St. Joe's ends Canisius' streak
St. Joe's avenged its only loss of the season – and perhaps years of frustration – by pulling out a close four-game match over rival Canisius in Monsignor Martin Association boys volleyball.
Canisius had edged the Marauders in five games earlier this season in the Clarence Tournament. But in their first meeting in league play, it was St. Joe's which earned the win 24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 27-25 on Wednesday.
The loss is Canisius' first loss in league play in more than 12 seasons, including playoffs. The Crusaders entered the season having won 12 straight Catholic regular-season and playoff titles.
"It was a great battle from the start," St. Joe's coach Mark Anzalone said. "Every point was hard-fought. Defensively we were all over everything, hustling all over the court. We were able to control the ball well enough to make those close points."
Jack Seari had 41 assists while Rick Crumlish had 17 kills for St. Joe's (9-1, 4-0). The Crusaders slipped to 3-1 in league play. The two meet in league play again in late October at St. Joe's.
"The two schools have a great rivalry in every sport, but this year in volleyball we knew we'd be toe-to-toe," Anzalone said. "This is such a hard-working group of kids. The kids had outstanding mental toughness through the match. It's just a great group of kids and I'm so happy for them."
Said Canisius coach Tom Weislo: "St. Joe's played very well, we played poorly. Full credit to them. They deserved to win."
Iroquois earns comeback win
Iroquois came back from a 1-0 deficit and finally found the back of the net to earn a 2-1 win over Eden in ECIC field hockey. With the win, the Chiefs improved to 7-0-1.
Eden scored in the first half before the Chiefs tied it with about 15 minutes left in the game on a goal by Meghan Fonfara. A rain storm passed through but play continued and with 1:08 left, Fonfara scored off a corner to give Iroquois the win.
"Eden played extremely well," Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline said. "The last two or three games we've been struggling a little bit to finish. We're generating offense, we're just missing the net a lot. We can't seem to put the darn thing away."
In other field hockey action, Allison Lutch scored twice to lift Lancaster to a 2-1 win over East Aurora. ... Melissa Obenshain scored five goals as Hamburg defeated Holland, 7-0. Taylor Wolf and Clair Buffa combined for the shutout. ... Tess Ludi scored twice for Clarence in a 6-1 win over Orchard Park.
Tomizzi goal lifts Sacred Heart
Jenna Tomizzi scored midway through the second half as Sacred Heart blanked Nichols, 1-0, in Monsignor Martin girls soccer.
The Sharks played the ball into the corner, then crossed the ball. The defense went to clear but the ball hit Tomizzi in the midsection and she played it into the top of the net.
"There were some offensive opportunities for both teams but the number of shots were limited," Sacred Heart coach Amy Drozen said. "Both defenses really held strong against the attack."
Ally Dwyer recorded the shutout as the Sharks improved to 6-1.