Taylor Hughes will lead the St. John Fisher womens lacrosse team into the NCAA Division III Empire 8 Conference tournament today as the programs all-time leading scorer.
The Cardinals will play Nazareth in todays semifinals at Ithaca, seeking their third straight conference title.
Hughes, a senior attacker and 2010 graduate of Watertown High School, is the Cardinals all-time leader in points (292), goals (206) and assists (86).
This season, Hughes has tallied 38 goals and 15 assists and started all 17 games, leading St. John Fisher to a 13-4 overall record and a national ranking of No. 18.
Hughes also holds school records for most single-season goals (72) and points (102), both set during her sophomore season.
Hughes will graduate from Fisher this week with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.8 on a 4.0 scale. She will begin working as a registered nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester this summer.
Several former Frontier League standouts will be in conference tournament action at their respective colleges this weekend. Here is what to watch for.
FERRIS LEADS UMASS
Katie Ferris, a senior attacker and 2010 Carthage graduate, is leading the University of Massachusetts (16-1 overall) with 40 goals and 36 assists.
The Minutemen will play Richmond in todays Atlantic 10 Conference title game after a 16-3 victory over Duquesne in Fridays semifinals. UMass has gone unbeaten in the conference in each of Ferriss four seasons.
Ferris ranks 21st all-time on the NCAA Division I womens lacrosse scoring list and is a candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding player in Division I womens lacrosse.
Amy Tiernan, a junior midfielder and 2011 Carthage grad, has registered eight goals and four assists in five starts for UMass this year.
CAPONES HELPING HARVARD
Sisters Sophia and Mia Capone, who graduated from Watertown High School in 2011 and 2012, respectively, helped Harvard (9-6) reach this weekends Division I Ivy League Tournament.
Harvard lost to Penn, 10-9, in double overtime in Fridays semifinals.
Mia, a sophomore defender, has started 14 games on defense. Sophia, a junior attacker, ranks fifth on the team with 10 goals.
DERONDA LEADS WILDCATS
Kat DeRonda, a 2010 graduate of Carthage, is leading Northwestern (10-5) with 29 goals and 39 points.
The Wildcats are the No. 3 seed in this weekends America Lacrosse Conference Tournament.
The senior attacker helped Northwestern win national titles in 2011 and 2012.
KEGGINS, EAMER LIFT ALBANY
Former area standouts Maureen Keggins and Nichole Eamer have contributed to Albanys 13-2 season.
The Great Danes are seeded second for the America East Conference Tournament.
Keggins, a 2011 Watertown High School grad, ranks fourth on the team with 34 points while Eamer, who graduated from General Brown in 2011, ranks seventh with 23.
Chelsea Boshart, a 2011 Indian River grad, has played in five games for Albany this season.
SCULLY AMONG CANISIUS STANDOUTS
Kayla Scully, a 2011 South Jefferson grad, has started 15 of 16 games in goal for Canisius, leading the team to a 10-6 record and a spot in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.
Scully, who won the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year award as a sophomore last year, has tallied 127 saves with a .458 save percentage this season.
Scullys former South Jefferson classmate, Whitley Perry, has tallied eight goals and an assist in six starts for the Golden Griffins.
Cody Kucharski, a 2012 General Brown grad, has played in seven games.
MATTHEWSON SPLITTING TIME
Freshman Christina Matthewson, who graduated from Watertown High last June, has helped Fredonia (11-5) reach the SUNYAC Tournament.
Matthewson has split time in goal this season, recording a team-high 61 saves in nine games and four starts. She has a .484 save percentage.
ARTHUR, VESPA Key BINGHAMTON
Binghamton freshman Bri Arthur was the runner-up for the America East Conference Fans Choice Player of the Year.
Arthur set school freshman records for goals (34) and points (43). She scored three game-winning goals this season and helped the Bearcats to a program-best seven wins. She was the ninth-leading scorer in the conference.
Angela Vespa, who graduated from Immaculate Heart Central in 2010, started 14 games for Binghamton. The senior attacker scored 16 goals and dished out 11 assists.
HAUK SOARS AT PLATTSBURGH
Andrew Hauk, who graduated from IHC in 2010, will start in goal for Plattsburgh in todays SUNYAC championship game against SUNY Cortland.
Hauk started all 18 games for the Cardinals (13-5). He recorded 156 saves and posted a .551 save percentage.
Also playing for Plattsburgh are St. Lawrence Central grad Charlie Dullea and Canton grad Erik Howard.
CAPONE CAPS OFF CAREER
Tommy Capone, a 2010 Watertown High grad, wrapped up his four-year career at Brown this past week.
The midfielder and faceoff specialist started 10 games this season, helping Brown to an 8-6 record.
He won 113 of 211 faceoffs this season for a .536 percentage.
MAGOVNEY SHINES AT UB
Former Immaculate Heart Central standout Anthony Magovney is having a breakout junior season on the mound for the Division I University at Buffalo Bulls.
Magovney, a 6-foot, 210-pound right-hander, leads Buffalo in wins with a 6-1 record. He has started nine games and pitched in relief in one, compiling a 2.89 earned run average in 62.1 innings of work.
Magovney has struck out 33 for Buffalo, which is 20-16 overall, 11-6 in the Mid-American Conference and in second place in the East Division, a half game behind Kent State. Opponents are hitting just .162 off Magovney.
BELCH SEEING TIME
Watertowns Josh Belch has played in 10 games as a freshman catcher for Division I New Mexico State, which is currently 17-23. Belch is 0-for-5 at the plate with two walks and a strikeout.
ALLEN LEADS AREA TRIO AT FISHER
Sophomore Cameron Allen of Sackets Harbor has started 30 of 31 games for St. John Fisher this season. The outfielder is batting .264 with eight doubles, two triples, a homer and 16 RBIs for the 23-9 Cardinals.
Allen hit a home run in Fishers 9-1 win over Keystone last Sunday, snapping a Keystone 14-game winning streak.
Former Carthage and Jefferson Community College pitcher Josh Amann has pitched in eight games for St. John Fisher, going 2-1 with a 2.31 ERA. Sophomore Mitch Modlin of South Jefferson is 1-1 in six games with a 2.53 ERA for the nationally ranked Cardinals.
FRAVEL LEADING ROCHESTER
Tayler Fravel, a 2010 Sandy Creek grad, has guided the University of Rochester (22-10, 10-2) to todays championship round of the Liberty League Tournament.
Fravel started all 32 games and led the team with a .472 batting average, 51 hits and nine doubles.
MONROES PACE PIONEERS
Former General Brown standouts, sisters Chelsea and Abby Monroe, have led Utica (21-10, 6-6) to todays championship round of the Empire 8 Conference Tournament for the second straight season.
Chelsea, who graduated from General Brown in 2010, leads the Pioneers with 32 runs scored and is tied for second with four home runs and 10 stolen bases.
The senior is hitting for a .349 average and started all 31 games.
Abby Monroe, a 2012 General Brown grad, is sporting a 12-7 record with three shutouts as Uticas ace. In 107 innings pitched, Monroe has registered 80 strikeouts and a 1.83 earned run average.
CLAFLIN DEALING FOR DOLPHINS
Chelsea Claflin, who graduated from Sandy Creek last June, posted a 6-3 record with a 2.76 earned run average and 34 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched at Division II LeMoyne this season.
The Dolphins (24-17 overall) are waiting for a potential at-large bid into the NCAA Division II Tournament.