Defending Monsignor Martin Association girls lacrosse champion Sacred Heart cruised into the final on Tuesday with a 17-5 win over Buffalo Seminary in a semifinals game played at Niagara University.
Remmi Zaefpel had five goals while Jenna Tomizzi added four with two assists for the Sharks.
In the other semifinal, Mount St. Mary earned a return trip to the title game, 18-7, over Nardin.
Katie Meegan had four goals and four assists and Marielle Buffamonte added four goals.
The Thunder (12-2) and Sharks will play for the title back at Niagara at 6 p.m. Thursday. Sacred Heart won last year’s game, 8-6, snapping the Mount’s eight-year winning streak.
The teams split their two games during the regular season to share that title.
Elsewhere, 11 different players scored as No. 1 seeded and two-time defending Class B champion Hamburg eliminated No. 8 Williamsville South, 18-5, in a quarterfinal. Sophomore Claire Herrmann led the way with three goals giving her 48 for the season. Hannah Fredriksen won seven draw controls and had three ground balls and Jill Ford added two goals and had seven caused turnovers.
The Bulldogs (10-6) advance to the Thursday’s semifinals where they will host West Seneca East.
“The kids are playing great,” said coach Katy Ryan. “Our last regular season game we lost to Lancaster, 10-9, and we had two chances to win in the last 13 seconds. They’re playing almost to their best right now I would say.”
Felicia Suto had four goals to reach 115 in her career as West Seneca East beat Niagara-Wheatfield, 13-11, in a Class B quarterfinal. Senior attack Elena Osmanski also netted four goals to surpass 100.
Williamsville East, led by goalie Julinna Panepento, eliminated Iroquois, 14-10, in Class B quarterfinal. Panepento had 15 saves and got support offensively from Kara Marzo and Brooks Melnyk, who had four goals each. The Flames (13-3) will travel to rival Williamsville North on Thursday at 4:45 to play in the semifinals.
Akron boys lax advances
The high-scoring Akron boys lacrosse team moved one step to closer to a third consecutive appearance in the Class C final with a 21-3 quarterfinal win over visiting Gowanda.
Junior Larson Sundown, who averages approximately 10 points per game, had six goals and five assists. Zak Hayes added four goals and five assists. The Tigers (13-2) average 20 goals per game. Gowanda goalie Brody Jimerson had 22 saves.
N-O crowns track champs
Forrest Harper won the 100 and 200 for the Medina boys as the Niagara-Orleans League Track & Field Championships concluded the two-day meet at Roy-Hart.
Barker had a double winner as Jacob Haight took the high jump and long jump. Medina’s Anthony Pane won the 1600 and was on the winning 4x800 relay.
For the girls, Abby Squicciarini of Albion won the 100, 200 and led off the winning 4x100. Akron’s Gina Henley won the 100 hurdles, the 400 meters and ran the leadoff leg of the winning 4x800 relay.
The West Seneca West, Lancaster and Frontier girls track teams finished as tri-champions of ECIC I. West beat Orchard Park, 81-60, to clinch its share of the crown.
It’s the fifth year in a row West has either won or shared of the title. Senior Abby Jankowski has been on all five teams. She represented the Indians last year in the state meet in the 800.
The Cheektowaga 4x400 relay of Tim Whelan, Noah McGhee, Jack Behlmaier and Cobe Walenka ran a 3:29 to take over first place in the WNY during a 102-34 win over Amherst.
West softball sweeps East
Kenmore West beat rival Kenmore East, 8-1, to sweep the season series. Adriana King and Ashlyn Kaczmarek had two hits and two RBIs each in the game that was a continuation from earlier this week.