Lancaster tops Frontier
Frontier came close to getting the better of its old friend, but once again Lancaster came out on top in the battle between Section VI Class A girls lacrosse powers.
Eighth-grader Maddie Mazur’s goal with 2:30 left foiled a great comeback by the host Falcons as the defending Section VI champions earned a 10-9 victory.
Frontier trailed 6-1 before mounting a comeback charge led by Mickela Kazmarski, who scored her fifth goal of the game with 3:30 left to bring her side into a 9-9 tie.
After Mazur scored her second goal of the game, Lancaster goalie Lauren Jones preserved the victory by making a one-on-one stop on a Falcons chance with roughly 2 minutes left. The Legends scooped up the rebound and never relinquished possession after that to kill the clock.
“It was an excellent high school girls lacrosse game,” Falcons coach Tim Myslinski said. “It was just one of those games if you didn’t attend you missed a good performance with the girls getting after it.”
Anna Orlando scored four goals to lead Lancaster (10-3, 6-0).
Lake Shore clinched at least a tie for first in Class C with an 18-0 rout of East Aurora. Ivy Santana led the winners with four goals, five assists, and Jalyn Jimerson had four goals and two assists for the Eagles (13-0, 8-0).
Will East, Lancaster clinch
Williamsville East clinched at least a tie for the ECIC II crown by rallying for an 8-5 win at West Seneca East. Both teams entered the showdown with a share of first place.
The Flames used a six-run fifth inning to overcome a 4-1 deficit. With two outs, freshman Rachel Steffan’s two-run triple tied the game at 4-4. Maddie Kozlowski scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error on the catcher during a stolen base attempt. Christy Mack led off the first and seventh innings with home runs for Williamsville East, which can secure the division crown outright with a win Thursday over Sweet Home.
“Losing eight seniors off of last year’s team I didn’t expect to win the division,” said Williamsville East coach Chris Durr, whose Flames won the Section VI Class A-1 title. “We had a good core of young players coming back. Winning the division wasn’t an expectation at the start of the year but once we started getting into division play ... we’ve won seven in a row.”
Lancaster clinched ECIC I outright to secure its first division title since 2007 with a 9-0 rout of visiting Hamburg. Kiley Martz tossed the complete-game five-hitter with nine strikeouts. Kayla Wolinski went 2 for 3, with a double and RBI.
GI clinches share of NFL
Grand Island clinched at least a share of the Niagara Frontier League title for the first time since 2010 with 4-3 win over visiting Niagara Falls.
Brendan Sheehan (2 for 3, two RBIs) drove in the eventual game-winning run in the fifth inning with a two-out single that plated Jake Niland. Bryce Jellinick earned the complete-game win with eight strikeouts.
GI can clinch the title outright with a win over Kenmore East on Thursday. A loss opens the door for defending champion Niagara Falls to clinch a share of the title too with a win.
In ECIC III, East Aurora defeated Springville, 1-0, in nine innings as Nick Izydorczak drove in winning pitcher Nate Kruger with the only run of the game.
Kruger struck out 10 during the complete-game three-hitter.
St. Joe’s routed host St. Mary’s, 12-1, in Monsignor Martin Association play as Andrew Short and Jake Pavicich each had three hits and two RBIs. St. Joe’s scored three times in the second inning and five times in the fourth.