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Friday, May 8, 2015: What a day for lacrosse around the state

   Leading off today: Oh, what a day for lacrosse around the state.

   For starters, there were a pair of overtime games between state-ranked teams.

   A matchup of undefeated Section 5 teams lived up to expectations as Victor defeated Pittsford 10-9 in overtime Thursday. Drew Collins scored the game-winner for Victor, which trailed 5-3 at the half.

   Mike DeMarco led the Blue Devils with three goals, Ryan Maloney added two goals and three assists, and Jamie Trimboli added two goals and an assist. Brandon Barker and Owen Smith led Pittsford with three goals apiece.

   Pittsford is ranked fourth in the state in Class A and Victor is No. 2 in Class B.

   In a clash of CHSAA Class A powers that also went to overtime, 10th-ranked St. Anthony's edged No. 9 Chaminade 9-8 as Mike Laviano fed teammate Eamon Campbell in the slot for the winning goal.

   Chaminade had rallied from three goals down in the final 1:58 of regulation to tie.

   "Instant classic," St. Anthony's coach Keith Wieczorek told Newsday. "You can't give that team an inch. That comeback was absurd. That's a proud program."

   St. Anthony's had lost to Chaminade 11-10 on April 15.

   "It's always down to one goal when it's Chaminade and St. Anthony's," said Laviano, who had a goal and two assists.

   Speaking of overtime: Will Randell's second goal of the game gave Fordham Prep's boys a 6-5 win over Kellenberg in six overtimes.

   Milestone, Part 1: Gerard and Will Martirano scored five goals apiece for Kennedy Catholic in a 10-4 victory vs. Carmel, marking the 300th win for co-head coach Vin Savastano.

   Milestone, Parts 2a, 2b: Tucker Hine scored three times in reaching 200 career goals during Haldane's 15-11 boys win over Pawling..

   Molly Toolan scored five goals, including her 200th career goal, in Irvington's 16-9 triumph vs. Briarcliff.

   Milestone, Part 3: Minisink Valley senior Joe Sessa surpassed 500 points for his career with an eight-goal, four-assist performance while beating Washingtonville 16-8. The Yale recruit stands at 509 career points.

   Big baseball matchup: Smithtown East, ranked 14th in the state in Class AA this week, topped No. 13 Smithtown West 8-6.

   Winning pitcher Dominic Savino allowed two earned runs in five innings. Matt Milne went 2-for-2 with a walk and scored twice for Smithtown East (15-2), which scored five runs in the second inning to take a 5-2 lead.    Shawn Kelly's hard grounder drove in two runs and capped the rally. East added three runs in the fifth and took an 8-3 lead into the seventh.

   Sigh: No city in New York closes the barn door after the horses have escaped as often as Rochester does. Here's the latest such episode:

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   One of the complaints about Sahlen's Stadium that made it impossible for Rochester to retain the state football semifinals for the next two years was that the scoreboard is a mess -- and has been so for a couple of years. Multiple modules in the 300-panel video screen are malfunctioning, making replays annoying to watch.

   Now, hours after the Democrat and Chronicle did a story laying out some of the stadium's numerous problems but reporting City Hall didn't have money to replace the video board, Mayor Lovely Warren has submitted legislation to spend $350,000 on a replacement.

   Officials previously estimated the replacement cost at $250,000 to $300,000.

   File away for future reference: A formal proposal/vote doesn't seem to be imminent, but the NYSPHSAA's football committee has started talking about what it would take to add a sixth playoff class to deal with the disparity in size between the smallest and largest Class AA teams. If and when expansion happens, each of the six classes would have approximately 16-17 percent of the football playing schools.

   Extra points: This has absolutely nothing to do with sports, but it does illustrate why I refer to the reader comments sections beneath online news stories and various forums/message boards as intellectual cesspools. This woman charged with third-degree rape tried defending herself in the comments on a Facebook post about her crime and succeeded only in making her situation worse.

   Final thought: Prom season will be in high gear this weekend, with pleasant weather expected for much of the state. Let's please, please, please be careful out there and remember to act responsibly.

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