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Thursday, May 25, 2017: Northport girls lacrosse upsets Ward Melville

   Leading off today: Danielle Pavinelli scored netted the go-ahead goal with 13:36 remaining to help Northport upset Ward Melville 8-7 in the Section 11 girls Class A lacrosse semifinals Wednesday.

   Ward Melville is the state's top-ranked Class A team this week according to the New York State Sportswriters Association. Northport is ranked fifth.

   Emerson Cabrera scored four goals and tied the score at 6-6 with 13:57 left before giving Northport an 8-6 lead with 5:13 to go.

   Goalkeeper Claire Morris had six saves to help Northport advance to Tuesday's final vs. second-ranked Middle Country.

   Sounds familiar: The 2016 Utica Notre Dame baseball team finished the regular season with an 8-11 record but battled its way to the Section 3 Class C championship game.

   Now, the Jugglers are at it again. Seeded 18th in Class B, Notre Dame eliminated second-seeded Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 4-3.

   Senior lefty C.J. Tucker gave up three first-inning runs but held V-V-S to one hit the rest of the way. Two-out infield singles by Zack Brush and Pat Fitzgerald broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh, and Tucker finished with a three-hitter and six strikeouts.

   Notre Dame's victory avenged regular-season losses by scores of 12-0 and 15-6 to the Red Devils.

   Freshman hero: Freshman right fielder Ryan Brozovic's first home run of the season ended Game 2 of the best-of-three Section 4 Class A championship series as Maine-Endwell defeated Vestal 2-1 to force a decisive Game 3.

   Batting in the No. 9 spot in the order, Brozovic launched the first pitch from Vestal reliever Joe Iacovelli over the left-field fence to snap a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning.

   "It gets us to Game 3," M-E coach Gary Crooks told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. "That's the most important thing."

   The rubber match between the Southern Tier Athletic Conference rivals is Friday at Union-Endicott.

   Put on your rally caps: McQuaid fell behind by six runs in the top of the first but came back to defeat Victor 12-8 in a Section 5 Class AA baseball semifinal in Batavia.

   Sophomore pitcher Hunter Walsh, pulled after getting just one out in the first inning, returned to the mound in the second inning and pitched shutout ball the rest of the way.

   "He's been incredible all year," McQuaid coach Tony Fuller told the Democrat and Chronicle. "He was a little nervous, he's a sophomore, but he took a breather. I told him, 'If we were going to come back, he was going to give us our best chance.'"

   Tyler Griggs, who was 3-for-3, and Billy Kehrig, who went 2-for-3, each drove in three runs for the Knights.

   Squeezing by the top seed: Camden, seeded 12th, pushed ahead the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on a suicide squeeze from Kaleb Ciani and defeated top-seeded Jamesville-DeWitt 5-4 in a Section 3 Class A


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       Camden advances to the semifinals against second-seeded Whitesboro on Saturday. J-D moves to the loser's bracket to face New Hartford on Thursday in the double-elimination tournament.

       Perfection, again: Solvay senior Lauren Nichols threw a perfect game with 18 strikeouts, leading the Bearcats past Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 9-0 and into the Section 3 Class B quarterfinals.

       It was Nichols' third career perfect game and sixth no-hitter.

       Solvay moves on to a quarterfinal vs. Syracuse CBA.

       Section 5 upset: Boys lacrosse was slow to spread to the west side of the Genesee River in Monroe County before the turn of the century. Multiple schools now sponsor the sport but success stories have been rare thus far.

       That changed a bit Wednesday when Mike Miara made a save with less than 20 seconds to preserve Churchville-Chili's 15-14 upset of Webster Thomas, ranked ninth in the state, in a Class B quarterfinal.

       The Saints (7-11) took their first lead at 11-10.

       Jake Buck scored five goals and added four assists to lead C-C, and Austin Orengo added three goals. Nick Mabe had six goals and an assist for Webster Thomas.

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