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2018-05-16 / Sports

East boys lacrosse beats South, wins Williamsville Cup for first time since 2014

PATRICK NAGY
Sports Reporter


Williamsville East’s Ryan Wikle, left, and Williamsville South’s Ethan Tong battle during the Flames’ 13-2 road win on May 7 to secure the Williamsville Cup for the first time since 2014. 
Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Williamsville East’s Ryan Wikle, left, and Williamsville South’s Ethan Tong battle during the Flames’ 13-2 road win on May 7 to secure the Williamsville Cup for the first time since 2014. Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com For the first time since 2014, the Williamsville Cup is returning to Paradise Road.

The Flames doused Williamsville South, 13-2, on May 7 to win the Williamsville Cup, signifying the best head-to-head regular-season records among East, South and Williamsville North.

“They were very excited, especially my seniors,” East coach Ed Greenway said. “To see the kids taking their picture with the Cup was really powerful to see. The kids played great, and it was a solid performance all of the way across.”

Joey Shifflet led the Flames’ offense with three goals and two assists. Joel Stoddard tacked on two goals and two assists.

Dom Piccillo scored three times. Jordan Polk, Evan Isenburg and Ryan Mitchell each had single tallies. Sam Melster tallied a goal and an assist. Ryan Wikle added a goal and two assists.

Goalie Joe Amici made 14 saves. Taylor Means grabbed seven ground balls.

East followed the South game up with an 11-8 road loss against Frontier on May 9.

Greenway said his team committed many turnovers that came back to hurt his team’s chances.

Mitchell and Wikle scored three goals each. Stoddard and Nick Arno each scored once. Piccillo chipped in two assists.

East closed out the week with an 8-7 home win against Lancaster on Friday.

“We played a whale of a game,” Greenway said. “We worked hard on defense. We had a chance to tie it in the last five seconds, but Ryan Mitchell had his stick lifted. We had a lot of shots prior to that and their goalie, Ben Mazur, made saves.”

Amici was equally up to the task, making 19 saves.

Wikle scored twice, Isenburg, Stoddard and Meltser each scored once, Piccillo had two goals and one assist, and Shifflet had two assists.

Greenway said Mearns, Isenburg, Frank Annunziata, Nick Davoli and Jack Valley played tremendous defense against a potent and talented offensive team in Lancaster.

East (10-5, 3-2) hosted North Tonawanda on Tuesday, but information about it was unavailable before The Bee went to press.

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