No. 1 Lancers top Eden
St. Mary’s of Lancaster is ranked No. 1 and Eden is No. 2 in the Western New York Small Schools Girls Volleyball Poll. There should be no disputing the standings after the Lancers swept the Raiders in three sets at Eden Tuesday night, 25-22, 25-21 and 21-14 to extend their mastery in the rivalry.
The teams have now played 10 sets against each this season and St. Mary’s has won all 10 – 25-15 and 25-11 in the semifinals of the Eden Tournament, 25-15, 25-18 and 25-8 in a regular season match at St. Mary’s two week ago and 25-13 and 25-19 in the Garden City Invitational in New Jersey on Oct. 7.
“The long-standing rivalry still exists,” said St. Mary’s coach Don Pieczynski. “We play them home and away every year. The last couple of years we’ve been undefeated against them. There are always close games and the crowds get into it. It’s pretty fun volleyball.”
Samantha Giardino had 14 digs and Ashley Dryzmala 12 digs in the Lancers’ victory. Leah Meyer had 11 kills and four blocks and Jackie Steck had six kills to pace the attack.
St. Mary’s only losses have been to Pittsford-Sutherland early in the season and to Orchard Park in the semifinals of the Frontier Invitatiional. The Lancers later avenged the Sutherland loss by beating the Rochester area team in a tight five-set match.
Mason saves Barker
Barker and Kenmore played to a scoreless tie in field hockey at Barker. The outcome prevented the host Raiders from wrapping up another Niagara-Orleans League championship. Barker, ranked No. 2 in the Western New York coaches poll, is 9-0-1 in league play and owns a one-game lead over Kenmore (8-1-1) with two games left – Medina on Thursday and at Roy-Hart next Tuesday.
Goalie Caitlyn Mason, a freshman, saved the tie for the Raiders, stopping Kaeli Mathias on a penalty stroke with 6:07 left in overtime. Mason moved to her right and got her blocker on Mathias’ shot.
Barker put seven shots on Kenmore goalie MacKenzie Hadaway. Barker has not lost a N-O league game since a defeat against Medina (3-1) on Sept. 13, 2005.
Kenmore, playing for the first season as a combined team of Kenmore East and Kenmore West athletes, is ranked seventh in the WNY poll.
“Kenmore’s had a good season. This is the best team coach [Jeff] Orlowski has ever had,” said Barker’s first-year head coach Jeff Costello.
Four more for Cutrona
Carissima Cutrona scored all four goals for Williamsville South in an 4-0 ECIC II victory over Sweet Home. Kim Brace registered the shutout for the Billies (11-2-1, 9-1-1 ECIC II) and clinched second place in the division. Cutrona now has 22 goals and 52 points for the season.
Jacumski swims best time
Mary Jacumski improved on her season’s best Western New York time in the 100 backstroke (1:00.90) and Victoria Butler (200 IM in 2:13.01 and 100 butterfly in 100:50) and Rebecca Anthone (50 free in 25.50 and 100 free in 55.56) for Clarence in a 117-68 triumph over Williamsville East. It was the sixth straight victory for the undefeated Red Devils.
Hamburg trips Wmsv. East
Jordan Smith scored with three minutes left in the second half to give Hamburg an upset win over Williamsville East, 4-3, under the lights in Hamburg Tuesday night. East (10-1-1 ECIC II) was ranked No. 1 among Western New York in the latest large schoos poll. Kara Daly had a goal and an assist for Hamburg (11-3-0, 8-3-0 ECIC II). The Bulldogs went into the game ranked ninth in the large school poll.