll have periodic tweets updating the girls lacrosse finals at @KeithMcSheaBN, but most of my play-by-play updating will come in the live blog.

Check out today's full schedule on our scoreboard page, where you can check back throughout the evening for updated scores and highlights.

See you out at the games, in the blog and on the tweeter. :-)

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Note: Super Tuesday is so super-full of high school playoff action that we're covering, that my Prep Talk column & the Power 10 will appear in Friday's paper instead of its traditional Wednesday. That actually will be a better fit for the Power 10 since the pool of teams will be whittled down by then. 

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Postgame show from the Section VI girls lacrosse championships: 

Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri, sophomore Allie Stewart and junior goalie Karli Pawlak:

Hamburg coach Katy Ryan and senior Amanda Obenshain:

Amherst coach Jodi Battaglia, senior Carly Martin, sophomore Grace Lawson and sophomore Emily Bitka:

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A later addition I overlooked on my phone originally -- because it's quote far away. It's video of Frontier's final possession in the A game, on which a free position was stopped by Emily Pawlak in the final seconds.

The best part about the clip is watching Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri on the far right of the Redskins' sideline. Early on a foul is called, and let's just say she's not thrilled -- then she ends up watching the final play by herself far down the sideline while coaching the defense.

(Be sure to blow up the video to full-screen for a better look.)

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Van Tine was all about others

On Sunday I helped in the preparation of the obit for an old friend, Ed Van Tine. Making sure the little details of this man’s big life were accurate was painful. How many awards he won seemed so trivial.

I also knew Ed would have none of it. I once tried to put together a list of his accomplishments to nominate him for the Lacrosse Hall of Fame and he was less than helpful. He wasn’t involved in coaching for the plaudits and he wanted no recognition.

Ed was one of the first friends I made after moving to Buffalo in 1983. I introduced myself because he had a “Loch Raven Lacrosse” bumper sticker on his truck. I grew up in Towson, Md., ground zero for lacrosse excellence in the 1960s and ‘70s, and Loch Raven Blvd. was about a mile from my house. Turns out we knew people in common.

 My appreciation for Ed transcends sports. We moved into a home that had an unfinished room at the back and it was October.  Winter was rushing in (and the Orioles were winning the World Series!) I could construct a story but building a room was beyond my abilities. Ed showed us how to removed a stone hearth, which didn’t meet fire code, and how to build a brick one on which we could place a wood stove. When we were slow laying the bricks on a Thanksgiving Day, he came over and quickly finished the job so we wouldn’t be late for turkey dinner. At his house.

 Some of my favorite moments were when Ed would complain about the sports section I worked for. He would say he didn’t care to read about the pros, guys that didn’t come from here. He cared about the kids, he wanted to read about the kids, the ones he coached and the ones others coached. I assured him that most people wanted to read about the Bills and the Sabres but he wasn’t dissuaded. When talking about a subject he cared about, his eyes blazed with passion; picture a blue-eyed Mike Singletary. And he was passionate about the kids. I loved to see that fire blaze.

 His wife always told us she never worried what he was doing when he wasn’t home. She knew he was on some field teaching anyone who would show up how to play lacrosse. He was a person who gave and gave and he did so despite not being in good health the entire time I knew him.

 He belongs in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame for building the game of lacrosse here from an afterthought to a mainstream sport. I also think he belongs in the national Hall of Fame because kids he coached and kids who learned from those he taught are making an impact on the college game.

 His memorial service will be at the Rich Products Atrium on March 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The place will be packed because he gave so much to so many, and it wasn’t all just about a sport.

-- Fletcher Doyle

Timon lax standout DiMillo verbally commits to Maryland

With each year, the recruiting clock seems to be getting set earlier and earlier. 

Bishop Timon-St. Jude sophomore Adam DiMillo, a lacrosse standout who is a member of the Class of 2014, verbally committed to the University of Maryland this week, Timon coach Mike Burke told The News.

DiMillo picked Maryland over other perennial powers in college lacrosse: Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, North Carolina and Notre Dame. He was a second-team All-Western New York pick as a freshman last season as Timon won the Monsignor Martin title and followed it up with a successful summer at recruiting events (check out more on those from Inside Lacrosse).   

DiMillo also earned All-WNY honorable mention in football this past season; he was a key part in Timon's resurgence before a suffering a broken arm that ended his year in a Week Eight win against Canisius

DiMillo is No. 6 on Inside Lacrosse's Top 20 Sophomore Watch List, which was released in October.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Tom Borrelli Memorial Award raffle drive in fourth quarter

We are in the fourth quarter of our selling of raffle tickets to raise money for the Tom Borrelli Award and Scholarship Fund.

The drawing will take place at Wednesday's third annual Tom Borrelli Memorial Golf Tournament at Holland Hills (participants do not need to be present to win).

TomborrelligolftornlogoThe Borrelli Awards -- this year we are awarding the top male and female senior lacrosse players -- will be handed out at the golf tournament. 

The boys winner, announced in today's News, is Brian Sullivan of Bishop Timon-St. Jude. The inaugural girls winner will be announced in Tuesday's News.

Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. A great lineup of prizes include:

* a Ryan Miller autographed goalie stick;

* a Jim Kelly autographed football; a Dan Marino autographed mini-helmet;

* a framed Masters print from Augusta National;

* a Buffalo Bills golf bag;

* and a $50 restaurant gift certificate. 

If you would like to purchase tickets, email me at Several people have bought tickets through me by ordering them via email and sending us a check.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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