The St. Mary's girls volleyball team got the season off to the best start possible, winning its own tournament among a loaded field.
Leah Meyer, Jacqueline Steck and Sam Giardina were named All-Tournament after they led the Lancers to a 25-22, 25-18 win over Orchard Park in the final of the 12-team event. St. Mary's eliminated Penfield in the semifinals, 27-25, 25-21 while the Quakers advanced with a win over defending champion Eden, 25-17, 25-23.
"It's a good start. We had some good character wins, we came from behind a few times, won some tight matches. I couldn't ask for anything more," said coach Don Pieczynski.
Pieczynski said Steck was consistent all day from the outside and hit at a high percentage. Giardina was "lights out" at libero and Meyer dominated at the net and had a number of blocks.
Williamsville East won the gold division while Wilson took top honors in the silver division.
Also making the all-tournament team was Noelle Poloncarz (Orchard Park), Maryellen Devic (Orchard Park), Emily Richards (Penfield), Lainy Pierce (Eden), Erica Moser (Williamsville East), Taylor Hite (Hamburg), Emily Hopkins (Williamsville North), Sydney Rojek (Frontier).
Lancaster won a big game on the road beating St. Joe's, 2-0. The nonleague contest featured last year's Class AA champion Redskins against St. Joe's, last year's winner of the Monsignor Martin Association as well as the No. 1 ranked large school in Western New York.
After a scoreless first half, senior forward Aaron Crane scored 30 minutes into the second half on an assist from Luke Loecher. Junior defenseman Alex Kaiser scored the Redskins' second goal off a corner kick with 12 minutes left. Jake Kaczor had seven saves for his second shutout in two days.
"The first half definitely wasn't our best, we were a little sluggish," said coach Chris Palmer. "We had a little talk at halftime and finally started to control the ball and we were more aggressive in the midfield. This was a game we wanted to set up last year. They've been doing well, and so have we, it was nice to test ourselves."
. Lockport made it three shutouts to start the season as they beat McDowell (Pa.), 3-0, to win the title of the 20th annual Lockport Boosters Tournament. It was the third title in a row for the Lions.
Andy Reid, later named the event's MVP, scored the first goal on a corner kick after he gathered in a loose ball in front. Mike Ford scored the second goal on an assist from Alex Reid. Junior Hunter Sherman scored his first goal as varsity player on an assist from Mike Ford coming off a corner kick from Jerry West.
Junior goalie Bailey Reid had the shutout, his second in a two days. "He was dynamite," said coach Jeff Hulshoff. "He made nine saves and he was on his game on a wet surface, plus the wet ball."
Making the All-Tournament was Lockport's Andy Reid, Jerry West, David Pollock and Kurtis Maloney, McDowell's Miguel Navarro, Luke Proncone and Tom Vercillo, St. Francis' Jason Jablonski and Sam Iggleston and Nichols' Peter Calleri and Seth Meyer.
. A quick start was the key for Canisius as the Crusaders blanked Williamsville North, 3-0, in the first round of the inaugural Canisius Soccer Tournament.
Mike Anders scored the first of his two goals about five minutes into the game.
"It was a great shot on the short side into the corner," Canisius coach Sam Belsito said. "It was a laser."
The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead at halftime and Paul Burgess recorded the shutout.
"Eric Rue at outside back did a good job for us and I liked the way our captain Jake Montante and Alex Cancilla played. They had a strong game and Paul came up with some big saves when we needed them."
Canisius will play Orchard Park in the championship at 3 p.m. today. The Quakers defeated Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 8-1. John Wellington had three goals for Orchard Park.
"We're looking forward to playing Orchard Park," Belsito said. "They're a strong squad and we haven't met them in a few years. We're a younger team and this will get us ready for our league games and a playoff run."
Williamsville North beat Lockport, 3-1, to win the Lockport Girls Soccer Tournament. Meredith Licata and Hannah Crofut had one goal and one assist each. In Friday's first round, North beat defending champion Nichols, 3-1. Crofut was named MVP of the event after she tallied three goals and three assists in both games. Nichols took the consolation with a 5-2 win over McDowell (Pa.). Val McNamara and Lauren Randaccio had two goals each as the Vikings improved to 3-2.
. East Aurora beat Section V host Aquinas, 2-1, in a nonleaguer. Taylor Potenza netted the game-winner with 3:40 left on an assist from Abby Robinson. Aggie Pijanowski had the first goal, which tied the game at 1-1.
"They have a great program, they just lost to two great teams 1-0 [Sutherland and Mercy]," said EA coach Tom Cashmore. "This was a big win for us. We tied them last year and beat them for the first time this year. We decided to go after them and that really changed the game, and we created our own chances."