Win hurts for Pioneer
The Pioneer field hockey team beat Williamsville East, 2-1 in overtime, on Monday in what could easily be described as a painful victory. Panthers coach Jana Landahl could have used that phrase after senior Becca Lambert scored eight minutes into the extra session. The veteran coach of 27 seasons was holding some hockey balls in her hands at the time. She threw them to the ground and as she tried to run onto the field in celebration, she immediately fell to the ground with an apparent ruptured Achilles tendon.
“It felt like I had been shot in the back of the leg. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t walk and the pain was intense,” said Landahl, who went for immediate medical attention. “This is just ridiculous, and I’m not old, sorry, this is just not right.”
Pioneer (12-4-1) advanced to the Class B semifinals on Wednesday against Amherst at Amherst at 5:30 p.m.
Senior McKensey Horrigan scored her seventh goal of the season for Pioneer in the first half. It looked as though her goal might stand up, but Williamsville East trickled a goal in with just 34 seconds left to tie it and force OT. Lambert got a pass across from freshman Brittany Baker, pulled it to the right and blasted a shot past the goalkeeper.
Landahl’s right foot was in a boot late Monday night. She has every intention of returning to the field on Wednesday. She has an appointment with an orthopedic on Thursday. “The girls told me to get some ice and they’d see me tomorrow at practice. I was hearing my own words,” said Landahl. “I’ve got a young team and some of them are super-sassy. I’ll never hear the end of this.”
Sisters Missy and Megan Mallon and McKenna Rushford had two goals each as Amherst moved to 17-0 with an 8-0 win over Starpoint. The Tigers’ defense gave up just four shots and the balanced offense saw five different players score.
Fonfara breaks scoring mark
Meghan Fonfara became the Iroquois field hockey’s all-time scoring leader with a three-goal effort during a 6-0 win over West Seneca East in the Class B quarterfinals. The record for most goals in career had been 91, held since 2003 by Kelly Johnson, the current coach at West Seneca West.