Niagara Gazette

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May 24, 2013

Koch's late goal sends N-W to HS lacrosse final

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Niagara Gazette — You couldn’t tell from the scoresheet, but Schiffert noted the biggest key to the Falcons’ victory was junior Brennen Ferguson, who returned to play his first game after missing nearly a month to a hip injury.

The Syracuse University-bound Ferguson notched three assists and won a number of key faceoffs and ground balls. As the Falcons prepared to play the game without their co-captain, his last-minute decision to play is what made the difference.

“He didn’t start the game but he came in and took more shifts as it went on and said, ‘I feel good, I feel good. Get me out there,’” Schiffert said. “It’s so huge (to have Ferguson in the lineup). It’s huge not just because he can score and assist and win draws, but it’s an emotional lift for the boys when one of the captains and the big gun is back.”

With Hamburg’s 14-5 win over Iroquois in the other semifinal matchup Thursday, the Falcons head into next week looking to avenge their season-opening 14-4 loss to the Bulldogs and a 15-7 loss in last year's title game.

The Bulldogs have won five of the last six Class B championships.

"I want revenge on them for what they did to us at the beginning of the season," Koch said. "I don’t know. I hope we can pull through on that one. I think we can do it."

The Falcons and Bulldogs will meet at All-High Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Follow contributing sports reporter Brandon Schlager on Twitter @B_Schlag.

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