Weekly Feature

2017-06-15 / Sports

WSE, Lancaster, Amherst fill First Team

All-Bee Girls Lacrosse
by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

West Seneca East, Lancaster and Amherst are among the top Section VI girls lacrosse teams in Western New York, and the girls’ lacrosse coaches who voted in the Bee coverage area agreed.

West Seneca East, section runner-up in Class C, had three selections; Lancaster, runner-up in Class A, and Amherst, section semifinalist in Class C, each had a pair of selections.

West Seneca East’s three selections on the first team marks the fifth time in the six-year history of the All-Bee Girls Lacrosse Team that a school is represented with at least three selections. Lancaster and Williamsville North each had three in 2012, Lancaster and Amherst each had three in 2013 and 2014, and Amherst had a trio in 2015. Lancaster had four selections last year. Alyssa Markowski, Attack


Alyssa Markowski has played lacrosse for Lancaster since she was a sophomore, but she really came into her own as a senior.

Markowski led Lancaster with 49 goals and 13 assists for 62 points, and helped the Lady Legends to a 13-5 record and an appearance in the Section VI Class A final.

“We needed her to score goals this year, and she stepped up to the plate,” Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri said.

A team captain, Markowski scored when it mattered most, tallying six goals against Orchard Park (19-9 win), five goals and an assist against West Seneca East (15-13 win), four goals, including the game winner, and three assists against Amherst (11-10 overtime win), and four goals against Orchard Park in the section semifinals (15-11 win).

Buccieri said teams tried to deny her the ball, but she was still able to get free position shots by driving hard to the net.

Markowski, the team’s Offensive MVP, finished her three-year varsity career with 77 goals and 15 assists.

Laura Skrzypczyk, Attack

West Seneca East

Laura Skrzypczyk was a scoring machine for West Seneca East.

The senior makes her return to the First Team after scoring a team-high 74 goals and finishing her four-year varsity career with 242 career goals, breaking Julia Suriani’s career school record of 232 set in 2011. She set the single-season record for goals with 90 as a junior.

A two-year captain, Skrzypczyk scored three goals or more 15 times. She tallied eight goals against Williamsville East (15-5 win), seven goals against East Aurora (13-6 win), and six goals and three assists against Orchard Park (21-11 win). West Seneca East finished 15-4 and reached the Section VI Class C final.

“Laura is good at creating space for herself to get open and receive a pass,” West Seneca East coach Jeff Bauda said. “Once she gets the ball, she puts on some moves to get off a nice shot.”

Skrzypczyk grabbed a team-high 66 ground balls, was second in takeaways (36) and draw controls (73), and also recorded 13 assists.

“She did everything we asked of her in the off-season or during the season so we could win games,” Bauda said.

Skrzypczyk will play lacrosse at Geneseo State College. Camryn Sullivan, Midfield


Camryn Sullivan has been a staple in Amherst’s lineup for four years.

The senior co-captain led the Lady Tigers in goals (44) and draw controls (50), was second in assists (17), and tied for third in ground balls (31).

Amherst coach JoAnna Fildes said Sullivan makes a difference in all games.

“She knows when she needs to make things happen and when to slow things down, and move the ball to her teammates,” Fildes said.

Fildes said Sullivan’s strengths are controlling the draw, going to the goal when needed and maturing throughout the year in her overall game.

Sullivan finished her career with 134 goals, 49 assists, 116 ground balls and 111 draw control wins.

She will play in college at Philadelphia University.

Grace Vogel, Midfield

West Seneca East

Grace Vogel did a little bit of everything for West Seneca East.

A three-year starter, the senior led the team in draw controls (93), assists (25) and takeaways (38), and was second in goals (69) and ground balls (62).

“Grace is a very physical player,” Bauda said. “She is not afraid to take people on one-on-one with her speed. She also has a tough, hard shot.”

Vogel scored at least two goals per game and had four or more goals 10 times. Her best statistical game was eight goals and two assists in East’s 17-16 regular-season win over crosstown rival West Seneca West. She also has the single-game school record for goals with 10. Camryn Lucarelli, Defense


Camryn Lucarelli has been an invaluable player for Lancaster’s defense.

Buccieri said the sophomore defender’s top priority is to face guard the other team’s top playmaker and limit opposing players’ touches on offense.

“She does a great job of denying players the opportunity to do what they could do on offense,” Buccieri said. “She uses her speed to her advantage, hustles the entire game and led our defense.”

Lucarelli grabbed 20 ground balls and won eight draw controls.

Lucarelli, a two-year starter, was the team’s Defensive MVP.

Caroline Yoder, Defense


Sophomore Caroline Yoder made the most of her first year playing varsity lacrosse, tallying 23 goals, 10 assists, 41 ground balls and 36 draw controls for the Lady Tigers.

“Caroline is a difference-maker in all games,” Fildes said. “She is an outstanding defender and steps into our attack with great confidence. She is a young student of the game. Her speed, determination and off-season commitment is what she brings to the field in practice and games.”

Yoder and Lucarelli tied for the most First Team votes by a defenseman with six.

Amanda Weiner, Goalie

West Seneca East

Amanda Weiner made an impact in her first year playing varsity lacrosse.

The West Seneca East junior made 164 saves on 334 shots for a .489 save percentage. She allowed 9.2 goals per game. Weiner had previously served as the goalie on the JV team.

“It’s pretty amazing for her to step in and do what she did for never experiencing that level of competition before,” Bauda said. “She was willing to adapt different styles and techniques that worked for her. She was not afraid to come out of the net and attack a defender and intercept a pass. I thought she did a great job.”

Weiner’s best game came against Amherst in the Section VI Class C semifinals when she made 14 saves in the team’s 12-10 victory.

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