St. Mary's volleyball prevails
A well-armed St. Mary's girls volleyball team outlasted Sacred Heart in four games on Monday in the Monsignor Martin Association. Lauren Wesolowski (15 kills), Jessica Warner (11 kills) and Olivia Zureck won the rematch between last year's playoff finalists.
"They just couldn't hit with us, we've got some pretty good arms," said St. Mary's coach Don Pieczynski, whose team moved to 5-1. "Both teams were tired [from playing weekend tournaments] so it wasn't as sharp of a match as it should have been. It wasn't an easy-flowing match."
Hamburg volleyball wins in 5
Sophomore Eric Moscato had 14 kills as top-ranked Hamburg needed five games to beat Clarence in ECIC I boys volleyball. The Bulldogs improved to 7-1 overall, 4-0 in ECIC I.
North field hockey unbeaten
Top-ranked and undefeated Williamsville North survived a scare, beating Lancaster, 2-1, in an ECIC field hockey game played in a downpour. Allie Ahern gave North a 1-0 lead when she scored her eighth goal of the season. Corrin Genovese followed to make it 2-0. Lancaster's Alaina Mercado cut the lead in half with a goal at 1:56 left.
"We just didn't finish," said North coach Kris LaPaglia, whose team moved to 5-0. "They played really well, no doubt, but when you get 20 shots and only put two in . . . I'm still happy with the win. At least we had the offensive power to keep the ball up there."
Iroquois' defense delivered its fifth shutout in six games with a 1-0 blanking of host Williamsville South. Camille Audette scored the game's only goal on an assist from Rachel Morganti with about 14 minutes left in the game. Grace Kinsella earned her third shutout as the Chiefs (5-1) won their third game in a row.
Eagles' Widmer scores five
Lake Shore hasn't had a lot to cheer about lately, but that changed on Monday. After three winless seasons in ECIC II, the Eagles rode the five-goal performance of Brandon Widmer and beat Hamburg, 6-3. Widmer, a junior forward, now has seven goals this season.
"To win was something and to win by Brandon's scoring five goals I guess was more than we expected today," said coach Bob Mahany. "He was receiving some nice passes from his teammates, they set him up pretty well. Brandon is a junior with a good amount of ability. He's been giving a great effort lately."
Steve Crawford earned his sixth shutout in seven games as Williamsville South edged rival Williamsville East, 1-0, in boys soccer. "He made a couple big saves in the first half, that's for sure," said South coach Pete Sugg. "South versus East -- that's always going to be a tough game."
Max Mangold scored on an assist from Dan Rosenbloom-Jones with 11 minutes left in the game. The Billies improved to 6-0-1.
Depew's Banasik nears record
Depew girls soccer senior forward Rachael Banasik is on the verge of breaking the school goal scoring mark.
Banasik has 12 goals this season to give her a career total of 94. The Wildcats' school record is 99 held by 2001 graduate Rachael Golonka. Depew plays at Maryvale today, then takes on Sweet Home in the Tonawanda Tournament on Wednesday at 5 p.m.