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High School Girls Lacrosse: Eden joins local powers in semifinals

Junior Molly Neureuter helped Eden advance to the Class C semifinal round. (Photo courtesy of David Eckhardt)
Frontier, Hamburg and Lake Shore have become mainstays in the Section VI Final Four during recent seasons. Eden has now joined the fray.

The fifth-seeded Raiders won at No. 4 Iroquois 12-10 on Tuesday (May 21) behind four goals and two assists from junior Chelsea Jackson, three goals from senior Jessica Matie and four points (two goals) from junior leading-scorer Molly Neureuter.

Eden won for a program-record sixth time and joins the likes of Western New York powers Lake Shore, Amherst and East Aurora in the Class C Final Four. It was the second time this season that Eden defeated former Class B team Iroquois.

The Raiders will meet top-seeded Lake Shore on Thursday (May 23) in a semifinal.

It’s been a while since Hamburg saw the field for a game, so it took just a little bit for the Bulldogs to get it going in their Class A playoff opener.

But not too long. Once they did get it going, the Bulldogs were difficult to stop, scoring a 16-2 win over West Seneca West on Tuesday (May 21) at Howe Field.

“We hadn’t played in eight days, since we finished the regular season up last Monday, so we came out slow but we did a lot better once we got going and in the second half,” Hamburg head coach Katy Ryan noted.

Leading the offense was Taylor Wolf, who had a six-point performance, which included scoring five times. Meghan Mikolajek, Jill Ford and Sam Eberle each added three goals, while Lexi Higgins led the defensive effort with four ground balls.

Hamburg moves on the semifinals on Thursday, May 23 against the winner of the Williamsville South and Williamsville East game that night.

In Class A, Frontier gets to rest until its playoff opener, which is a home semifinal contest against Clarence on May 23. The second-seeded Falcons defeated third-seed Clarence twice this season. Frontier’s only losses this season were twice to Lancaster and once to neighbor Hamburg.

The winners in the semifinals move on to play in the Section VI championship day triple-header on Wednesday, May 29 starting 3:30 p.m. at All-High Stadium.
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