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A pair of goals by Stephanie Sass and four assists from Chantae Miller led defending champion Williamsville North to a 5-1 victory over Orchard Park for the Section VI Class A field hockey championship Wednesday night in Veteran's Park in Medina.

Sass scored late in the first half and early in the second. Both goals came on what coach Kris LaPaglia called "beautiful deflections" of passes from Miller.

Miller also assisted on goals by Claire Hourihan and Sarah Doster.

Ainslie Stoll scored an unassisted goal for the Spartans, and Hourihan also got an assist on Doster's goal.

Freshman goaltender Nicole Lewis made seven saves and was beaten only by the Quakers' Anna Bailey, who cut the score to 2-1 just before halftime.

"It was a tremendous team effort. . . . Every kid had to step up and play the game," said LaPaglia. "The games become so much more quicker on that (artificial) surface. Both teams had a tremendous amount of speed."

Williamsville North won in the regular season, 6-0.

The Spartans (17-1-1) will play Penfield of Section V at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Far Western Regionals at Medina.

Girls swimming

Nardin's Natalie Lewis won two individual events and took part in two record-setting relays to lead the Gators to their sixth straight victory in the All-Catholic championships in the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center.

"She's a heck of a swimmer. . . . She just never seems to let pressure get to her," said Nardin coach Kevin Farmer of the sophomore voted MVP by meet officials.

Lewis set an All-Catholic record (53.44 seconds) in the 100-yard freestyle and was on the 200 medley (1:54.38) and 400 free (3:41.57) relay teams that also set meet records. She also won the 50 free (24.50).

Farmer said the most impressive victory was posted by the 400 team (Jordan Deren, Julie Gielowski, Sara Sciarrino and Lewis), which shattered its own 2003 record by 9.03.

Deren (500 free) and Erin Hanley (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke) also won individual events for Nardin.

Other winners included Holy Angels' Hilary White (200 free) and Emily Ciraolo (100 butterfly), and Buffalo Seminary's Ashley Olsen (100 back).

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