Frontier, North win in OT
After Frontier took a tense 10-9 sudden death girls lacrosse victory over Lancaster Wednesday, Falcons coach Tim Myslinski said to Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri:
"Well, that one took 20 years off each of our lives."
Frontier (4-2, 2-0 Class A) won it when Joelle Kaczmarek scored on a free-possession goal, her third tally of the game. Frontier scored in the first half of overtime. Lancaster (3-4, 1-1) tied it in the second, sending the game into sudden death.
"It was an excellent win," Myslinski said., "Lancaster is a team we love to play and they love to play us. It's become a nice rivalry and it's awesome to play a quality team with a quality coach."
Erin Wilcox scored five goals for Frontier. Falcons goalie Emily Pasternak had 17 saves.
Sarah Rupp scored three of her seven goals in overtime, including the game winner, as Williamsville North outlasted West Seneca East, 16-14, to remain unbeaten in girls lacrosse. Rupp, who also had one assist, scored once in the first half of OT and twice in the second of a game that was tied at 13 at the end of regulation.
Emily Koestler had three goals, while Katie Rupp and Juliette Holmes scored a pair for the Spartans, who are 7-0 overall, 2-0 in Class B league play.
Felicia Suto had five goals and Katie Prosviminia had four for the losing Trojans.
Mercy's Benz hurls no-hitter
Alison Benz of Mount Mercy is pitching no-hit games again.
Benz, who threw two no-nos last season for the Magic, turned in an impressive 11-strikeout performance Wednesday in stopping Immaculata, 3-0, in Monsignor Martin softball.
"She's definitely improved over last year," said Mount Mercy coach Doug Webster. "She's throwing harder than she was last year and she's throwing her change-up for strikes this year."
Mercy took the lead in the third inning when No. 9 hitter Nicole Fitzgerald tripled over the center fielder's head after a leadoff walk. The Magic added two runs in the fourth and went on to run its overall record to 4-1, 2-1 in league play.
Falcons win NFL showdown
Defending Section VI Class AA softball champion Niagara-Wheatfield came from behind with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win an early season Niagara Frontier League showdown from Kenmore West, 6-2.
A two-run double by Laura Cross gave the Falcons the lead, 4-3, in the sixth. Later in the inning, Katie Mazerski squeezed home Cross with an insurance run.
Alyssa Sciria pitched the victory for N-W while All-WNY Caitlin Attfield went 4 for 4 with two runs scored. Attfield stole two bases, giving her nine in four games. She needs 25 more to break the state career record of 121 by Jordan Rutkowski of Alden.
Niagara-Wheatfield (4-1) was ranked third in this week's coaches' large school poll, while Kenmore West (4-1) was fifth. N-W plays at Lockport today with first place at stake in the NFL.
Lancaster trips Clarence in softball
Lancaster pitcher Hannah Turek held off Clarence in the bottom of the seventh, getting the final out on a strikeout to preserve a 7-5 victory over the Red Devils in their ECIC I softball showdown.
The Redskins (5-1, 4-1 ECIC I) had 14 hits against Clarence ace Katie Bull as every player in the lineup hit safely. Lancaster took a 7-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Clarence scored three times and had the tying run on first with one out.
A two-run triple by four-year varsity player Caitlin Myszka proved to be the winning hit for the Redskins, who defeated Clarence for the first time since 2008.
"We were definitely excited. Our team knew we hadn't beaten Clarence in a while," said Lancaster coach Kelly Ambrose. "I'm really proud of the way they stayed tough and made plays when they needed to make them."
Home runs give Lake Shore win
Lake Shore used the long ball to send Williamsville South (6-1, 4-1 ECIC II) and its pitching ace Damian Powers to their first baseball loss of the season, 11-5. Powers had not given up a run this season and no-hit Iroquois last week.
Tyler Mascio and Chris Conley each homered twice for the Eagles, including back-to-back clouts in a five-run fourth-inning outburst.
In ECIC I, Jimmy Fitzgerald pitched a two-hit shutout for Orchard Park (6-1, 5-1) in a 6-0 triumph over Williamsville North.