Canisius wins soccer crown
A Canisius win, combined with a Nichols loss, gave Canisius the regular season championship in Monsignor Martin Association soccer.
Visiting Canisius edged rival St. Joe's, 2-1, while St. Francis surprised Nichols, 2-1, on Monday. The Crusaders also secured the top seed going into the All-Catholic playoffs.
The Crusaders scored twice in the first half to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Junior defender Peter Roehmholdt scored the first goal of his varsity career on a corner kick. Mac Garner, one of only two sophomores on the roster, scored two minutes later off a header. St. Joe's scored in the second half but Canisius goalkeeper Max Kilb kept St. Joe's off the board the rest of the way.
"The kids are starting to play their best soccer of the year," said coach Sam Belsito. "They are moving the ball well and communicating. The game got physical and they stuck their nose in there and remained composed. It didn't detour them from what they were trying to accomplish."
The Crusaders (13-2, 7-1) will put their four-game winning streak on the line Wednesday when they host Nichols at 4:30 p.m. at Koessler Field in West Seneca. Nichols handed Canisius its only league loss, 1-0.
In the St. Francis win, David Keller scored the game-winning goal.
West Seneca East and Falconer won close games to advance out of the first round of the Section VI tournament. The Trojans won on penalty kicks, 4-3, to eliminate Iroquois. Sam Garver scored the game-winner in Falconer's 2-1 win over Roy-Hart.
North captures title
The Williamsville North field hockey team beat West Seneca West, 5-0, to clinch its fifth consecutive the ECIC large school title. Emily O'Gorman had three goals giving her eight this season and sophomore goalkeeper Jess Wess had the shutout. Wess ended the regular season as the large school leader in shutouts with 11.
Next up for the Spartans (14-1-1) is the Section VI Tournament. The Class A quarterfinal features four games on Thursday. The defending Class A champion Spartans will open with a home game against Kenmore West at 3 p.m. North has won four of the five last titles.
Kaitlin Butler leads the Spartans with 16 goals and Allie Ahern has 14.
"The scoring is so diversified. If somebody is having an off game, I've got five-six kids who have been doing a nice job and can contribute to the scoring," said North coach Kris LaPaglia. "It's not that they expect to win, they take it one game at a time, and they want to win and keep going on."
Williamsville South is the top seed in the 11-team Class B bracket. Play begins on Wednesday with three quarterfinal games.
Barker is the top seed in the six-team Class C bracket, which begins play on Friday with two quarterfinal games.
Starpoint extends streak
The first long-term season goal for Starpoint is in the books.
The Spartans girls volleyball team (16-0, 12-0) put the final touches on an undefeated division record beating Iroquois, 25-11, 25-18, 25-15. The win clinched the team's seventh consecutive division title: the last five in ECIC II and two in the Niagara-Orleans League. Katelyn Musall led the team in service points with 13. Veronica Crosby had 12 service points and 12 kills and Sam Palka added 10 kills.
Starpoint will host St. Mary's tonight in a varsity-only match starting at 5 p.m. "Our first long-term goal was another undefeated season. Now we're looking toward sectionals," said coach Sue Rexford. "St. Mary's will give us good preparation for that."
Frontier (13-1) beat Jamestown in three games to earn a share of the ECIC I title with Lancaster.