Fields sets goal standard
Bishop Timon-St. Jude junior Connor Fields broke the state record for goals in a season today with his six-goal effort, giving him 112 for the season, in the Tigers’ 20-1 home victory over Nichols in the Monsignor Martin Association semifinals.
Fields surpassed the mark of 108, which was set by Billy Kurisko of Nanuet in 1986.
Fields also had five assists while Lewis Vaccaro had four goals in Tuesday’s game.
Timon has one more game locally with the possibility of another. The Tigers will meet St. Joe’s – which beat St. Francis, 14-11, today – on Tuesday for the Monsignor Martin title (time and location to be announced).
The Monsignor Martin champion will advance to the state Catholic championships downstate, against a representative from Long Island or Westchester.
The Marauders received balanced scoring as Michael Hubert and Dominic Perna, each scoring three goals, while Mark Nasca added two in their win over St. Francis. Henry Frohm, who was brought up from junior varsity for the postseason, added a goal for Joe’s.
OP girls lax edges Lockport
Orchard Park advanced to face top-seeded Lancaster on Thursday after Emily Markarian whistled in the winner with 1:15 remaining to push the Quakers past Lockport, 12-11, in the Class A girls lacrosse semifinals.
Thursday will be the third matchup of the season for the Quakers and Redskins, who easily controlled the first two meetings.
“Our kids played their hearts out and are really excited right now,” OP coach Bridget Callahan said.
Markarian scored three goals while Tori Lucci, Meg Smith and Sydney Potenza had two goals each. Jill Golding scored five goals for Lockport.
Shannon Pelitera and Jackie Daven led Mount St. Mary’s to the Msgr. Martin Association finals with a dominant 18-3 triumph over Buffalo Seminary. Pelitera scored six goals and two assists, while Daven recorded 12 saves for the Thunder.
Wilson knocks out Honors
Wilson is a prime example of how fortunes can change in the baseball playoffs.
Wilson finished 4-10 in Niagara-Orleans play but managed to upset No. 1 seeded City Honors, 5-2, in the Class B-2 quarterfinals. Chris Reid and Mike Thompson combined for a two-hitter and 11 strikeouts against the Centaurs, the favorite in B-2.
Despite the fact Wilson lost three consecutive one-run games near the end of the regular season, the team gained confidence. The No. 9 seed scored 18 runs in a prequarterfinals triumph Monday over Cleveland Hill.
“This is nice, real nice,” Wilson coach Mark Kurtz said. “We were finally able to string a couple of complete games together.”
Reid added to his cause with two hits while Hunter Howland added a pair including a double.
Tirone leads Will South
A pitchers’ duel stretched into extra innings and ended in dramatic fashion as Williamsville South downed rival Williamsville East, 1-0, in a Class A-1 softball quarterfinal matchup.
The Billies Stephanie Tirone hit a solo home run in the eighth, but the Flames tried to rally in the bottom half of the inning. Alyssa Persutti walked a batter with two outs and the runner moved into scoring position on a delayed steal of second. Then, a screaming line drive was hit to South left fielder Megan Mingle. The ball tipped off Mingle’s glove but she alertly caught the ball with her bare hand to end the game.
Persutti went all eight innings and recorded four strikeouts for the Billies.
Grand Island’s Alley Cutting fired a no-hitter while striking out 16 and walking only one as the Vikings moved on to the Class A-1 semifinals by shutting out Kenmore East, 4-0. Melissa Gibson and Leah Geis added triples for Grand Island.
Coppola wins title
Canisius finished with two of the top three players in the All-Catholic boys tennis championships, led by freshman Ryan Coppola, who finished the season unbeaten.
In the singles finals, Coppola defeated Gow’s Will Hobbs, 7-6, 6-4.
The Crusaders’ Jake Stearns won the consolation round over Zach Miller of Gow, 6-4, 0-6, 7-5, and in the doubles final St. Joe’s Mark Giangreco and Josh Bassig defeated Mark Steinig and Dan Celani of Canisius, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.