Jack Lalley scored the tying goal with 2:43 left and Kellen Pulera got the game winner with an assist from Blake Zachau with 2:09 to go as St. Joe's edged Canisius, 8-7, and wrapped up the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association boys lacrosse regular season championship Tuesday on the Marauders' home Field.
St. Joe’s is 6-0 in league play with two games left. The other Monsignor Martin league teams all have at least three losses. The league playoffs will begin May 23 with the championship game at Canisius College at 7:30 p.m. on May 25.
Lalley, an All-Western New York hockey player, had three goals and scooped up five ground balls for St. Joe’s. Casey Kelly added three goals and Hunter Parucki had a goal and two assists.
Canisius got off three shots in the remaining time but could not tally. St. Joe’s regained possession and was able to run off the final 10 seconds and claim a sweep of the regular season against the rival Crusaders.
"Mike Greco was good on defense and P.J. Goss had a great game on defense. Louis Surace did a good job of clearing the ball," St. Joe’s coach Peter Hudecki said. Goalie Jalen Lee had seven saves.
Max Vitale had four goals for Canisius while goalie Dan Lafferty stood out with 17 saves.
Clarence lax tops OP
Jake Bowman scored the winning goal with about 2 1/2 minutes to play go give Clarence an 9-8 victory over Orchard Park Tuesday night on the Red Devils’ home field.
There was a time, a dozen or so years ago, when Orchard Park used to dominate the Red Devils, winning by scores such as 15-1 and 14-2. Clarence is one of the few opponents that has had any recent success against the Quakers. Clarence won five of the lst 17 games in the rivalry between the Class AA schools.
"It was a very hard-fought, physical game," said Clarence’s second-year head coach Charles Warkenthien.
Clarence trailed 6-3 in the third quarter but rallied to tie the game. Orchard Park took a 7-6 lead into the fourth quarter. Kyle Harsch’s goal tied the game at 8-all for Clarence before Bowman got his second of the game to win it.
"Our goalie Andy Avarello played tremendous - 18 saves," Warkenthien said.
The Red Devils also got strong defensive games from midfielders Angelo Cammilleri, who also had two assists, and Ben Langlotz. Both are juniors. Senior long-stick midfielder Brett Naylor was another standout.
It was the third straight one-goal game for Clarence, which lost to Lancaster, 9-8, in overtime and defeated Niagara Wheatfield, 8-7, in its two previous starts. Earlier, the Red Devils lost close games to Hamburg (6-4) and Penn Yan of Section V (5-4).
"The kids are starting to learn how to win," Warkenthien said.
Clarence has the best record (3-1) among Section VI Class A schools. Orchard Park is 1-1 and Lancaster
East Aurora girls top Eden
The girls Class D lacrosse showdown between East Aurora and Eden turned into a defensive struggle with the Blue Devils holding on for a 5-4 victory to remain undefeated (6-0) in Section VI league play.
Allison Kasprzyk (three goals) and Fiona Kavcic (two) took care of all the scoring for East Aurora, which has two league games remaining. Kacie Pierce had 10 saves for the winners, who saw Eden narrow the deficit to one goal witha tally inthe final minute. East Aurora was able to run out theremaing time, however.
"Our goalie was on fire and their goalie was on fire," said East Aurora coach Chris Schutrum. "My team is really plaing so well together. We have 12 seniors and msot of them have been with me for three years. They finally got it all put together."
East Aurora never had lost to Eden until the teams split two regular season meetings. East Aurora won 8-6 in the first game between the teams this season. Both of Eden's league losses were to EA.
"They are getting better and better. We've had two exciting games with them," Schutrum said of Eden.
Wilson’s Bender is perfect
Senior right-hander John Bender of Wilson pitched a perfect game in an 11-0 victory over Roy-Hart in a showdown between the top two baseball teams in the Niagara-Orleans League. Bender struck out 10 and allowed no balls to be hit out of the infield in pitching his first no-hitter.
As a junior Bender no-hit Barker for six innings "before I had to pull him," said Wilson coach Mark Kurtz. "Today, he was in total command with all his pitches right from the beginning. He throws hard. He throws a curve and knuckleball, three pitches."
When he's not on the mound, Bender plays shortstop and even catcher for the Lakemen.
At the plate he's "batting close to .700," Kurtz said.
In Tuesday's victory Bender went 4 for 4 with his fourth homer of the season, a double and three RBIs. Jackson Rotella had two hits, one a double, for Wilson.
Wilson is 6-2 in league play while Roy-Hart is now 4-3. The teams will meet again on Friday at Roy-Hart.
Quakers edge North
Orchard Park scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead and went on to a 5-3 triumph over visiting Williamsville North in ECIC I.
Adam Riter's double off the fence sent home the tying run in the sixth. Hunter Filsinger then singled home Riter with the winner.
Sophomore Josh McTigue pitched the first six innings for the Quakers before senior Jordan Lewis came on to get the save, setting down the Spartans in order in the seventh. North got to McTigue for three runs in the top of the third, but he settled down after that.
Like mosts teams, Orchard Park (6-4 ECIC I) has a busy week with division games coming up against Frontier, Clarence and a doubleheader with Hamburg on Friday and then a non-league twin bill agaisnt St. Francis in the morning and St. Joe's in the afternoon on Saturday. The Quakers played West Seneca West in a league game on Monday.
"Fortunately, I've got a lot of pitchers," Orchard Park coach Jim Gibson said. "It's tough trying to play half your season this week. We have Senior Day coming up Friday and it seems like we just started the season."
Cybart twins lead Fredonia win
Twin sisters Hannah and Caitlyn Cybart combined to help produce two runs in the bottom of the seventh for Fredonia in a 3-2 CCAA West 1 softball victory over Southwestern.
The visiting Southwestern Trojans took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth but the Hillbillies rallied in the seventh. Katie Webster reached on an error to start the inning moved around to third on a wild pitch and sacrifice. Hannah Cybart's double brought Webster home with the tying run. She was sacrificed to third and scored on Caitly Cybart's single.
Hannah Cybart pitched a five-hitter with six strikeouts as Fredonia remained undefeated, 8-0 overall and 7-0 in league play.
No-hitter for Lux
Springville's Austin Lux pitched a no-hitter in the 13-0 first game, as the Griffins swept an ECIC IV doubleheader from JFK. Lux struck out eight. Ian Baker went 4 for 4 for Springville, which won the second game, 14-3, with Lux going 3 for 3 with an RBI and Austin Coon getting two hits, including a triple, for two RBIs.