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Saturday, April 22, 2017: RCD's Regan sets single-game and career goals marks

   Leading off today: A monster day calling attention to a spectacular career wasn't enough to stave off defeat.

   Taylor Regan set school single-game and career scoring records during a 13-goal outburst Friday, but Rye Country Day still fell to Hackley 19-17 in girls lacrosse.

   Regan, a senior midfielder headed to the University of Virginia in the fall, raised her four-year total at RCD to 269 goals. Her 261st, on an eight-meter shot, broke the school mark set in 2015 by Julia Massaro, now playing for Stanford. And her actual career total is higher since Regan played for the Mamaroneck varsity as an eighth-grader.

   "I think she really is that good," coach Georgie Summers told The Journal News. "I've never seen a kid as all-around as talented as she is footwork- and stick-wise. She's the real deal."

   Hackley rallied from a 10-9 deficit at the half. The Hornets were led by LiliAnna Khosrowshahi's six goals and two assists. Leah Holmes finished with five goals and five assists.

   More girls lacrosse: Julia Alberici and Jessica Meneilly scored two goals apiece as Cicero-North Syracuse defeated West Genesee 8-6.

   C-NS is ranked fifth in Class A and West Genny 10th this week by the New York State Sportswriters Association. (Full rankings here.)    The host Wildcats closed to within 8-6 on goals by Mackenzie Baker and Cecilia Procopio, the last coming with 4:34 left, but Northstars goalie Lauren Gilbert shut down the threat the rest of the way with several big saves.

   Gilbert finished with 16 saves.

   "Any time we can beat them," said coach Lloyd Hamilton, "and we're one of the few that have been lucky enough to beat them, it's great; especially playing here. This is the hallowed ground."

   Big win for Patriots: Ward Melville raced to an early five-goal lead en route to a 10-7 boys lacrosse victory over host Smithtown West.

   Andrew Lockhart registered four goals and an assist as Ward Melville improved to 7-0. The Patriots are ranked third in Class A and Smithtown West fourth by the NYSSWA. (Full rankings here.)

   Slowing the pace resulted in Ward Melville twice receiving stall warnings early in the fourth quarter, but the Patriots responded with quick goals. Eddie Munoz connected from the top slot and Matt Grillo scored his second of the game on a low drive that made it 8-5. Lockhart and Zach Hobbes then capped a flurry of four goals in 3:29 to assure the outcome.

   "We executed well in the fourth quarter," Lockhart told Newsday. "We buckled down on defense. We like to play fast but play smart."

   Dan Riley had three goals for the Bulls, who dropped to 5-2.

   More boys lacrosse: Tucker O'Donnell's goal midway through the fourth quarter held up as the winner as Homer edged Syracuse CBA 12-11 to remain unbeaten this spring.

   Homer took its first lead of the day at 11-10 on a Vinny Basile goal (his fourth of the day) with :57 to play in the third quarter.


   Homer is ranked 10th in the state in Class C and CBA is seventh in Class D.

   Dante Yacavone added three goals and an assist to the victory.

   Softball: Jaimee Rodgers slugged three home runs and drove in five runs for Rush-Henrietta as the Royal Comets defeated Webster Schroeder 11-2 to improve to 5-0.

   Baseball: Kalani Zehr struck out 19 batters during a four-hitter as Lowville blanked Harrisville 7-0. Dillon Peebles belted a three-run home run for the Red Raiders, who also defeated Beaver River 7-0 as Jordan Arthur threw a five-hitter.

   Sectional mark set: Lansing's Emily Gallagher set a Section 4 record in the pole vault during the Bobcats Field Festival at Lansing. Her 12-3 vault was two inches better that the marks by Vestal's Camille Ginyard in 2010 and Kari Stromhaug in 2014.

   Gallagher also won the long jump at 15-10½.

   Marathon star dies: New Jersey high school coach Tom Fleming collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack while coaching his Montclair Kimberley Academy team at a meet Wednesday. He was 65.

   Fleming's athletic career included wins in the 1973 and 1975 New York City Marathons. He also finished second twice in the Boston Marathon, won the Jersey Shore Marathon three times and won in Cleveland, Washington D.C., Toronto and Los Angeles. He was enshrined in the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in Utica in 2014.

   Arrest made after threats: The FBI and South Burlington, Vt., police arrested an 18-year-old Friday in connection with a series of escalating death threats against school officials and students.

   Josiah Leach was taken into custody on a federal criminal complaint that accuses him of knowingly transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, city police Chief Trevor Whipple said.

   A threat in an email received Thursday referenced the decision to change the Rebel nickname at South Burlington High. "This could've been prevented from keeping the Rebel name. Now I'm gonna have to attack you all. I don't care for my own life as long as you're all dead!" the email read.

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