Pittsford is put on the list of Section V’s elite boys lacrosse teams more often than not, and this season is no exception.
The Panthers defensemen and overall defensive work is considered high-grade and are perhaps the top reason that Pittsford was voted No. 1 in the first Democrat and Chronicle Section V Boys Lacrosse Class A/B Coaches’ Poll.
“We have big strong athletic kids,” Pittsford coach Andrew Whipple said.
The group that has allowed eight goals during Pittsford’s 3-0 start includes two-year captain and long-stick midfielder Nick Panara, 6-foot-3 senior Greg Weyl, 6-3 sophomore Jared Conners and junior Mike Perotto, who transfered from Aquinas with his sophomore brother, Jon.
The Panthers defeated Duxbury (Mass.), 6-5 during the weekend. Duxbury is a dominant team at the state level, as the Dragons won eight consecutive championships during the 2000s.
“New York state is one of the best in the country, so you are looking at one of the best leagues in the nation,” Webster Thomas coach Rob Ruller claims.
“Look at the Division I (college-bound) players.”
Pittsford has plenty including junior midfielder Brandon Barker, who is on track to play at Ohio State, Georgetown-bound attackman Stephan Quinzi and Conners, who has given a verbal commitment to Virginia.
The Panthers, who reached the Section V Class A semifinals last season, may need to keep winning if they are to remain No 1.
Class A Fairport and Webster Thomas, which share the No. 2 position in the first poll, and No. 3 Penfield each received first-place votes.
“Lacrosse around here keeps getting better and better, which is great for our area,” Whipple said.
No surprise with the name at the top of the Class C coaches’ poll. Penn Yan may have no experience back on the defensive end, but the Mustangs usually figure out a way to plug any holes.
The Mustangs (2-0), with two-time Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester attackman/midfielder Bradley Voigt, outscored Bath and Honeoye Falls-Lima 38-8 heading into a matchup against Livonia on Thursday.
Defending Section V boys lacrosse champions
Class A: Penfield, overcame an 0-5 start to reach the state semifinals.
Class B: Canandaigua, owners of three sectional championships in the last six years.
Class C: Penn Yan, winner of all but one of the sectional titles in this class since 2000.
|2. (tie)||Fairport (2)||2-0||72|
|2. (tie)||Webster Thomas (2)||3-1||72|
Honorable mention: Webster Schroeder, Brighton, Gates Chili.
First-place votes in parentheses.
Records entering Tuesday’s games
|1.||Penn Yan (4)||2-0||40|
Honorable mention: Marcus Whitman.