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2015-05-27 / Sports

Red Devils advance to Class A boys lacrosse final

Clarence defeats Lockport, 15-2, earns 7th straight Class A title shot
by LEVI TRIMBLE
Reporter


Clarence’s Michael Adonnino avoids a check during the Red Devils’ 15-2 win over Lockport in a Section VI Class AA semifinal Thursday. 
Photo by Patrick McPartlandPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Clarence’s Michael Adonnino avoids a check during the Red Devils’ 15-2 win over Lockport in a Section VI Class AA semifinal Thursday. Photo by Patrick McPartlandPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The Red Devils boys lacrosse team is headed back to the championship game.

The team from Clarence High School defeated Niagara Frontier League opponent Lockport Thursday, earning a bid into the final round of the tournament to play Orchard Park for the seventh consecutive year.

Senior Nick Zimmerman led the Red devils in scoring, putting up three goals.

Josh Slowinski also had a strong game for the Red Devils, picking up eight ground balls, scoring two goals and winning eight of 11 faceoffs.

Tom Roth, Cole Burden and Nichael Adonnino all scored two goals apiece for Clarence.

Andy Avarello played strong in net, stopping seven of the nine shots he faced.

Clarence jumped off to an early lead which ended up being a 7-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Play slowed down from the offense heavy first quarter but Clarence had the Lions figured out and stopped them, allowing only one more goal throughout the game.

“We continued to win opportunities and keep them at an arms length away,” said Clarence coach Mike Silverstein. “Josh [Slowinski] dominated on faceoff for us. We were playing make-it take-it lacrosse. We would possess the ball well, finish chances, win the faceoff, and get another chance.”

The win was another one in the usual line for Clarence lacrosse and now they face a very familiar foe.

Clarence squared off Tuesday with Orchard Park in the seventh straight meeting of the two teams in the Section VI Class A lacrosse championships.

Clarence has only won one of the previous six matchups with that win coming in 2011.

In the most recent championship game, Orchard Park barely edged out Clarence, winning 10-9 to take home the crown.

Over the past six years, Silver- stein has noticed a trend and he needs his team to play strong in the opening quarter.

“When we lost to them we kind of laid an egg. It’s that slow start that hurts us,” said Silverstein.

A key to victory for Clarence would be Slowinski and his faceoff skills.

“We ask a ton out of Josh but one of his most important statlines is going to be faceoffs,” said Silverstein. “When we lost to them we only won 30 percent of the faceoffs. When we did beat them we were 60 percent.”

The teams played twice this season, and both teams managed one win against the other.

Silverstein hopes his lessons have taken hold on the team and that the team makes value out of all their hard work this season.

“Basically what I have been telling them is you have to value the work you put in. they have done a lot of work in the offseason,” said Silverstein. “Value your work ethic and make it purposeful. [Tuesday] is the day to seize the opportunity to make your work valuable.”

The teams played at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grand Island High School. Results for the game were not available at press time.

email: ltrimble@beenews.com

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