Controversial win for St. Joe’s lax
St. Joe’s upset Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 13-12, in double overtime Monday, ending the Tigers’ 49-game Monsignor Martin regular season lacrosse winning streak. However, in the minds of the losing Tigers the outcome should be reversed.
Timon thought it had won on a shot by Connor Fields in the second four-minute sudden-death extra period. But as the Tigers celebrated, there was no indication of a goal from the officials. St. Joe’s broke the other way and got the winner on a goal by James Bassett with an assist from Dennis Gilbert with 3:01 left in the frame.
“I think we won that game. We scored in overtime. The net moved. We won, we cleared the bench, and our kids run down the field, and they went down and scored,” said Timon coach Mike Burke. “I hope that there is a way that this can be overturned.”
“We have video evidence of the goal. It’s unfortunate the officials didn’t see it that way. I don’t know how they missed it. It was clear-cut. It’s overtime – the game is over as soon as we score … and we stopped playing.”
St. Joe’s coach Peter Hudecki had a different opinion. “The ball popped straight up in the air. No whistle was blown and our guys are taught to play to the whistle,” Hudecki said.
St. Joe’s (7-2, 5-0) took a 10-7 lead into the fourth quarter, but Timon (6-3, 3-1) scored the next four goals before Andrew Bond of the Marauders evened it, 12-12, with six minutes left. Each side had scoring chances thereafter. Bassett’s winning goal came 59 seconds into the second overtime.
“Our freshman goalie, Eric Deakin, was tremendous with 19 saves,” Hudecki said. “We haven’t beaten Timon since 2007 (the Tigers last regular season league loss) and that was in overtime, too.”
St. Mary’s wins showdown
J.D. Andreesen singled home the only run in the fourth inning, and Lucas Schafer pitched a three-hitter for St. Mary’s (12-1, 6-0 Monsignor Martin) in a 1-0 win over St. Joe’s in Lancaster. It was the first league loss for St. Joe’s (5-1).
Schafer, a senior right-hander who is headed for Niagara County Community College, struck out four and hit one batter in outduelling the Marauders’ Matt Matre, who pitched a four-hitter. The Lancers cut down a St. Joe’s runner at the plate in a short-to-first-to-home double play in the second inning.
Austin Hopcia, a junior right-hander, struck out 13 batters in a five-inning no-hitter in pitching Alden to a 4-0 vctory over Holland in the second game of an ECIC IV doubleheader. Alden won the other game, 6-2. Hopcia (2-1) has allowed only one earned run in 20-plus innings for the Bulldogs (6-3, 5-2 ECIC IV).
Flames win in fourth OT
Mackenzie Cutler scored with 2 minutes left in the fourth overtime to give Williamsville East a marathon, 8-7 victory over Williamsville South in girls lacrosse. The teams had played two three-minute overtimes and one three-minute sudden death overtime before Cutler’s goal.
Lauren DiDuro scored five goals for East (5-4, 4-4 ECIC) and Olivia Binfield had the other two goals for the Flames. Sophomore goalie Juliana Panepento made 16 saves for the winners.
In softball, Allison Salerno doubled home Melissa McCaffrey in the top of the ninth for Hamburg (7-4, 4-3 ECIC I) in a 2-1 victory at Lancaster.