Barker streak ends
The outcome ended Barker’s 112-game (108-0-4) undefeated streak in the league. It was the first league loss for the Raiders since they fell to Medina, 3-1, on Sept. 13, 2005. That was the last year Barker did not win the N-O league championship.
Kenmore and Barker are tied for first place at 9-1, each with two league games left on the schedule. Barker won the previous meeting, 2-1, on a penalty corner after time had run out on Sept. 19.
Mathias scored on a pass across from Lindsay Palame and buried her shot.
After that “we held on,” said Kenmore coach Jeff Orlowski. “It was definitely nerve-wracking.”
The Kenmore team, made up of players from both Kenmore East and West, played Barker to a scoreless tie in 2012. Kenmore’s defense was led by Brianna Mathias, Kaeli’s identical twin sister. Mackenzie Hadaway registered the shutout.
Elsewhere in field hockey, No. 1 ranked Amherst had to go to a shootout to defeat Williamsville South, 1-0. The Tigers won the shootout, 3-1, as Jane Edgington, Megan Mallon, and McKenna Rushford found the net.
“It was our first opportunity to be in an overtime situation of any kind this season,” said Amherst coach Laurie LeGoff. “Our goalie Yanna Boggio was terrific.”
Crusaders on target
“The first set was close. We survived and really played well in the second and third sets,” said Canisius coach Tom Weislo.
Trevor Good had 17 kills for the Crusaders. Senior Brendan Blake hit .500 with 10 kills and freshman Griffin Schmidt had seven kills for a .778 percentage.
No. 1 Akron upset