Falcons getting it right
Niagara-Wheatfield appears to be peaking at the right time.
The Falcons are 12-2 overall and 10-1 in Class B boys lacrosse play after tucking away Amherst, 18-5, on Thursday.
"The boys are just moving the ball really nice, they don't float away and they always look for that extra pass," Falcons coach Vince Schiffert said. Last Saturday, Niagara-Wheatfield lost a wild 17-16 shootout against Silver Creek but have outscored West Seneca East and Amherst (9-5, 6-3) in its last two games, 38-12.
On Thursday, Zack Dubuc scored five goals and added three assists, while Corey Becker and Marty Pittman combined for five goals. Experience and balanced scoring has been the key for the Falcons.
"Our six guys that we have starting on offense are six veterans," Schiffert said. "They played a lot of lacrosse. They play in the summer. We have one guy who plays for the BLA and another guy who plays for the Joe Smith Champions. They just know each other and it makes life easier when the guys know what they're doing and are unselfish."
In other boys lacrosse, West Seneca East (7-7, 7-5 Class B) defeated rival West Seneca West (4-6, 3-4) behind Mikey Balla's five goals.
St. Francis' Cooper Stefaniak scored two goals with two assists and Mike Gallagher added three goals and an assist as the Red Raiders (8-5, 3-4 Monsignor Martin) beat Canisius (2-6, 0-5).
Lake Shore (8-3, 6-3 Class B) dropped Sweet Home (4-11, 4-7) as Rory Jimerson scored five goals and Pat Gilman added two goals and four assists.
Jacob Farner scored four goals to lead Wilson (9-3, 5-3 Niagara-Orleans) to a close victory over Barker, 11-10.
St. Joe's (9-4, 5-2 Monsignor Martin) was able to slip by Nichols (10-5, 5-2) as Mark Nasca scored two goals for the Marauders.
Pitching dominates Nichols
St. Francis' Matt Minnick tossed a complete game tw- hitter with eight strikeouts and Matt Michalski finished with three hits and two RBIs in the Red Raiders (7-3, 5-2 Monsignor Martin), 5-1 triumph over Nichols (1-9, 0-8) in baseball.
Lancaster's Tyler Hoffhines had a pair of hits in the Redskins' 4-1 win over Orchard Park (12-3, 10-3 ECIC I). Lancaster moves up to 10-3 overall and 10-3 in league play.
Winning pitcher Adam Westley added an RBI double while teammate Alex Guzman contributed an RBI triple as Jamestown (5-11, 4-8 ECIC I) defeated Sweet Home (4-9, 3-9), 3-1.
Tyler Green's three-run home run helped Williamsville North (8-6, 5-5 ECIC I) to a 9-1 victory over West Seneca West (2-14, 0-13). P.J. Mistretta went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for the Spartans.
Sam Hogan fired a complete game with five strikeouts to lead Hamburg (8-7, 6-5 ECIC II) to 5-4 victory over Williamsville South (8-5, 5-5).
Mike Altman pitched a complete game and scattered three hits and was aided by Ryan Wayne's three-run home run as Williamsville East (11-4, 8-3 ECIC II) beat Iroquois (9-2, 9-2), 13-1.
Lockport's Kasey Domski struckout in his complete-game performance in the Lions 4-3 triumph over Lew-Port (4-8, 4-6 Niagara Frontier). Lockport is now 4-8 overall and 4-6 in league play.
Niagara Falls bounces back
After suffering a disappointing loss to Niagara-Wheatfield on Wednesday, Niagara Falls (14-4, 10-2 Niagara Frontier) rebounded in a big way against North Tonawanda in softball.
Amanda Boyle went 3 for 4 with a triple and Toni Polk was 2 for 4 in the Wolverines, 10-0 shutout over the Lumberjacks (0-8, 0-6).
"We had 12 hits and we didn't leave a lot on base so we had some timely hits," Falls coach Beth Bullock said. "I liked the way the girls bounced back after the loss to Wheatfield."
Portville (8-6, 6-3 CCAA II) handed Frewsburg (8-1, 8-1) its first league loss of the year, 3-2.
Portville's Gia George laid down a bunt that was thrown into the outfield, allowing Shawna Sprout to score the winner on the throwing error.
Samantha Poules injured her knee in fifth inning but returned to the game in the seventh to produce the game winning RBI in St. Mary's/Lancaster's 7-4 win over Immaculata (4-6, 3-5 Monsignor Martin). The Lancers moved up to 4-2 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
Collenn Doyle fanned eight and Noelle Moran went 3-for-5 with a pair of triples as Christian Central (3-5, 3-5 Monsignor Martin) beat Nardin (3-4, 3-4), 13-8.
Melissa Roseman went 2-for-3 as Hamburg (12-0, 10-0 ECIC II) remained unbeaten after blanking Williamsville South (4-6, 4-5), 3-0.
Jess Jozwiak's game winning RBI lifted Orchard Park (7-5, 6-4 ECIC I) to a 2-1 triumph over Frontier (4-6, 2-5). Pitcher Carly Loffredo struck out six for the Quakers.
Frontier has deadly combo
Frontier moved up to 9-4 on the season after Joelle Kaczmarek and Erin Wilcox combined for six goals and two assists in the Falcons' 13-2 victory over Niagara-Wheatfield in girls lacrosse.
Mount Mercy's Marah Shanahan scored four goals to lead the Magic (1-7, 1-7 Monsignor Martin) to its first win over the season by beating Buffalo Seminary (4-2, 3-2), 15-14.
Lacrosse game raises funds
Mount St. Mary's is hosting a "Green Lacrosse Game" to promote cancer awareness and raise funds to find a cure at 4:30 p.m. today at Phillip Sheridan Field.
Proceeds will benefit HeadStrong, a foundation that seeks to aid the fight against blood cancers through promotion of awareness, research and financial assistance. More information can be found at www.headstrongfoundation.org.