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Bulldogs come close to winning consecutive regional titles

This time last spring, Jerry Severino’s boys lacrosse program made it past the regional round of New York State Public High School Athletic Association for the second time in school history.

His Bulldogs were more than competitive in the Class B Far West Regional Championship Game versus Victor (Section V) on May 31. They even had control of the game at one point. But in the end, Victor was too much, coming out of All High Stadium with a 10-8 victory over Hamburg.

Senior Lucas Shafer led all scorers with four goals. Matt Borgese scored twice in his final high school game and sophomore Evan Hollfelder added two, as well.

“When it’s a two-goal victory with probably 75-percent draw on their part, that says we did all right when we had the ball,” said Severino. “But there were a lot of unsettled goals in that first half that really sealed it for them.”

Jamie Trimboli gave Victor an early 1-0 advantage, but Shafer went on a scoring tear, netting three consecutive goals to put Hamburg up 3-1 in the beginning of the second.

The largest lead of the game came midway through the second quarter. Victor made it a one-goal game before Borgese and Hollfelder goals put Hamburg up 5-2.

But the half was far from over with as the two teams combined for 10 second quarter points.

Victor stormed back into the game by scoring six of the next seven goals to head into the half with an 8-6 lead.

“We were ahead for quite a while, early, and we played them even the rest of the way,” Severino said.

Hollfelder put Hamburg on the board first in the second half before Max Lambert (three goals) responded to put Victor back up two goals.

Shafer helped the Bulldogs get back within one with a third quarter goal, making it a 9-8 game.

Jordan Kuss made one his handful of highlight-reel-worthy saves to keep his Bulldogs in the game, stopping a shot from point blank range in the fourth quarter for Hamburg to stay within striking distance.

The Bulldogs threatened to tie the game with a three-minute possession following the save - they were even given a man-up advantage – but they were unable to tie the game.

“Being patient early in the fourth quarter, and all those possessions, I think that’s the right way to go,” noted Severino. “We just didn’t capitalize when we had those opportunities.”

Victor capitalized when Dan Barrow gave his team a two-goal cushion with under four minutes remaining.

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