Local lax stars play in Senior All-Star Game

James Neiss/staff photographerIn this May 7 file photo, Grand Island's Gabriella Sciortino works against a Lewiston-Porter defender during a game at Lew-Port. Sciortino was one of six local girls to play in the annual Section VI Senior Girls Lacrosse All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

AMHERST — The best of the best in Western New York girls lacrosse were on display Tuesday in a unique fashion.

Section VI's annual Senior Girls Lacrosse All-Star Game was held at Sweet Home High School. The game itself is one pretty incomparable to other all-star showcases — the girls were spread out between three teams, where they all played each other for one 20-minute period each.

Team 2 won the first game over Team 1, 8-6. The second game was a 4-4 tie between Team 2 and Team 3, while the final game was a 6-4 win for Team 3 over Team 1.

Another intriguing piece to the games was that some classmates were split up between teams. Team 1 featured Megan Kennedy and Brienne Westfall (Grand Island) and Maggie Bilquin (Niagara Falls). Team 2 had its own duo of Vikings, with Beth Wolcott and Gabriella Sciortino. Wolcott and Sciortino were also joined by Niagara Wheatfield's Selena Justus.

Kennedy had the best performance on the field, totaling three goals in two games. She said she enjoyed experiencing one last game with her teammates.

"It felt really good because then I felt more familiar with people," Kennedy said. "I had them and then I could look for passes and everything. It was just good to play with them one more time because that's gonna be it. We all worked really hard this year and being able to play one last game with the four of us, I thought that was really cool to do that."

Kennedy plans to attend Niagara University next year but does not plan on playing for the Purple Eagles. Because of that, she really took in her last opportunity to play at the high school level.

"I thought (the game) went really well. I thought we all played really good together. I was happy I got to play (midfield) and I got to do the draws a lot."

Her former teammate and opponent for the night was Wolcott, who netted a goal in the first game. Wolcott said she was proud of being able to represent her school along with her teammates.

"That was a lot of fun. Like, it was sad not being able to play anymore for my school, but it was cool getting to see some of the girls I played with for the last four years (from different) schools. ... It was interesting because Megan (Kennedy) and Brie (Westfall) are both really good. So, I know Meg, she always does this one dodge and she came up against me. I knew she was gonna do it on me and she still scored."

Their fellow Viking, Westfall, scored a goal in the final game of the evening. As for NW's lone Falcon, Chatham University lacrosse commit Justus is eager to share what it was like being an all-star with her former teammates.

"A lot of these girls I've played with (in) travel (ball) and I see them throughout the season," Justus said. "I think it was fun to not be serious for once and to just kind of play the game we all love ... I do wish some of my teammates were here to play with me and enjoy this."