The 2004 Washington State champions were no match for the Orchard Park boys' lacrosse team on Saturday. The Quakers got three goals each from midfielders Mike Bartlett and Tom Mitchell to hand visiting Mercer Island High School a 13-4 loss.
Greg Michael scored the first goal for OP to tie the game, 1-1, at the end of first quarter. The Quakers then scored 12 unanswered goals to deflate the visitors from the Seattle area. Mercer Island scored the game's final three goals. Goalkeeper Jordan Ellis had seven saves as OP moved to 4-0 overall.
"We played good team offense and controlled the ball off the faceoffs," said coach Gene Tundo. "Nick Brink and Brian Lally went 80 percent on faceoffs. We're ranked 22nd in the country by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. They're a pretty tight bunch and working hard."
Monsignor Martin Association: Dan Clifford pitched a one-hitter with seven strikeouts as Timon/St. Jude survived St. Francis, 2-1, in the league opener for both teams. The Tigers' Rick Finnigan singled home Brandon Caboot with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Sophomore Gary Schmelzer pitched six innings of two-hit ball as St. Mary's of Lancaster opened with a 12-1 win over Cardinal O'Hara. Adam Bistoff had a two-run triple and a two-run single for the Lancers. Steve Goehle drove in three runs with two hits.
ECIC II: Brennan Payne pitched a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts as Pioneer opened league play with a 1-0 win over Iroquois. Greg George singled with two out in the fourth to drive in the Pioneer run.
Track and Field
Maroon Classic: Host Orchard Park swept the boys and girls team titles at the Classic, which features all of the teams in Western New York with maroon in their school colors.
MVP Dan Schichtel (Eden), Matt Hanzlian (Maryvale) and Chris Murphy (OP) were double winners for the boys. Lisa Romano (Eden), Katelyn Kelly (OP) and MVP Amanda Bialkowski (OP) were girls double winners.