West Genesee, Westhill fall short in boys lacrosse state championship games

West Genesee head boys lacrosse coach Mike Messere looks on during Saturday's state championship loss to Ward Melville.

In Mike Messere's final game as West Genesee head boys lacrosse coach, the Wildcats bowed out of the New York State, Class A Championship Game, 15-2.

Ward Melville stunned the Wildcats from the start, jumping out to a 4-0 lead and never looking back.

Ryan Sheehan and Jack Howes each recorded goals for West Genesee, however in the end, the defensive effort was not enough.

After 43 years roaming the sideline for West Genesee, Messere is calling it quits. 841 wins and 15 New York State Championships later, he stands alone as perhaps the Godfather of high school lacrosse in America.

However, after the game he was anything but pleased with the outcome, showing his frustration in the process.

"They quit a long time ago because they weren't listening," Messere responded when asked about his team's effort. "They quit a long time ago. I told him they quit a long time ago because they didn't follow directions. They did what they wanted to do, and how do they like it?"

"In the start of the fourth quarter, he [Coach Messere] mentioned something about us giving up," Wildcats senior attacker Jack Howes articulated. "I said that we didn't. But, I mean, everyone's frustrated and stuff. But I'm pretty sure that not a single guy in white today gave up during that game."

"It sucks that it's coming to an end," West Genesee senior midfielder Ryan Smith shared with emotion. "I wish I could get four more years with these boys, but it's got to come to an end eventually. I'm glad we made it this far. We were doubted the whole year. At least we made it here."

The Wildcats finish the season with a 18-3 overall record.


In the late game from St. John Fisher College, the Westhill Warriors came up short against Islip in the Class C State Championship Game, 9-3.

Led by Owen Matukas' pair of goals, the Warriors cut it to a 4-2 deficit in the first half, but Islip was far too good.

Behind Mike Bienkowski's six goals, Islip stormed ahead and kept Westhill's offense in-check, earning the win and the state championship.

The Warriors finish the year with a 16-6 overall record.

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