Great high school fall performances

From the gridiron to the pool
Wil Lawson scored six goals in a game earlier this month for Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons.
Wil Lawson scored six goals in a game earlier this month for Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons.

Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons boys’ soccer coach Joe Masi began to worry after Schoharie connected for two unanswered goals in the second half of Monday’s Western Athletic Conference game.

“It’s 4-3 and I’m thinking, ‘Are we falling apart here?’ ” Masi said. “I was going to call a time out, but decided to let them play through it, and we just blew it open.”

Gregorio Vichi began a string of five unanswered goals by the Golden Knights and James Kim finished the spree in what would be a 9-3 victory. Wil Lawson connected for the three goals in between, the junior forward’s fourth, fifth and sixth goals that afternoon.

“It was pretty amazing,” Gregorio, a senior midfielder, said. “His job is to score goals, and he did it well.”

Lawson said he was thinking of a game last season that Bishop Gibbons had lost to Schoharie 3-1.

“Schoharie beat us last year,” Lawson said. “I went into the game just really wanting to score a lot of goals.

“Great work from the team helped me score.”

Vichi, an exchange student from Italy, finished with two goals and five assists in the Golden Knights’ road victory.

“We work well together and score goals,” Lawson said. “Of course, you don’t score six every day. It was special.”

Lawson had a first-half hat trick to help the Golden Knights go up 4-1. With his next three goals, which came in a span of 10 minutes, he upped his season total to 11.

“The last couple of games he has some assists but didn’t score,” Vichi said of Lawson. “From the beginning, he was a hungry player.”

Lawson has nine assists to go with his 11 goals.

“He’s got amazing footwork and vision,” Masi said of the two-year varsity player. “He has been a stellar part of our offense since he started.”

Lawson’s was one of the standout performances that have been turned in thus far this fall season by Section II athletes. Here’s a few more:


Bethlehem junior golfer Austin Fox turned in under-par rounds in three consecutive days (Aug. 30-Sept. 1), and finished 7-under during the 27-hole stretch to lead the Eagles to a trio of Suburban Council wins.

Fox later shared medalist honors with seniors Tommy McPartlon of Shenendehowa and Madison Braman of Shaker at the Sept. 15 Suburban Council Golf Championships, each carding an even-par 72.


Senior Kristen Maher set a Saratoga Central Catholic soccer record with five goals on Sept. 9 in an 8-3 win over Heatly. Maher also has a pair of four-goal games, and three three-goal games this season.


Shenendehowa junior Charlotte Macken served for all 25 points when the Plainsmen opened their Suburban Council volleyball match against Schenectady on Sept. 15 with a 25-0 win. The reigning Section II Class AA champions followed with 25-7 and 25-9 wins to complete a sweep.


Mohonasen senior quarterback Ryan Deguire ran 32 times for 308 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-36 loss to Lansingburgh last Friday night. Deguire, who made the 2015 Gazette All-Area first team as an all-purpose player, scored four touchdowns for the second time in three weeks.

Junior Reese Cristaldi of Greenwich and senior Cameron Brooks of Schalmont have also joined the 300-yard rushing club this fall.


Senior Steven Fedorchak tied a Guilderland football record with nine receptions in last Saturday’s 47-24 win at Albany. Fedorchak finished with 137 receiving yards — his third straight effort with over 100 — and two of those tosses from George Marinopoulos went for touchdowns.


Scotia-Glenville junior Olivia Jack set pool and meet records in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.73) at last Saturday’s New Hartford Invitational. Jack, who competes for the combined Burnt Hills/Scotia team, owns the Section II 100 breast record (1:01.48).

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