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Lake Shore dethrones Amherst to capture Class C title

The Lady Eagles finally toppled their arch nemesis.

After falling to the Tigers in the last two finals appearances, No. 2 Lake Shore beat top-seeded Amherst, 9-5, to capture the Class C Section VI Championship at All High Stadium on May 28.

The Lady Tigers won nine straight Section VI girls lacrosse titles prior to this season, as well as sweeping both regular season matches against Lake Shore this spring.

“I’m so glad we redeemed ourselves,” said Alie Jimerson, Lake Shore’s senior midfielder who will play at the University at Albany next year. “It took three years, but we finally got it.”

Amherst (13-5) visited Lake Shore on May 12 and escaped with a 9-8 victory. Jimerson grew confidence that they could beat them in a third meeting with the effort her Eagles put into that contest.

“The last time we played Amherst, I knew we could beat them,” said Jimerson. “I knew we could do it.”

Lake Shore freshman Sophia Koenig scored the first goal of the game. Amherst came back to tie the three times, but the Eagles never gave up a lead.

“I had no idea I was going to get the first goal,” Koenig noted. “That really shocked me. And then from then on I just did my best to get open and get the ball in the net.”

Koenig picked up a hat trick in the victory, scoring all three of her goals in the first half. Shelby Stevens scored and Symone Maracle added two goals while Alie and Jayln Jimerson each scored once.

Amherst’s All-WNY goaltender, Emily Bitka, did not participate in the championship game due to an injury, but you’d be hard-pressed to find another goalie in the section that could have had as good of a performance as Jenna Haring did.

Coming out of the half with a 4-3 advantage, Lake Shore’s sophomore goaltender only allowed two goals the rest of the way, including 19 saves, to capture the Class C crown.

“We just wanted to keep ourselves in the game and not let it go because we knew we had to win,” said Haring, who is in her second year as a starter. “We really wanted it. We’ve been practicing all year for it, so we were just trying really hard.”

Lake Shore will return to the field on May 31 to face Honeoye Falls-Lima (Section V) in the Far West Regional Championship.
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