Laska goal lifts Timon
Bishop Timon-St. Jude needed a win. The fact the Tigers secured one against a nemesis from last year should be something to build on as the season progresses for coach Brian McNulty’s crew.
Tom Laska’s overtime goal lifted Timon to a 15-14 triumph over Canisius in Monsignor Martin High School Association boys lacrosse. Laska’s goal came during a man advantage with the Crusaders’ defense keying in on the shooters up top. Chris Watts earned the assist with a pin-point pass to Laska.
“They were pressing against our shooters up top; Tom was able to sneak into an open spot, they found him and he was able to go one on one with the goalie and sneak one past him,” McNulty said. “It’s big. We were kind of reeling after a couple early season losses. Losing to Canisius twice last year … we needed this psychologically. This was definitely big.”
Laska finished with four goals, while Neil Garder added four and two assists for the Tigers, which scored with under two minutes left to force overtime. Liam Grogan had three goals for Timon (2-5, 1-2).
St. Joe’s lacrosse wins
In a nonleague boys lacrosse contest, St. Joe’s prepped for Saturday’s heavyweight clash with state power Penn Yan of Section V by taking down another Rochester-area team in Aquinas, 13-10, at the Robert T. Scott Complex in a game called with 2:44 left due to lightning.
Kellen Pulera scored five times for the Marauders (5-3), while Blake Zachau had a goal and four assists and Hunter Parucki two goals and an assist. Lightning also halted play in the third quarter for an hour.
Legends blank OP
Lightning also forced an early conclusion to the baseball clash between ECIC I rivals Lancaster and Orchard Park.
The Legends earned their second big win in as many days over a league foe as they took down the Quakers, 4-0, in six innings at OP.
Leugim Castillo drove in three runs, including two with a run-scoring single in the first inning to back the strong pitching of Max Giordano, who tossed the complete-game three-hitter.
Lancaster (5-1, 3-1), the defending Section VI Class AA champion, beat Clarence on Wednesday and has one more big game on tap this week, against Williamsville North on Saturday. North handed Lancaster its lone loss.
Canisius bounced back from Wednesday’s home loss to St. Mary’s of Lancaster by routing the host Lancers, 12-0, in the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association. Brian Herrmann drove in three runs with two hits for the Crusaders (4-4, 2-1).
Milestone moment for Alden pitcher
Senior Brooke Strausbaugh went over 200 strikeouts for her career, as the third-year varsity pitcher fanned 10 during Alden’s 7-4 nonleague win at V-Batavia. Maddy Gadd went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Bulldogs (7-2).
Frontier handed previously unbeaten Clarence its second loss in as many days as the Falcons triumphed 4-3 in game shortened to five innings due to lightning. Camryn Adimey went 2 for 3 with two RBIs for the Falcons (5-3, 4-2).