Does Class AA have another upset brewing?

McQuaid’s Tommy Gallina (right) leads Section V with a goals against average of 0.089. (Photo: NORMAN STREHLE)

No. 1 seed McQuaid Jesuit Knights (17-0-0) vs. No. 5 seed Webster Thomas Titans (10-5-2)

How they got here: McQuaid beat No. 8 seed Gates-Chili, 6-0 while Thomas knocked off fourth-seeded Churchville-Chili in overtime, 3-2.

Season matchup: McQuaid edged Thomas, 1-0 at home on October 9th in a game that was closer than the score indicates – if that is possible.

Names to know: McQuaid – Brennan Brown (five goals, 10 assists), Dylan Duffy (four goals, six assists), Dominic Duncan (16 goals, eight assists), Tommy Gallina (leads Section V with a 0.089 GAA), Justin LaFountain (15 goals, five assists), Dan Malloy (11 goals, eight assists), Adriano Margiotta (10 goals, 14 assists), Quinn Minich (Sr. sweeper), Nick Pierleoni (three goals, five assists) and Alex Reale (Sr. stopper).

Danny Charleton (five goals, three assists), Matt Hill (one goal, three assists), Brett Kaemmerlen (five goals, five assists), Owen Ledermann (two goals, four assists), Luke Piazza (11 goals, two assists), Ben Uetz (Sr. defender) and Jake Witte (1.120 GAA).

Luke Piazza (22) leads Webster Thomas with 11 goals this season. (Photo: PAUL GOTHAM/Pickin’ Splinters)

Coaches: Nino Pilato (McQuaid), Steve Grose (Thomas).

History 101: Thomas has reached the semi-finals two of the last three years including last season when the Titans beat Webster Schroeder to advance to the Class AA championship. Thomas won back-to-back titles in 2006 and ’07. McQuaid is making its first semi-final appearance since 2009 when the Knights claimed the Class AA championship.

A 5 p.m. kickoff is scheduled at Spencerport.

Hilton’s Evan Pirnie (10) has 10 goals and 11 assists. (Photo: CHRIS ROACH)

No. 2 seed Hilton Cadets (13-3-1) vs. No. 6 seed Rush-Henrietta Royal Comets (7-9-1)

How they got here: Hilton outlasted Victor for a 2-1 win while Rush-Henrietta opened with a 4-1 victory over Webster Schroeder before taking down reigning champion Fairport on penalty kicks.

Season series: Hilton took both tilts beating R-H 3-2 on LeBeau Field, September 7th. The Cadets went on the road for a 2-1 win on October 4th.


Names to know: Hilton – Justin Arilotta (six goals, four assists), Tom Callery (one goal, one assist), Joey Gombatto (0.935 GAA), Noah Malta (three goals), Evan Pirnie (10 goals, 11 assists), Joshua Ranke (three goals, three assists), David Stirpe (one goal, one assist) and Adam Wuest (one goal, two assists).

Rush-Henrietta – Hunter Kassel (seven goals, three assists), Zein Mohamed (seven goals, six assists), Jared Perkins (three goals, two assists), Khalid Qasim (three goals, two assists), Curtis Rowe (three goals, one assist) and Ethan Scheur (1.857 GAA).

Rush-Henrietta’s Hunter Kassel (4) has seven goals and three assists. (Photo: NOAH BRYANT)

Coaches: Mike Ellicott (Hilton), Jake Falci (Rush-Henrietta)

History 101: Rush-Henrietta is playing in its second straight semi-final. Hilton reached the final four for the first time since winning the 2015 title. Hilton and R-H are meeting in the post-season for the first time since 2008 when the Royal Comets advanced to the Class AAA finals with a 2-1 win over the Cadets.

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