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School Notes: Messere to HOF

Legendary coach Mike Messere, whose West Genesee boys’ lacrosse team beat Niskayuna in the 2005 state championship game, was recently inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in Denver.

Messere has guided West Genesee (Camillus, New York) to a national-record 15 state titles to go with six runner-up efforts, the last of those coming this past season. Messere is also the nation’s all-time high schools wins leader, piling up 772 of them in a career with the Wildcats that spans 38 years.

His teams won 91 consecutive games before a 6-5 loss to Yorktown in the 1984 state final, and then rattled off another 44 wins in a row.

West Genesee notched its 14th state title with a 15-2 Class A win over Niskayuna in the spring of 2005, and the Wildcats earned their 15th New York crown three years later.

Niskayuna is the only Section II boys’ team to reach a state final, having also done so in 2009 (Class B).

The 69-year-old Messere was inducted into National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1994.


Jillian Macri of Niskayuna High School earlier this month competed for the New England team at the All-American Lacrosse National Classic in Maryland.

At the US Lacrosse-sponsored event, her New England team went 1-3-1 in pool competition.

The attacker and midfielder had a solid junior season at Niskayuna with 24 goals and five assists. The Silver Warriors reached the Section II Class B semifinals and finished with an 11-6 record.

Macri has played three seasons of varsity lacrosse at Niskayuna, and is involved with Adirondack Lacrosse.

She is also a member of Niskayuna’s cross country and indoor track teams.


Five teams consisting of Section II players will see action at the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament Aug. 5-11.

The 24th annual event with over 4,000 players and 500 games will be held on 12 fields near the Winter Olympic Village.

Albany Power out of Schenectady will have teams in the Boys’ U-16 and Boys’ U-18 Gold divisions. Ballston Spa out of Saratoga Springs and Albany-based Bethlehem will compete in the Girls’ 14-16 division. Another Bethlehem team will play in the Girls’ 17-18 division.

Several other teams with area ties are scheduled. They are Breakaway Lacrosse-Latham (Men’s Open 1); Power Strangers-Glenville and Albany Alliance-New York (Men’s Open 2); Cloud Splitters-Glens Falls (Men’s Masters 2); Team Easton-East Greenbush and Creaky Gates-Albany (Men’s Masters 3); Cloud Splitters-Cohoes (Men’s Grand Masters 2); Canistigione Crabmen-Glenville (Men’s Super Grand Masters); and Cloud Splitters-Loudonville (Men’s Ultra Grand Masters).

The tournament started back in 1990 with seven teams.

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