Hamburg field hockey hands North first loss
Regular season wins don't get any bigger than the Hamburg field hockey team's 1-0 win in overtime over defending state champion Williamsville North on Monday. The loss was the first for the previously undefeated Spartans, who've been ranked No. 1 in the WNY Coaches poll all season.
Lauren Dobson connected for the game's lone goal with 3:50 left in the OT on an assist from Jessica Ewanic. Dobson punched the ball in front of a congested North net. Goalie Taylor Wolf had five saves to earn the shutout. The win give Hamburg a share of the ECIC large school title as both teams finished the regular season with 14-1-1 records.
"I told the girls after the game, this starts our journey into the playoffs," said Hamburg coach Kelly Owens. "It starts here. We've had a great season no doubt, but this was a big win to walk into the playoffs with. It was really a great game, it was basically what I expected it to me. We played for 60 minutes as they did."
Meanwhile, Joslin Downey had both goals and Jess Dolac recorded the shutout as West Seneca East blanked Sweet Home, 2-0, in ECIC large schools.
St. Joe's soccer clinches League AA title
St. Joe's third win this season over rival Canisius helped it clinch the Monsignor Martin Association's League AA title. Five different players scored as the Marauders (13-1-2) won 5-1. Julian Olin had three assists, all off free kicks, and Jon Vara had two assists setting up the first two goals of the game.
The Marauders' next start will be the Monsignor Martin playoffs, which start on Sunday with two semifinal games. No. 1 seed St. Joe's hosts No. 4 St. Francis at 2 p.m. No. 2 Canisius hosts No. 3 Nichols on Sunday at 1 p.m. The championshihp game will be at 2 p.mm. Nov. 6 at Canisius .
"We're playing pretty. We had a chance today to play 22 guys which was nice," said St. Joe's coach Mike Thoin. "We need to keep them focused for the next couple weeks, so if we can do the things we're capable of doing, we'll have a chance to advance to states, and that's what it's all about now."
Sean Malone had two goals, including the overtime game-winner, as Nichols edged St. Francis, 2-1. The game determined third place in League AA entering the postseason.