> Joe's survives Canisius rally
Minutes after St. Joe's boys lacrosse game against Canisius, Peter Hudecki's wife asked him how he was doing. The Marauders coach was speechless, still trying to catch his breath after watching the final moments of the game unfold.
It took less than a minute for Canisius to turn a 9-6 deficit into a tie at 9 before St. Joe's Andrew Pawenski scored the winner with 35 seconds remaining to give the Marauders (10-4, 6-2 Monsignor Martin) a 10-9 victory.
"We had a three-goal lead but Canisius kept fighting," Hudecki said.
St. Joe's led, 7-4, heading into the fourth quarter before the Crusaders (4-10, 1-7) erupted for five goals including the tying goal with 1:01 left. Hudecki used all his timeouts before the onslaught and didn't have a chance to regroup his team.
"I wish I hadn't used my timeouts, but it's not the first time we've been in that situation," he said. "I told our team to stick to our game plan."
That meant getting the ball to Christian Curatolo, who drew a large crowd of Canisius defenders so Curatolo alertly passed to Pawenski from behind the net for the winner.
"I told them I was proud of them but I was speechless," Hudecki said. "First time that's ever happened."
Amherst's Eddie Doherty and Ian Moser scored three goals each as the Tigers (11-5, 5-3 Class B) beat West Seneca West (4-7, 3-5), 8-4.
Iroquois evened its record at 7-7 overall (7-5 Class B) as Derek Andrews scored five goals and Phil Brind'Amore four in a 12-8 triumph over Williamsville East (6-8, 5-7).
> Clarence clinches baseball tie
Clarence (12-6, 11-3) clinched a tie with Lancaster and Orchard Park in ECIC I with a 6-2 victory over Williamsville North (6-8, 6-8). Mark Armstrong struck out 11 to earn the complete-game victory.
Orchard Park moved up to 14-3-1 overall behind Ben Holmes' three-run triple and Bubba Hollins had two hits in a 9-8 victory over Hamburg (6-9) in non-league play.
Drew Bassini tossed a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and Mike Prentice had two hits as St. Francis (10-3, 8-2 Monsignor Martin) notched a 1-0 triumph over St. Joe's (7-4, 6-4).
Springville's Drew Scharra tossed a complete game three-hitter and John Dygert produced four RBIs in the Griffins (8-10, 4-8 ECIC III) 7-0 win over Maryvale (6-9, 6-6).
Bishop Timon-St. Jude and Cardinal O'Hara were tied at 1 in the fifth when Zach Hayes hit a two-run single to help the Tigers (12-6, 8-4 Monsignor Martin) to a 4-1 victory over the Hawks (4-5, 2-5).
Robert Rakowski went 2-for-2 and stole five bases, while Alex Negron finished with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in Olmsted's 15-5 victory over Burgard.
Caleb Lee was the winning pitcher in City Honors (11-5, 9-3 Cornell Cup) 13-3 victory over McKinley (5-5, 5-5).
> Mesi strikes out 500th
Amanda Mesi recorded her 500th strikeout as Lackawanna (10-3, 10-2 ECIC IV) defeated Eden (11-3, 9-3), 2-1.
Mesi, who has been pitching on the varsity softball team since the seventh grade, struck out six Tuesday. In 350 innings pitched, Mesi has just 12 walks.
"She's really a great competitor," Lackawanna coach Jeff Patronik said. "She knows how to keep hitters off balance. She's not overpowering but she mixes up her pitches well."
Clarence (14-1, 11-1 ECIC I) clinched the divisional title for the fourth consecutive year with a 10-9 triumph over Lancaster (10-2, 9-2).
The Red Devils got a two-run homer by Tori Nappo in the first and solo shot by Mariah Harris in the fifth. Ally Gay added a pair of RBIs in the seventh.
Brie Trapper led Mount St. Mary's 13-run assault with a home run as the Thunder (4-5, 4-5 Monsignor Martin) rolled by Cardinal O'Hara (1-6, 0-6), 13-3.
Nardin's Elizabeth Bourne fired a one-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Gators (11-4, 7-1) blanked Holy Angels (4-3, 4-3 Monsignor Martin), 13-0.
Williamsville North (10-7, 7-5 ECIC I) was led by Hannah Tilkey's four hits and Sarah McMahon's three hits and a homer in a 15-9 triumph over West Seneca West (2-9, 2-9).
> Elwell stays hot
Andi Elwell has been a scoring machine for St. Mary's/Lancaster in girls lacrosse the last three games. She scored nine goals for the Lancers (4-8, 4-6 Monsignor Martin) in an 11-7, triumph over Holy Angels (1-6, 1-6) to run her total in that span to 29.
Clarence's Nicole Cerza scored three goals and goalie Lexi Hartke recorded 17 saves as the Red Devils (5-10, 2-4 Class A) defeated Lancaster (10-3, 4-2), 9-7.
> Thill hits 12 feet
Jenn Thill jumped a state best 12-feet in the pole vault in Lancaster's 73-68 meet win over Orchard Park in girls track and field. The Redskins' Ashley Grazen was a triple winner, in the 100 (12.4), 200 (25.7) and long jump (15-3.5), while Thill also won the triple jump (34-0).