Frontier tops No. 1 Lancaster

Renee Bartosz’s goal with five minutes left turned out to be the game-winner for No. 2 Frontier in a 9-8 victory over No. 1 Lancaster Tuesday in a showdown between the top two girls lacrosse teams in Western New York according to the LaxPower computer rankings. Bartosz’s goal gave the host Falcons a three-goal advantage, just enough to hold off the defending Section VI Class A champions.

Goals by Anna Orlando, her second of the game, and Allie Stewart, her third, brought Lancaster to within one.

“After their last goal with 67 seconds left on the clock, we won the draw and ran the time out,” said Frontier coach Tim Myslinski. “It was a total team effort by my girls. They gave everything and then some. I’m proud every day to be their coach, but even more so today.”

The ECIC I rivals have met eight times in the last three seasons and six of the games were decided by one goal including the last two sectional Class A championship games. Lancaster is 4-2 against Frontier in those one-goal decisions.

Hannah Lease had two goals and an assist for Frontier while Jackie Dufresne and Lexi Rockey each had a pair of goals; Taylor Izzo one goal and two assists, and Hannah Kennedy had a single tally. Tabytha Smith made 12 saves.

Grace Gabriel had one goal and four assists for the losing Redskins while goalkeeper LarissaKate Robinson had seven saves.

The outcome left each at 6-1 in Division I, each with one game to play. Also it ended an 11-game win streak by Lancaster against Division I opponents dating back to 2012.

Juhasz goal wins for Lancaster

Alex Juhasz scored with 38 seconds left in regulation to give Lancaster an 11-10 victory over visiting Clarence, ending the Red Devils’ nine-year dominance in the boys lacrosse rivalry between the schools. The loss dropped Clarence (8-2) behind Orchard Park (8-1) in the Section VI Class A League standings. Lancaster is 7-3 in league play and 10-4 overall. Clarence had won 14 straight over Lancaster, including a 9-7 triumph earlier this season.

Matthew Malecki scored four goals and had two assists for the Redskins, while Ethan Napieralski (two goals, three assists, Juhasz (two goals, assist), Brandon Buscaglia (two goals) and Jacob Recor (one goal) joined the scoring.

Steve Weppner had four goals and Nick Godin three for Clarence.

“We played them close the first time but ran out of gas,” said Lancaster coach Dave Mazur. “This time we were able to hang on. In that game Lexi Oakes killed us with four goals. We concentrated on stopping him today and held him to one goal.”

Eden teams win

Junior Carly Nasca stood out both games at bat and in the pitching circle as Eden swept an ECIC IV softball doubleheader from Holland, 7-0 and 10-0. Nasca hit a two-run homer in the first game and struck out 10. She pitched a no-hitter in the second game which went five innings, getting 13 of the 15 outs via strikeouts.

Eden (11-0, 11-0 ECIC IV) can wrap up the division title by beating Alden today. An Alden win would throw the division into a tie for the championship.

In baseball, Eden’s David Baskerville shut out Holland on three hits, striking out four as the visiting Raiders stayed in front in ECIC IV with two games remaining. Baskerville had a single and a triple and scored twice while batterymate Jake Schlegel went 2 for 4 with two runs.

“We’re in a good position, but we can’t take our remaining games against Alden and Holland lightly,” said Eden coach Eric Cooper, whose team owns a half-game lead over Tonawanda. “The way I look at it, we have to win out.”

Elsewhere in girls softball, winning pitcher Maria Gabriele went 3 for 3 with a double and triple and drove in four runs for Sacred Heart in an 11-1 Monsignor Martin victory over St. Mary’s. Gabriele pitched a three-hitter for the Sharks (12-4, 8-1).

35-year-old record falls

Anneliese Bienko threw the shot 38 feet, 5 inches to break the Clarence school record for girls in a 96-45 victory over Orchard Park. The previous record of 38-2 by Donna Galmbacher had stood since 1979.