St. Mary’s captured its 13th Catholic State girls volleyball championship, and second in a row, with a win over St. Francis Prep in a final four tournament played Saturday on Long Island. The title also marks the 25th anniversary of the Lancers’ first title.
Sophomore Leah Meyer had nine kills and six blocks in the match won 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 25-19. Samantha Giardina had 13 digs while Amber Dryzmala had eight kills. Dryzmala also served nine straight points in the third game to help rally her team from a 15-10 deficit. St. Mary’s fell behind, 7-1, in the fourth game before roaring back to capture the match and the title. The Lancers finished, 45-5.
Meanwhile at the state girls public schools championships in Glens Falls, Eden in Class C and Ellicottville in Class D advanced through pool play to reach championship finals today.
Eden, the defending champion in its class, went 5-1 in pool play. The Raiders’ only loss was in a split with Voorheesville, which will face Eden in today’s final at noon.
The Raiders swept two games from Millbrook (25-13, 25-18) and Babylon (25-12, 25-12) in addition to the split with Voorheesville (25-21 and 16-25).
Ellicottville’s Eagles went 6-0 in pool play, sweeping two sets each from Haldane (25-10, 25-20), Hartford (25-17, 25-9) and LaFayette (25-16 and 25-12). The Eagles will meet defending Class D champion Haldane in the final today at noon.
FIELD HOCKEY: Barker suffered its first loss of the season, 2-1, to Southampton of Section XI in the semifinals of the state championships at Cicero-North Syracuse. Kim Zaepfel gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at 10:56 of the first half with an assist from Kayla Moeller. Southampton tied it with 24:25 left in the second half and got the winner with 7:48 left.
Barker had a chance to tie the game when it received a penalty corner with no time left on the clock, but didn’t convert. Barker goalie Caitlyn Mason saved a penalty shot with 5:04 left to keep it a one-goal game.
Southampton’s team included a boy, Keeling Pilaro, 14, who won an appeal allowing him to play. He is a 4-foot-10, 85-pound eighth-grader who picked up his skills in the sport growing up in Ireland.
“He didn’t score but ... is a key component to what they do,” Barker coach Jeff Costello said.
Zaepfel was selected to the All-State team while teammate Jessica Heferon, a senior sweeper, won the sportsmanship award.
In a Class A semifinal, Sisters Kaitlin and Cara Trombetta each scored two goals as defending champion Sachem East beat Williamsville North, 6-0.
BOYS SOCCER: Senior Austin Zaepfel scored in the 97th minute to give Canisius a 1-0 victory over Fordham Prep in the semifinals of the State Catholic High School boys championship. The goal came on na Canisius counter with junior Mike Anders playing a through ball from midfield to Zaepfel , who got behind the defense and beat Fordham goalie Cameron McGowan one-on-one.
Defending state champion Jericho (Section VIII-Nassau County) broke away from a 2-2 halftime tie to hand Williamsville East its first loss of the season, 4-2, in the Class A semifinal in Middletown.
Senior Brandon Schick, who Friday was named first team All-State, twice gave the Flames the lead in the first half. Brett Librock assisted on the first goal. Flames keeper Nick Smith had eight saves. “Quality saves, too,” added East coach Jeff Librock.
East trailed for the first time this season when Jericho scored its go-ahead goal with 16 minutes left in the second half
GIRLS SOCCER: Long Island power St. Anthony’s defeated Sacred Heart, 2-0, at Nichols School in the semifinals of the state Catholic High School championship. Goalkeeper Ally Dwyer made 16 saves for the Sharks (11-4). Rachel Loecher with two shots on goal and Lauren Constantino were the main offensive threats for Sacred Heart.
CROSS COUNTRY: Freshman Sophia Tasselmyer of Starpoint finished 23rd to lead the Western New York entry in the State Federation championships in Wappingers Falls. Tasselmyer covered the 5,000 meters in 19:16.9. East Aurora was 11th in the boys team competition. Gene Baritot of EA was the top WNY finisher at 51st in 16:55.5.