Three boys teams earn sectional titles - Catholic Courier
Aquinas lacrosse players Mike Messina (left) and Brendan Hall leap into the air to celebrate a goal during their 16-9 victory over Penn Yan in the Section 5 Class C championship game June 4. Aquinas lacrosse players Mike Messina (left) and Brendan Hall leap into the air to celebrate a goal during their 16-9 victory over Penn Yan in the Section 5 Class C championship game June 4.

Three boys teams earn sectional titles

Three boys’ teams from Catholic high schools in the diocese recently earned sectional sports titles, with two advancing to the state Final Four.

Aquinas Institute won its first-ever Section 5 Class C lacrosse championship with a 16-9 victory over Penn Yan in the final held June 4. The Little Irish then won 14-11 over Silver Creek of Section 6 in state Class C quarterfinal play on June 8, but their season was ended in the state semifinals by Corning East of Section 4, 7-6, on June 10. AQ posted a final record of 17-4.

McQuaid Jesuit’s baseball team captured the Section 5 Class AA crown by defeating Webster Thomas, 4-1, on June 3. The Knights then won their state qualifier over Penfield by a 7-5 count on June 5, followed by a 3-1 state Class AA quarterfinal win over Clarence of Section 6 on June 7. McQuaid bowed out in the state semifinals, falling 8-3 to Guilderland of Section 2 on June 12. The Knights’ final record was 20-6.

Geneva DeSales baseball earned the Section 5 Class D championship with a 7-3 win over Lima Christian on June 4. The Saints then lost 17-2 to Bolivar-Richburg in state Class D qualifier play on June 5, ending their season with a 13-10 record.

Also reaching sectional finals were two girls’ softball teams, Bishop Kearney and Geneva DeSales. A noteworthy softball season was turned in as well by Elmira Notre Dame which, despite not reaching its sectional final, had a standout year with a 20-2 record.

Aquinas lacrosse

The Little Irish cruised to an 8-2 halftime lead in their sectional title win over Penn Yan. The Mustangs crept to within 12-9 but could get no closer. Leading the Little Irish was Austin Gorman, who scored four goals. Aquinas was the No. 1 seed and Penn Yan, which had won 12 straight previous sectional titles, was seeded second.

AQ went on to a victory over Silver Creek in state quarterfinal play by scoring the game’s final three goals to break an 11-11 tie. That win put the Irish into the state semifinals, where they lost a one-goal heartbreaker to Corning East despite holding a 44-10 edge in shots.

McQuaid baseball

The Knights were seeded No. 3 in Section 5 Class AA and Webster Thomas was No. 4. McQuaid was led by the pitching of Nate Harris, who threw a four-hitter. They erased a 1-0 deficit by scoring three runs in the fifth inning.

McQuaid went eight innings to get its state-qualifier win over Penfield as Rob Macko singled in Chad Urlaub with the go-ahead run. In the state-quarterfinal win over Clarence, Steve Stoklosa threw five shutout innings for the victory and the Knights broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the sixth.

The Knights’ season finally ended with their five-run loss to Guilderland despite two hits and one RBI each from Urlaub and Pat Kazley.

DeSales baseball

The Saints were only seeded fifth in Section 5 Class D, but proved themselves the class of that division with their title-game win over No. 7 Lima Christian. Ben Maher led the victory by pitching a five-hitter and recording five strikeouts.

DeSales had reached the final by defeating No. 12 Scio and No. 4 Friendship, then upending top-seeded Northstar Christian Academy in the semifinals.

The Saints were overwhelmed by Bolivar-Richburg in the Class D state qualifier, surrendering nine runs in the second inning and five more in the fourth.

More highlights

Bishop Kearney softball, seeded fourth in Section 5 Class B2, reached the final with a 6-1 win over top-seeded Wayland-Cohocton on June 1 as Betsy Clark pitched a two-hitter and recorded 11 strikeouts. However, Kearney’s season was stopped with a 7-3 loss to No. 2 Mynderse Academy in the title game on June 3 despite two hits each from Clark and Jessica Filipello. BK’s final record was 12-10.

DeSales softball, seeded No. 3 in Section 5 Class D, scored a 7-4 semifinal victory over No. 2 Whitesville on June 1 as Anna Liberatore and Emily Roulan had three hits each. The Saints were eliminated in the final on June 3 by top-seeded Northstar Christian Academy, 6-3, surrendering all of their runs in the fifth inning. DeSales finished up with a 13-9 record.

Elmira Notre Dame girls’ softball was dominant throughout the regular season, earning the No. 1 seed in the Section 4 Class C tournament. But the Crusaders were upended in the semifinal round by No. 4 Greene, 1-0, on June 3. Olivia May pitched a four-hitter and struck out 16.

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