Leading off today:
Defending NYSPHSAA champion Ward Melville
avenged its only regular-season loss Wednesday by dispatching Half Hollow Hills East 14-5 for the Section 11 boys Class A lacrosse championship.
Dylan Pallonetti scored five goals, Matt Grillo added three, faceoff specialist Mike Giaquinto won 18 of 23 draws and the Patriots walked away with their 26th Suffolk County championship.
Half Hollow Hills East defenseman Mike Gomez scored an unassisted goal early in the third quarter to pull within 7-5, but Ward Melville answered with the last four goals of the third quarter and all three in the fourth.
"When we're clicking like that on offense, there's no better feeling,” said Grillo, who has scored 59 goals this season. "We're not dodging to get a shot but we're dodging to get open and look for someone else. We shot it very well tonight."
More sectional 'A' finals: West Genesee earned retiring coach Mike Messere's 31st Section 3 championship by edging Fayetteville-Manlius 12-10 behind a Jack Howes hat trick to help offset five goals from F-M's Chris Lubrino.
Max Rosa and Howes scored 59 seconds apart late in the third quarter as West Genesee pulled ahead. F-M's Zach Van Valkenburgh won the opening faceoff of the fourth and tied the game at 8-8, but the Wildcats' Anthony Dattellas and Noah Sabatino countered 1:49 apart.
"It definitely means a lot for coach's last year," Howes said. "There's also 20-something seniors on this team. It's a whole team effort, and I'm just so proud of these guys."
• In Section 6, Brett Beetow scored two goals during the third quarter to put Lancaster ahead for good in a 12-9 win over Orchard Park, earning the Legends their first crown. Alex Reimer finished with three goals and three assists.
Orchard Park has won 25 of the previous 27 sectional large-school championships.
"We finally slayed the dragon," Legends coach David Mazur said. "We took our lumps two years ago. Last year we lost by two goals. This year we knew if we put a little time and effort into it we could catch them."
Close call for Victor: Alexander Mabbett scored on a feed from sophomore Joey Pezzimenti 1:59 into the second overtime as three-time reigning state champ Victor fought off Webster Thomas 10-9 in Section 5 Class B.
"Two overtimes? I've never been in a game crazier than that," said junior defenseman Sutton Boland.
Senior midfielder Tucker Hill opened the second half by winning a faceoff and taking it straight downfield for a goal and the lead was pushed to 7-3 on Anthony Pezzimenti's goal before Thomas began chipping away.
Nick Mabe's third goal of the game put the Titans ahead 9-8 with 3:31 left, but Mabbett struck with 1:43 left and Thomas came up empty in the final minute of regulation after winning the faceoff.
More Section 6 finals: Hamburg defeated Williamsville East 11-6, sparked by goals from Brett Chiodo and A.J. DeMarco in the final 35 seconds of the first half.
In Class C, West Seneca East rallied for an 11-10 victory over Eden for its first title. Shaun Dolac scored four goals and Colin Schmatz connected three times.