Leading off today:
Corning senior and Stanford University recruit Jessica Lawson won the girls 3,000 meters race Thursday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
Lawson, the state indoor champ last month in the 1,500, finished in 9:37.63 to lead a parade of three New Yorkers in the top five. Amanda Vestri (Webster Thomas) was fourth in 9:50.13, followed by Katherine Lee (Shoreham-Wading River) in 9:50.64. Lawson's winning margin over Martha MacDonald of Toronto was more than four seconds.
In other Penn action, the North Rockland quartet of Villanova-bound senior Alex Harris, junior Sofia Housman and freshmen Haleigh Morales and Katelyn Tuohy ran 11:45.11 to win the Championship of America distance medley relay.
Tuohy anchored in 4:50.73 as North Rockland held off second Place Kokesville (Va.) Patriot, which got a spectacular 4:44 anchor from Rachel McArthur to rally from sixth place and finish in 11:51.46.
Saratoga placed fifth in 12:04.48.
No. 1 team loses: The state's top-ranked boys Class D lacrosse team fell from the unbeaten ranks as Syracuse CBA downed Westhill 9-6.
Patrick O'Brien paced 13th-ranked CBA with two goals and three assists. Alex Calkins contributed a hat trick and Matt Vavonese registered 12 saves.
"Going into the game, we hadn't had the chance to practice three days in a row. We had an opportunity to work on all those things and we just started to clean up things," CBA coach Ric Beardsley told Syracuse.com. "We were able to clean up those little things. I think the game could have went either way."
Ward Melville wins: Sophomore Dylan Pallonetti scored five goals and Dominic Pryor added three goals and three assists as No. 3 Ward Melville edged No. 4 Smithtown East 12-11 in a confrontation between state-ranked Class A teams in Suffolk County boys lacrosse.
Pallonetti's fifth goal gave Ward Melville an 11-8 lead with 8:43 remaining.
"He does not play like a sophomore," Ward Melville coach Jay Negus told Newsday. "He plays like a senior. He's got great eyes, a great shot and plays much bigger than he is."
The Patriots (9-0) are the only unbeaten Class A team left in Section 11.
Bobby Burns scored four goals for Smithtown East.
Big doubleheader in Sec. 5: Pittsford was center stage for Thursday lacrosse action in Section 5 as four highly regarded squads took part in a doubleheader.
The Brighton girls, ranked third in Class B, downed Class A No. 6 Pittsford 8-6 as freshman Katie Lederman led the way with three goals. Juniors Caroline Lederman and Katie Smolensky each had a goal and assist.
"Brighton is a really great team, so it gives us a lot of things to work on," Pittsford senior Caroline Cullinan told the Democrat and Chronicle. "They really exposed some of things that we're not good at. This can only make us better."
In the boys game, senior attack Zack Estabrooks scored four goals as two-time defending state champion Victor bounced back from its first loss in two years with a 6-3 win over Pittsford that was more decisive than the score indicated. The Blue Devils had seen their 50-game win streak snapped Sunday against Michigan powerhouse Brother Rice.
Victor stormed to a 3-0 lead on goals by Estabrooks, Alexander Mabbett and Mitch Cain in the first 5½ minutes.
"We lost to a good team, made some bad mistakes but we knew we could fix them and play a better game today," Victor junior goalie Chayse Ierlan said.