St. Joe’s scored a lacrosse victory Saturday that is sure to get a lot of attention, an 11-4 victory over Finger Lakes power Penn Yan.
Penn Yan is only 5-5 this season, below par for the Mustangs but they own victories a decisive victory over St. Francis and a 5-4 triumph over Clarence. The defending state Class C runners-up, Penn Yan had won 15 straight over Western New York opposition since a 15-8 loss to Silver Creek in the Far West Regionals in 2011. The Mustangs also lost to Clarence that season.
“Our second half was almost perfect,” said St. Joe’s coach Peter Hudecki, whose team is 6-3 for the season with three losses coming during a spring break trip to Long Island, Delaware and Virginia. “Every aspect of the game we played phenomenal. We’re going in the right direction at the right time. I love it.”
Senior captain Jack Lalley had three goals and an assist in the Marauders’ victory and Kellen Pullera also had three goals.
Midfielder Hunter Parucki had two goals and an assist.
“He’s just a freshman but you couldn’t ask any more from him,” Hudecki said.
Defensive standouts was senior defender Zack Deakin. “He held their top scorer to one shot on goal, zero goals and one assist,” Hudecki said.
St. Joe’s wins Wolf baseball
With four baseball games coming up this week, St. Joe’s pitching depth will be put to the test.
Four Marauders pitchers combined in a double victory Saturday – over Clarence and McQuaid Jesuit of Rochester as St. Joe’s won its Joe Wolf Tournament at the Robert Scott Complex.
Left-hander Collin Miller pitched five-plus innings to get win in a 3-2 triumph over Clarence. Alex D’Anniballe got four outs for the save.
St. Joe’s erupted for 11 runs with nine hits in the sixth inning to break open a tight game against McQuaid. Right-hander Robert Principe started and allowed only one run in five innings, leaving a tie game. Thomas Conway got the win in relief.
Mark Gilbert’s two-run double was the only extra-base hit in the Marauders’ big inning. Nick Falbo, Dennis Gagliardo and Justine Genneve had two hits each for the winners.
Gavin Collura went 3 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI in the opener.
West Seneca West swept both the boys and girls team titles in its own WSW Invitational, which saw several meet records erase.
Alex Borzillieri’s meet record 22.78 in the 200 meters and his first in the 400 led West Seneca West to the boys title. The Indians, who had 102 points, also got first places from Daniel Sudyn in the 110 hurdles and Alex Eastman in the pole vault. Alex Buczynski of Canisius set a meet record with a leap of 21-8 in the long jump.
The individual star of the girls’ meet was sophomore Nia Stevens of Tapestry Charter. She won the 100 (12.82 meet record) , 200 (25.49 meet record) and 400 (101.04) races and anchored the winning 4x100 relay, which won in a meet record 50.73. Naveah Parker, Taylor Hunt and Kim Bostic also ran for Tapestry. Tapestry had held the meet record of 50.82 set in 2015 with Stevens running as an eighth-grader.
Anna Rybczynski led West Seneca West to its victory in the girls meet. She broke her own record in the 3,000 meters with 10:41.29. Her previous mark was 10:53.38 last year. Emma Larkman (5:04.31 in the 1,500 meters) and the 4x800 relay were other first-places for West Seneca West girls.
Warrior depth prevails
Cheektowaga’s balanced among the relays, throws and jumps gave the Warriors the boys team title while Lancaster’s strength in the throws led it to first place on the girls’ side Saturday at the Depew Wildcat Relays.
Although Cheektowaga won only the shuttle hurdle relay (Rhyan Riggs, Eric Bartnik, Andrew Reichert and Lamar Reeves) the Warriors piled up 22 points by finishing second to Niagara Falls in the 4x200 and 4x800 races and third in the 4x400, also won by Niagara Falls. The Warriors had 78 points. Lockport and Niagara Falls were next with 52 each.
A double by Brianna McKenzie in the discus (127-0) and shot put, 37-6.75 led Lancaster to the girls team title with 70 points. The Legends also had firsts in the 4x400 relay (Morgan Foster, Maria Wild, Sydney Burgard, Julia Vanaskie) and team high jump as they rolled up 70 points, 19 more than runner-up Williamsville North.
Kellen Martin of Cattaraugus-Little Valley won 110 and 400 hurdles and long jump in the Dunkirk Invitational on Friday night. Hamburg won the boys’ title with 93.50 points, while Orchard Park, led by Jenna Crean’s victories in the 100 and 400, took the girls title with 93.50 points. A double winner was Rachel Donner of Iroquois in the discus and shot put.
Damiani’s hit decides
Ben Damiani hit a single over the left-fielder’s head with the bases full in the bottom of the seventh to give Lancaster a 7-6 triumph over Williamsville North in ECIC I. The Legends (4-1) moved ahead of North (6-2) in the division race.
Clarence (7-1) leads the tight division race. Leugim Castillo (2 for 2) and Tony Brown hit home runs for Lancaster. Josh Surowiec went 4 for 4 with a home and a double for the losing Spartans.
St. Mary’s wins title
St. Mary’s of Lancaster capped a big week by winning the Aquinas Tournament in Rochester, and the Lancers did by beating Canisius for a second time in three meetings in four days, 11-5.
Ben Mazurowski pitched the complete game victory, Alex Bish went 3 for 4 and Joe Barberio drove in four with a pair of doubles for the Lancers (6-1). Frank Propis pitched the win over host Aquinas, 3-1, and Zach Penksa had two doubles for St. Mary’s.