Frontier wrapped up the Section VI Class A girls lacrosse league championship, holding off old nemesis Lancaster, 10-9. Coach Tim Myslinski's Falcons will try to complete the first undefeated regular season in the history of the sport at the school when it faces Niagara Falls in a Senior Day game Thursday.
Marissa Conerate scored three times including what proved to be the winning goal in Wednesday's victory. Katie Dlugosz had a pair of tallies for Frontier, which took a 10-7 lead with 3:42 to go, then had hold off the Legends.
Frontier and Lancaster have met in the Section VI playoffs every season starting in 2010. Lancaster won six of the seven sectional games. Since 2009 Lancaster has a 17-6 record against Frontier but 12 of the games were decided by one goal. Lancater has a 9-3 record against the Falcons in those one-goal games.
Wednesday's game was the closest call yet this season for Frontier. Before that the narrowest margin of victory was an 8-4 win over Lancaster.
"Going undefeated was not one of our goals, it was a bonus" Myslinski said. "It's not something we talked about, but eventually those games add up."
Frontier led 4-3 at the half, but Lancaster came out and scored three goals in a row to start the second half.
"It was bam... bam... bam," Myslinski said. "Lancaster was fired up and had a great game plan. I heard them in the warmup. I don't think we matched their intensity right away."
Strong midfield play, led by Savannah Gonsiorek, and the defense, led by Kiersten Curran helped hold off Lancaster's rally in the last three minutes.
"My midfield played really good today," Myslinski said.
Canisius baseball tops St. Francis
Michael Mazzara doubled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth and then came home with an insurance run when Nick McGillicuddy walked with the bases loaded as Canisius defeated St. Francis, 5-3, at Delaware Park and tightened the Monsignor Martin baseball race.
McGillicuddy, a senior who was the designated hitter for Canisius, is the grand nephew of long-time Canisius High coach, the late Connie McGillicuddy.
Mitch Rosati pitched a complete-game four-hitter for Canisius. None of the runs he allowed were earned. The Crusaders built a 3-0 lead when Jack Collins doubled home two runs in the second and Rosati tripled and scored on a hit by Alex Kurdziel in the third, but the Raiders rallied to tie the game.
Rosati has played center field, shortstop and third base for Canisius in addition to his role as starting pitcher.
"He's a tough kid who will battle you right to the very end," said Canisius coach Brian Tenney.
St. Mary's of Lancaster moved into first place with a 7-2 league record. Canisius and St. Francis are tied for second at 6-2.
"Our league is really solid this year," said Tenney, whose Crusaders have a return game at St. Francis on Friday.
Kenmore West ready for playoffs
Ben Cerano homered with two on base in the fifth inning, and three pitchers got the job done for Kenmore West in a 13-8 nonleague victory over Williamsville East. It was a last warmup game for the start of the Section VI playoffs. Senior Jake Pray, the second of the three Blue Devils pitchers, got the win. He pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the sixth inning.
Pray, better known as a hockey standout for Kenmore West, became a baseball starter this season for coach John Haynes after injuries set him back in previous seasons. He's helped the Blue Devils to a 14-5 record and a first-place finish in the Niagara Frontier League.
"I'm very proud of him," Haynes said. "The last three years he's been hurt. He actually broke into the lineup as the starting left fielder this year and is hitting over .300 and in spots comes in to pitch."
Olmsted girls go 14-0 in track
Olmsted completed an undefeated (14-0) championship season in Buffalo Public Schools girls track and field Wednesday by defeating McKinley, da Vinci and Lafayette in their quadrangular meet at All High Stadium. The Owls were led by triple winner Miquela Hunter (100,200, 300) and double winner Aaliyah Blanks (100 hurdles and long jump) and Emily Mogavero (800 and high jump).
It was the third City title in the last four years for Olmsted under coach Mark Orlando.
Newfane relays win in N-O meet
Newfane won the 4x400 relay and two individual events on the boys side and the 4x400 and the 3,000 meters run on the girls side on the first day of the Niagara-Orleans League Track and Field championships at Akron.
The Panthers' foursome of Reese Casinelli, Julian Nixon, Collin McCabe and Albert Kramp won in 3:35.71, almost four seconds faster than Albion. Jacob Licht in the discus and Samuel Auernhamer in the 3,200 were other Newfane boys winners.
Newfane's Kim Goerss won the 3,000 and ran on the Panthers' winning relay along with Kayleigh Daniels, Rachel Chunco and Renee Hulbert. Host Akron had first places from Amanda Swader in the discus and Jenna Robnett in the pole vault.
Wang wins ECIC singles title
Harry Wang of Williamsville North defeated Jonah Murphy of Sweet Home, 6-2, 6-2, to win the ECIC boys singles tennis championship at Lancaster. Joe Baudo of Williamsville North topped James McElhinny of Iroquois in the third-place match on a walkover when McElhinny had to withdraw due to an injury.
Noah Sayoc and Declan Watson of Orchard Park won the doubles, 6-4, 6-4, over Jason Berkun and J. Xiao of Williamsville East.