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Sunday, April 24, 2016: Pittsford boys top Cazenovia in lacrosse

   Leading off today: Jon Perotto scored three goals in an 11-minute span late in the first half to propel Pittsford to an 11-7 boys lacrosse victory Saturday between ranked upstate team.

   Perotto leads the Panthers, ranked sixth in the state in Class A, with 26 goals and 35 points this spring. Cazenovia is ranked third in Class C.

   Colby Barker scored one goal and had three assists for Pittsford, which led 11-1 with 10 minutes to play.

   More boys lacrosse: One of the attractions of boys lacrosse is the penchant that top teams have for using their non-league games to schedule other powerful squads. It explains in part the records of some teams at or near .500 are so deceptive.

   Yorktown, Chaminade and Webster Thomas are among those teams.

   Brendon Luu won 11 of 16 faceoffs to help Chaminade down Yorktown 8-4. Luu won three of four first-quarter faceoffs to help stake Chaminade, ranked 21st in Class A, to a 3-1 lead and Regan Quinn tallied twice in the third quarter as the Flyers improved to 7-4.

   Chaminade is 7-6 since 2004 vs. Yorktown, ranked fifth in Class B this week.

   With a non-league schedule including Ward Melville and Manhasset, Chaminade has four losses to opponents with a combined 35-7 record. Yorktown fell to 6-4 with the losses to Darien and Ridgefield from Connecticut and Ward Melville before Saturday. The four losses are to teams that have gone 28-5.

   In Class B, Hamburg improved to 10-0 be beating Webster Thomas 16-13. Evan Hollfelder led the Bulldogs with five goals and an assist, and Brendan Ryan had two goals and three assists.

   "We lost to this team in our backyard last year, and it was a really good win," Hamburg coach Jerry Severino told The Buffalo News.

   Webster Thomas fell to 3-4, but its losses are to teams with a combined 27-1 record.

   An extra-long route to 1,000: Marv Matteson raised his combined victory total in a variety of varsity sports to 1,000 on Friday with a triumph that took so long that it could almost qualify as No. 1,001 as well.

   Iroquois went 13 innings to edge Sweet Home 4-3 in baseball. Brent Reid drove in the winning run.

   "I'm exhausted," Matteson said after the marathon win. "I hope the next thousand are easier."

   Following up: The Journal News followed up on last week's big track and field development with a story about Nanuet's 87-54 win over the Pearl River girls to snap the Pirates' winning streak at 193 meets since April 8, 1986.

   Three years ago, Nanuet also ended Pear River's run of sectional cross country championships at 33.

   Retired editor dies: Jim Riggs, retired sports editor of The Post-Journal in Jamestown, died Saturday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a 1-year battle with leukemia. He was 65.

   Riggs retired in 2014 after a career that spanned nearly 40 years.

   Visitors from across the pond: Bay Shore played host earlier this month to a girls lacrosse team from Kent, England.

   It's somewhat of a tradition, the fourth exchange

since 2000.

   "This trip will stay with me forever," Olivia Wyatt, 17, who plays defense for Walthamstow Hall, told MSG Varsity.

   The tradition began in 2000 when Bay Shore, then coached by Allison Pfeffer and her husband, John, invited a team from England for a series of lacrosse games. The idea was sparked by 1995 graduate Amanda Mazzarella, who starred was teaching and coaching in England.

   The British girls were awed by the size of Bay Shore High School (nearly 2,000 students, compared with 400 at their school) and the early passion for the sport.

   "Over here, the girls start at a much younger age and have much more developed skills than we do," Wyatt said. "It's crazy how different it is."

   Walthamstow Hall's trip has also included stops in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. After their stay in Bay Shore, they visited Ground Zero, saw the Statue of Liberty and attended the Broadway show "Wicked."

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