M-W Boys Win 4 Straight Titles; B-M Denies Girls
BY DAVE SHEA
POTSDAM - The Madrid-Waddington Boys noted a fourth straight Section title while Brushton-Moira denied the Lady Yellowjackets a second straight Class C crown in a doubleheader of Class C Championship games at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday night.
The M-W Boys blanked B-M 3-0 for a repeat Class C title after back to back Class D crowns. M-W (14-3-1) advanced to the regional finals on Saturday against the winner of a midweek game between the Section 7 and 2 champions.
In the Girls game B-M claimed its second Class C title in two years winning a 2-1 decision. B-M will play Ausable Valley of Section 7 on Wednesday.
Cade VanBuren, who has played on all four sectional championship teams, figured in all three goals for the Yellowjackets who outshot the Panthers 18-3 and took a 2-0 halftime lead. But to secure the win they had to deal with a ramped up attack by B-M which pushed their halfbacks and defenders forward for the final 20 minutes.
Kalub Langdon was deeply involved the aggressive tactics but was contained by the M-W defense.
Countering one of those rushes produced the third goal with 12:42 to play when Cade VanBuren crashed the net and hammered home a rebound after Panther keeper George Webb made a diving save on a Kyle Stoner shot.
"Winning a fourth straight title is really fun. We dominated tonight and had great runs all night," said VanBuren who drew assists on two first half goals.
On the first goal John McCall saved a ball from rolling over the endline and passed it back to Cade VanBuren who took a close range shot which his brother Brody VanBuren directed into the net in the 35th minute of the game. M-W broke though against some outstanding defensive play by B-M (10-8) anchored by sweeper Ben Schack.
"Hats off to Adam Britton and his team, they played hard aggressive and clean. That’s why I respect him so much as a coach. They came ready to play tonight but we just played better. It just seemed like once we got control of the game we started to really work our offense and they had to chase us," said M-W Coach Ryan Robinson.
"We have to hard all this week to see prepare for Saturday. The games will get tougher now and less forgiving with the mistakes. Pretty special night to play in our fifth straight championship game and winning the last four."
The second M-W goal came on a clean break-away by Joey Green who converted after being sprung by a chip pass by Cade VanBuren five minutes before the half.
"It was truly a great game tonight. The weather was great, the officiating was great and we faced a great opponent. It was a great night to get Brennan Harmer back and we just played like a different team. When Brennan was out with his injury for most of the season his team mates had to step and play different positions. His focus was to get better for playoffs and he did his job. Our job was to get to the playoffs and we did," said Coach Robinson.
"He had a great game but it also allowed us to get Cade VanBuren involved in our offense. Cade has worked so hard to get better and tonight he sealed the game with the third goal. He assisted on the others. We continue to be a team that is comprised of multiple goal scorers. Will Murphy and Gabe Murphy backed up by Lucas Ryan and kept Kalub Langdon in check all night. The midfielders did a nice job of forcing Justin Kennedy out of the middle."
Web finished with seven saves for B-M and Trent Lashua faced only infrequent shots finishing with two saves.
The NAC East Champion B-M Girls (13-4-1) ended M-W's hopes of following up dramatic upgrade in the second half of the season. The Jackets scored six wins in the second round after managing just two ties in the first round.
"We did a great job turning things around. The girls worked very hard and they played well tonight. The way we started many people wouldn't have expected us to make it here" said M-W Coach Justin Richards.
"They did what they had to do. They got the goals they needed. Good look to them in the states."
The Lady Panthers were guided by NAC East Coach of the Year Chuck Phippen who received a stellar goaltender effort from Natalie Palmer who made two diving saves deny the Jackets (6-9-3) who staged concerted pressure in the final 10 minutes of the game. Palmer finished with eight saves and Jaeden Sauve broke up dangerous advances with clears. M-W's Emma Martin supplied some defensive gems of her own in a seven-save effort.
Teaghan Phalen figured both B-M goals as she scored on a direct kick with 25:49 remaining in the half and used a nice through pass to send her sister Kyla Phalen for a one vs one vs the M-W keeper with 2:57 remaining in the half.
The goal came two minutes after Lydia Thomas netted M-W lone goal off a pass from Grace Plumley. Anna Brady was very active in the M-W defense with accurate clearing passes to teammate.