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Offensive dual explodes as lacrosse team heads to playoffs

SPRINGVILLE—The girls lacrosse team had a busy week with three games in three days as Springville prepares for playoffs.

Although the team went 1-2 last week, the win was over Gowanda, which happens to be the Griffins’ opening round opponent in the playoffs. The 19 goals scored against the Panthers were the most of any game this season.

Overall, the lacrosse team has been on a roll by recording four of its five season wins since the second week of May. During that span, the team has gone 4-3 with wins over Gowanda, Lewiston-Porter and a pair over Salamanca.

In each of last week’s games the team doubled its offensive production from the previous game with the biggest contributions coming from McKenzie Galvin and Jocelyn Jenis.


In a 17-4 loss at East Aurora May 16, Galvin and Jenis each had a goal. The next day, the pair combined for seven of the team’s eight goals in a 14-8 loss at Iroquois, but the duo more than doubled that with 15 combined goals in the regular-season home finale against Gowanda in a 19-16 win May 18. The pair ended the week with a combined 24 of its team’s 31 goals.

Galvin and Jenis were also two of nine seniors honored in the Gowanda game that included Lauren Cosenza, Keely Johnson, Leah Frank, Natalie Manchester, Grace Wojtkowiak, Kaitlyn Blake and Abigail Moscato.

As much as Galvin and Jenis have been the impetus behind the team’s offense, Moscato has been equally impressive from a defensive aspect in goal, with 61 saves collectively in the three games last week.

Against East Aurora, the Griffs were out-shot by a 2-1 margin with Moscato recording 24 saves. In the Iroquois game, Springville was out-shot by a 3-1 margin with the senior goalie recording 25 saves. She rounded out the week with a dozen saves in the win over Gowanda.

Cora Boundy also had a good week by scoring goals in every game. She scored once against both East Aurora and Iroquois and added three goals against Gowanda. Frank also had a solid week with single tallies against the Blue Devils and Panthers.

In the groundball game, Wojtkowiak led the team against East Aurora with three. Jenis and Frank co-led the team against Iroquois also with three each and Vaidah Emerling had a team-high three groundballs against Gowanda.

The first round of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class-D girls lacrosse playoffs for Springville begin May 23 with a semifinal matchup on the road against the Panthers. The Griffs went 1-1 against Gowanda during the regular season with an 11-10 overtime loss May 1 and a 19-16 win last week.


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