A night for OT in field hockey
Both West Seneca East and Lancaster picked up their first wins of the field hockey season in overtime. West Seneca East came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Holland, 2-1, while Lancaster scored 15 seconds into overtime to defeat Williamsville North, 1-0.
The Trojans gave up a goal in the first three minutes of the game, but a goal by Kayla Maloney tied it in the first half. Hailey Whitney scored the game-winner four minutes into OT off an assist from Bianca Dolac. With their starting goalie out with a concussion, backup Briana Kepsur recorded nine saves, seven in the second half, to help West Seneca East (1-1) to the win.
For Lancaster (1-1) Allison Luksch scored 15 seconds into the extra period for the win while Melissa Stachowiak recorded the shutout.
"My girls talked strategy and it was a picture-perfect play going down the field," Lancaster coach Crystal Schunke said. "Right now what I'm loving about my team is they're playing a whole game. They're giving their all every second out there and playing aggressive."
Meanwhile, Iroquois improved to 2-0 with a 2-1 overtime win over Williamsville South. Meghan Fonfara scored with four seconds left in OT to give the Chiefs the win. Michala Osinski gave Iroquois a 1-0 lead in the first half while Williamsville South tied the game a goal by Mia Martin.
"It's an old rivalry we have with Will South and they're a very good team," said Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline. "We just played as hard as we could. It was a very intense game."
The Chiefs lost 10 seniors from a team that went 14-1-1 last year. And to be honest, Tonsoline wasn't quite sure what his team would look like this year.
"When you lose 10 seniors, where do you begin? The kids who are back have done a wonderful job of stepping up into their roles," Tonsoline said. "We have a tradition at Iroquois. There's no half-hearted efforts. The girls come out and play. We don't beat ourselves and I'm very proud of the kids and the program as a whole."
Andie Kaminski scored with four minutes left in overtime to give Pioneer a 2-1 win over Sweet Home.
Eden nabs volleyball win
It took a bit of time, but Eden found its groove against a tough Maryvale team, earning an ECIC boys volleyball win in three games, 25-22, 25-14, 25-18.
"It was pretty close in that first game," Eden coach Robert Pierce said. "We missed a lot of serves. We're trying to become a little more aggressive. We're not as big as other teams, but the more you miss serves, the more it keeps other teams in it.
"Maryvale is never an easy place to play. They always get a nice crowd with a lot of energy and they have a low ceiling. It takes some getting used to. Once we settled down we got our offense going."
Brad Meyer had eight kills and two aces while Ryan Vondell had three blocks and seven kills for Eden (2-1).
Barch nets hat trick for W. Seneca West
Matt Barch scored in the 89th minute to give West Seneca West a 4-3 overtime win over Jamestown in ECIC I boys soccer.
The Indians (4-1) built a 3-1 halftime lead, getting two goals from Barch, but watched it slip away in the second half. Barch scored again with 29 seconds left in OT.
St. Joe's and Canisius each grabbed one-goal wins in Monsignor Martin play. Marcus D'Aguiar scored in the 65th minute to give St. Joe's a 1-0 win over St. Francis. Alex Cancilla scored the game-winner for Canisius in a 1-0 win over Nichols.