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Saturday, June 7, 2014: West Genesee girls advance in marathon thriller

   Leading off today: Sophomore Lexie Meager scored the winning goal 47 seconds into the fifth overtime Friday as West Genesee defeated Pittsford 10-9 in the NYSPHSAA girls Class A lacrosse semifinals Friday in Cortland.

   Meager took a feed from Riley Donahue coming down the slot and fired just inside the right post for her only goal of the game to advance the Wildcats to the title game vs. West Islip after West Genesee and Pittsford battled through four scoreless, three-minute OTs.

   "I was just going to try and take it," Donahue said. "I saw a lane created. They had played great defense. They came and doubled me and then I saw Lexie Meager was cutting and just at the right time, I tried to swing it to her."

   Taylor Collins finished with three goals to pace the Wildcats and Donahue had a goal and four assists. West Genesee gave up a four-goal lead in the second half and survived by scoring with :29 left in the second overtime to send the game into sudden death.

   The first two OTs are played to conclusion. Pittsford scored on a free position shot in the first overtime, and Hannah Elmer countered with :29 left in the second overtime.

   "We live for one day," West Genesee coach Bob Elmer told The Post-Standard.

   Perfect: Clarence senior Katrina Buczkowski threw her first perfect game to lift Clarence to a 5-0 victory over Brockport in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA quarterfinals at Niagara-Wheatfield.

   Buczkowski struck out 13 and did not allow a ball to leave the infield. She also drove in a run during the Red Devils' five-run sixth inning against Brockport pitcher Julia DiMartino, who was named Gatorade's New York player of the year.

   "I've never felt this good in my entire life," Buczkowski told The Buffalo News. "It was a huge, huge team effort. ... Even though I can pitch a perfect game, that doesn't put runs on the board. We worked so hard, so hard. We're going to do everything we can to get to that championship."

   Buczkowski struck out the first eight batters she faced and 11 of the first 12.

   No hits? No problem: Pierson-Bridgehampton was unable to solve Friends Academy pitcher Matt Feinstein, who threw a no-hitter, but still walked away with a 1-0 victory in the first round of the NYSPHSAA Class C baseball tournament.

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       Aaron Schiavoni's sacrifice fly scored Johnny Chisholm, who led off the game with a walk.

       "The only thing I can say is there's room for improvement," Feinstein, who started for the first time after sitting out last month with a broken left hand, told MSG Varsity. "I could have held them maybe. They played some smart baseball."

       Pierson-Bridgehampton right-hander Nick Kruel pitched a five-hitter to advance his team to the state quarterfinals vs. Haldane.

       A distance triple: Corning freshman Jessica Lawson won the 3,000 meters at the NYSPHSAA state track and field meet at Cicero-North Syracuse in 9:41.55 on Friday to haul down her third state distance championship of the school year.

       Lawson previously won titles in cross country and indoor track and field.

       "I can't believe it," Lawson told The Leader. "I'm just starting to understand that I won cross country and indoor. Now this -- it's amazing."

       Lawson finished nearly five seconds ahead of second-place finisher Bella Burda of Arlington and 10 seconds ahead of Katie Lembo of Penfield. Lawson and Burda finished in the same order in the indoor 3,000 in March.

       Extra points: Sandy Creek softball coach Bill Fowler will step back a notch and handle the modified program next spring, he told The Post-Standard after a 2-1 loss to Elmira Heights Edison in the NYSPHSAA Class C tournament. Fowler was 293-40 in 16 seasons.

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