Lancaster stuns Clarence
The Lancaster girls volleyball team on Thursday night did something no ECIC I team has been able to do in more than two seasons.
The Legends knocked off reigning Section VI champion and two-time defending division titlist Clarence. Lancaster’s short trip home proved to be that much sweeter as it defeated the Red Devils, 25-22, 24-26, 25-23, 25-15. It’s the first time in at least four years the Legends have defeated Clarence.
The last time the Red Devils lost in ECIC I play is believed to be Oct. 2, 2013, to Frontier.
Both teams have one loss in division play, which means if they both win out they would share the division crown.
“First three sets, it could’ve been anybody’s game,” Lancaster coach Becky Edwards said. “It was great rallies by both teams.”
Legends star player Julia Kurowski shined during the win, recording 24 kills, just two errors and four aces. Jenna Patterson added 12 digs and three kills, while Katie Becht recorded 12 digs as Edwards said the Legends played great defense and prevented Clarence star Meghan Neelon from notching “the normal kills that she” usually records. “We were just playing with good intensity,” Edwards said.
St. Mary’s nets 13th league title in row
Meanwhile, the St. Mary’s girls volleyball team extended its regular-season championship string by securing its 13th straight Monsignor Martin Association title during a 25-21, 25-12 and 25-22 win over second-place Sacred Heart.
“Each team wants to build its own legacy and not let the previous teams down,” Lancers coach Don Pieczynski said. “That’s always our goal, keep up with the past and do it one better.”
St. Mary’s Caitlyn Meyer, one of four seniors in the lineup on Senior Night, led the way with 19 kills. The other three seniors are Victoria Jankowski, Kathryn Vogl and Gina Appenheimer.
Hannah Mulhern recorded 12 kills for St. Mary’s (29-8-2, 9-0 in league), and Jillian Vitale added 32 assists.
The only disappointing news for the Lancers is that Summer Slade will be out an undisclosed amount of time with a wrist injury suffered last weekend during the team’s appearance at the Garden State Classic in New Jersey, according to the coach.
Canisius soccer clinches crown
It was a day for clinching league championships in the Monsignor Martin Association.
At St. Joe’s Robert T. Scott Complex, Canisius secured its second straight regular-season league title by defeating the Marauders, 2-1. Max Montante and Connor O’Keefe scored first-half goals for the Crusaders, who completed an 8-0 run in league play.
“This was big for us because we went into that same game against St. Joe’s (last year) and they wound up beating us,” Canisius coach Chris Stuff said. “These kids really wanted to go 8-0. It was really important to us, and we needed this one to guarantee the league title.”
St. Joe’s could have clinched a share of the crown with a win. Both its league losses came against Canisius.
GI boys soccer still perfect; Wilson field hockey beats Barker
The Grand Island boys soccer team, ranked first among Class A teams in the state, recorded an undefeated regular season, beating Kenmore East, 2-0, in the Niagara Frontier League. Tony Emmi and Nemanja Simic scored for the Vikings (16-0, 14-0). Lucas Robinson made six saves for the shutout.
• St. Mary’s defeated Cardinal O’Hara, 3-2, in double overtime in Monsignor Martin girls soccer. Myla Kline scored the game-winner, while senior Christy Smith also scored.
• In field hockey, Wilson defeated Barker 2-0. JoJo Turvey scored both goals off assists by Olivia Mitchell. It’s believed to be Wilson’s first win over Barker in at least 18 years.