BERLIN >> Jared Newall scored three goals and had an assist as 18th-seeded St. Joseph eased past No. 3-seeded East Catholic 9-2 in the Class S boys lacrosse semifinals at Sage Park.
Cillian Donahue made 10 saves for the two-time defending state champion Cadets, who improved to 12-9.
The victory marks St. Joseph’s fourth-consecutive appearance in the Class S championship game, and the seventh time in the last eight seasons. The Cadets (12-9), who have won the last two championships, will face Somers in the title game Saturday at McMahon (time TBA).
Ryan Wilson and Chris Klabonski scored two goals apiece for the Cadets. Jared Malozzi and Kevin Faustich each had one goal.
East Catholic’s Connor Goldberg put his team up 1-0 to start the game, but St. Joseph reeled off eight consecutive goals over the next three quarters to take an 8-1 lead.
East Catholic’s Connor Hills broke the string to cut St. Joseph’s lead to 8-2 after three quarters.
ST. JOSEPH 9, EAST CATHOLIC 2
St. Joseph 3 2 3 1 — 9
East Catholic 1 0 1 0 — 2
Goals: SJ — Jared Newall 3, Ryan Wilson 2, Chris Klabonski 2, Jared Malozzi, Kevin Faustich; EC–Connor Hills, Connor Goldberg.
Assists: SJ–Matt Labash, Newall, Wilson, Mallozzi.
Saves: SJ–Cillian Donahue 10; EC–Ari Graves 3, Chris O’Connor 4.
Team Records: St. Joseph 12-9; East Catholic 17-4.