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Iroquois notches 10th shutout

Pete Tonsoline doesn’t quite know what’s going on with his defense. But he’s not about to question it.

His Iroquois field hockey team recorded its 10th straight shutout Wednesday in a 9-0 win over Sweet Home.

“We lost our whole defense from last year,” Tonsoline said. “When you talk defense, you have to talk team defense and our forwards and midfielders do help out a lot. It’s become a total team concept. One thing with this group of girls, they don’t talk about individual things, they talk about team things. They just want to win and do the best they can. It’s quite unique.”

Megan Fonfara scored six goals in the win as the senior continues to improve after an early-season wrist injury.

“It was one of those nights where everything she shot went in,” Tonsoline said. “She’s starting to shake off that injury and today’s performance was real important for her to get that confidence back.”

St. Mary’s edges Eden

The St. Mary’s girls volleyball team can beat you in a number of ways. On Wednesday, it had to grind one out against visiting Eden, winning the nonleaguer in four games. The match was a battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked small schools in the WNY Coaches poll. It was the first meeting between the teams since St. Mary’s beat Eden in its own season-opening tournament.

Lancers coach Don Pieczynski said his team did not bring its A+ game, but managed to win a battle of wills. “It wasn’t free-flowing, it was more of a gritty match,” he said. “I told them we rode the roller-coaster. The kids took turns: one would get hot, and then they’d go cold. We couldn’t find that someone who had it going on. But that’s hard when you play a really good team.”

Jakki Steck had 13 kills, eight digs and six aces while Leah Meyer added 11 kills with four blocks for the Lancers, who play Cardinal O’Hara today.

WSW pulls out five-set win

Third-ranked West Seneca West overcame a flat start and inconsistent play to earn a five-set win over No. 5 Clarence in ECIC I boys volleyball.

After winning two of the first three sets, Clarence jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the fourth. But West Seneca West got going.

“We slowly clawed our way back to 13-13,” West Seneca West coach Brett Widman said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we started getting better passing and then we went on a roll.”

The Indians won that game, 25-20, then took advantage of a Clarence miscue to earn a 25-23 win in the deciding fifth game.

“Tonight was big ups and big downs,” Widman said. “It was just inconsistent for both teams. We did not play our best, but it says a lot that we were down 8-1 and were able to come back and tie it.”

Senior Dan Feeney had 11 digs and five aces while senior Josh Lund came off the bench in the second game to play the middle and had several key blocks.

West Seneca West improved to 12-2 overall.