When Orchard Park defeated Lancaster, 7-6, earlier in the season it snapped the Quakers' 25-game losing streak in the girls lacrosse rivalry between the schools, a streak that dated back to 2006.
So, the Legends were a determined bunch on the return game between the Class A rivals Wednesday at Lancaster.
"Our girls couldn't wait for today's game," said Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri after her team's 19-9 triumph Wednesday. "The girls were really focused and did a nice job."
Orchard Park took an early 3-1 lead and Buccieri needed a timeout to settle her team.
"I reminded them what we had to do," Buccieri said. "Play basic. Make sure we're taking care of the ball and we're talking and communicating."
By halftime Lancaster was in control, 12-6, and allowed the Quakers only three goals in the second half.
"We did a good job on the draws. Last time we played them we didn't," Buccieri said.
Senior Alyssa Markowski led the victory with six goals, giving her 32 for the season. Jordan Rokitka, Stephanie Herrneiter and Kawla Rose scored three goals each for the Legends (9-2, 5-2 Class A). Lancaster trailed Frontier in the Class A standings. The teams will meet one more time at Frontier on May 17.
Mount St. Mary clinches title tie
Mount St. Mary clinched no worse than a tie for the Monsignor Martin Association girls lacrosse championship with an 8-5 triumph over Mount Mercy.
Margaret Marigold had three goals and an assist for the Thunder while Molly Meegan scored twice with one assist.
Mount St. Mary goalie Samantha Miller had eight saves. The Thunder will complete its regular season league schedule against Buffalo Seminary on Monday.
Eden softball clinches tie
Eden softball clinched no worst than a tie for the ECIC IV championship with a 5-1 triumph at second-place Cleveland Hill. The Raiders are 10-0 in division play with two games left on Monday against Holland. It was the second loss for Cleve Hill, both to Eden.
"We started our eighth-grade pitcher, Marissa Calloway," said Eden coach Marisa Fallacaro, who has three pitchers she can count on. "She got the win last time versus Cleveland Hill."
Calloway struck out seven and allowed just four hits.
The bottom of the Eden batting order did most of the damage in the victory. Stella Bialaszewski had two hits including a triple and Gabby Mohan contributed a two-run double.
The Raiders took advantage of Cleve Hill miscues to take an early 3-0 lead and Calloway stayed in control the rest of the way.
Depew wins 1-0 thriller in 10th
Depew first baseman Amy DiPirro fielded a suicide bunt attempt and threw to catcher Abby Tomarik, who tagged Autumn Farino out at the plate in the bottom of the 10th to preserve the Wildcats' 1-0 victory over Maryvale in ECIC III girls softball.
Depew pitcher Karsen Cotton finished it by getting her 11th strikeout. With the International Tie-breakder rule in force, Depew got its run in the top of the 10th. Tomasik moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a sacrifice fly to left by Jordan Petyk.
Cotton had to be sharp to win a pitching duel against Maryvale's Maddy O'Heir, who allowed only four hits in the loss.
First-place Depew is 9-0 in the division with three games left.
Lancaster streak at 10
Lancaster lost its ECIC I baseball opener to Williamsville North, but the Legends have won 10 straight in the division since then to stand in first place.
Wednesday, the Legends rolled past second-place Clarence, 10-1, behind the pitching of senior lefty Collin Reformat and an attack that included home runs by Leugim Castillo, Tony Brown and Max Giordano. Castillo's was his fifth of the season in league play.
Reformat struck out four and allowed four hits in 6.2 innings.
Kevin Walter, Connor Duck, Ben Damiani and Domenic Monti each had two hits in the Legends' attack.
"We came out strong and never looked back," said Lancaster coach Mark Dalfonso, whose team scored in each of the first three innings to build a 6-0 lead. "It's a good win for us," Dalfonso said. "Any type of success in Class AA is good because they're all great coaches and great teams."
Hernandez gets 100th hit
Anthony Hernandez collected his 100th career hit for Maryvale in a 4-1 win over Depew in their ECIC III game. Mark Bailey allowed no earned runs in pitching the complete game while Paul Tripi had an RBI triple for the Flyers (10-4, 8-3 ECIC III).
Honors leads Cup race
City Honors (7-2, 6-1 league), the defending Cornell Cup champion, strengthened its hold on first place among Division I teams with a 5-1 triumph over Olmsted at Johnnie B. Wiley Complex. Sophomore right-hander Ray Wasalewski pitched a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts for the Centaurs. A two-run single by Matt Cambria was the key hit in a three-run third inning for Honors that made it 5-1. Wasalewski allowed only one single after the Owls scored in the first inning. It was the second Cup loss for Olmsted.