Lancaster clinches lax title
The previous four girls lacrosse games between Lancaster and Frontier in Class A were all decided by just one goal. Not so Tuesday as Lancaster never trailed in earning a 9-4 victory over the host Falcons to clinch its eighth Class A league championship in the last nine seasons.
Junior Rachel Heidenreich led the Redskins with five goals and a pair of assists. Returning first team All-Western New York players Allie Stewart (three goals and an assist) and Grace Gabriel (one goal and one assist) were the other Lancaster scorers. Senior Karli Pawlak made six saves for the win.
“Defensively we really focused on limiting their shots and making them work hard. I thought we did a very good job of that,” said Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri. “We were able to control the draw controls, 10-4, and that was important.”
Heidenreich stood out on draw controls for the Redskins.
Lancaster completed its Class A league schedule with a 6-0 record and has nonleague games against Lake Shore (Thursday), Amherst (Saturday) and Nichols (next Wednesday) before the sectional playoffs.
“Even though they’re nonleague games we take them very seriously and hopefully they’ll prepare us for the playoffs,” Buccieri said.
Lancaster took an early 2-0 lead and led, 6-2, at the half in a game that was not as close as the usual encounters between the rivals. Lancaster won three of the four previous games against Frontier – 10-9 and 5-4 (in the section Class A championship game) last season and 7-6 in their first meeting this season.
Silver Creek tops Akron
Silver Creek threw the boys lacrosse Class C league into a first-place tie by handing host Akron its first loss of the season, 20-15. Zeddie Williams led the Black Knights with 10 goals and five assists. Akron and Silver Creek are each 8-1 in Class C with one league game left to play. It would have been a three-way tie except that East Aurora (7-2) lost to Lake Shore, 16-11.
Silver Creek was rebounding from two straight losses, one to Class A power Orchard Park and the other to Class C rival East Aurora, 20-17, last Thursday.
Tommy Scanlan scored six times and Marvin Curry had four goals for Lake Shore, which is 7-3 in Class C divison play.
Depew wins softball title
Depew clinched the ECIC III softball title with a 10-5 triumph over rival Maryvale. Jessica Bernhard and Brooke Guay each went 3 for 4 for the Wildcats. Guay scored a pair of runs for the winners, who are 11-0 in division play with one game left on the schedule. Second-place Cheektowaga has lost twice.
Billies win in the 10th
Williamsville South, which once trailed, 7-0, scored three runs in the bottom of the 10th for a 13-12 softball victory over Iroquois in ECIC II. Winning pitcher Alyssa Presutti had the winning hit, a double with the bases loaded. Presutti had three hits and four RBIs and Melissa Magiera went 5 for 5 with three RBIs for the Billies. It was only the second division loss for Iroquois.
In baseball, Tyler Piasecki went 4 for 4 with three doubles and drove in three runs as Williamsville South (13-1, 9-1) maintained its hold on first place in ECIC II with a 6-3 win over visiting Iroquois. Steve Zaprowski pitched a six-hitter with nine strikeouts for the Billies, who are ranked fourth among Western New York large schools.
In Cornell Cup, Wes Olmsted of Hutch-Tech struck out nine in pitching the Engineers to a 6-0 triumph over McKinley. … Joe Denecke drove in a pair of runs with two doubles to lead da Vinci over I-Prep Grover, 10-2.
Another title for WSW
Brianna Colello and Megan Weireben were double winners for West Seneca West in a 78-63 victory over Lancaster, giving the Indians a fourth straight ECIC I girls dual meet track and field title with a 4-0 record. Colello won the 100 high hurdles in 15.9 seconds and the 400 intermediate hurdles in 1:07.8. Weireben won the 1,500 in 5:25.5 and the 3,000 in 12:03.2
“It was about our depth,” said West coach Pete Szymanski. “They won the 100 and 200 but we answered with a second and a third. We went 1-3 in the long jump and 2-3 in the triple jump.”
Ashley Grazen won both sprints, Jen Thill doubled in the triple jump and pole vault and McKenzie Kuehlewind swept the shot and discus for Lancaster.
In the boys meet, West Seneca West’s 4x400 relay won in 3:31.7 and Bill Adey took first in the 110 hurdles, high jump and triple jump to lead an 80-61 victory over Lancaster. Gregory Hart, Kalen Sullivan, James Tobias and John Rehner comprised the Indians’ winning quartet.