Iroquois (15-0) wrapped up the ECIC field hockey title Monday with a 4-1 triumph over visiting Amherst. The Chiefs, ranked No. 1 again this week in the WNY Coaches’ poll, have one league game left against West Seneca West but can’t be caught.
Senior Chantel Gauthier, who has signed with Newberry (S.C.) College, and sophomore Samantha Gaglio scored twice each for Iroquois on a day when the Chiefs’ defense wasn’t up to its usual form.
"Our defense let up a little," Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline said. "Ususually they’re rock solid. It was a game where our attack group and midfield kind of controlled the game."
In particular, sophomore right wing Riley DeGrace was a big factor, consistently bringing the ball up the field.
"She goes coast to coast," Tonsoline said. "I haven’t seen a girl play like this in a long time."
Tonsoline remembers undefeated seasons with a tie or two and other 14-2 seasons in his career, but not an undefeated and untied team with 15 wins. Of course, there is one game to play plus sectionals and perhaps regionals and state play left.
Abby Ferenczy scored at 19:23 of the first half, blasting a shot off a corner situation to give Williamsville South a 1-0 win over visiting Pioneer (13-2) that ended the Panthers' chances of tying for first place.
"My center back Maggie Fuzak played strong defense," said South coach Mary Ferenczy. Megan Novak and Delaney Gillman each played a half in goal for South and made three saves each.
South finished regular season play at 14-1-1 for the second season in a row.
Lancaster, Clarence tied for girls ECIC I v-ball lead
Lancaster went on the road and scored a huge ECIC I girls volleyball victory at Orchard Park, overcoming the Quakers in a difficult match, 29-27, 25-21, 17-25 and 25-20, to go to 10-1 in the division and hang onto a share of first with Clarence.
Kara Paradowski ahd seven kills and 13 digs for the Legends while Kelly Feller contributed eight kills.
Clarence, also 10-1 and ranked No. 3 in the latest WNY poll, kept its share of first place by sweeping Williamsville North, 25-11, 25-10 and 25-16, with one game left. The Red Devils are 15-6 overall.
Meghan Neelon led Clarence with nine kills and six digs while Jaide Cummings had seven kills and six digs.
"Meghan has been a go-to player for us for five years," said Clarence coach Mike Meyer. " Cummings is a sophomore. ... She had a great night as an outside hitter and she served great."
Flames clinch ECIC II on Senior Night
Williamsville East clinched another ECIC II girls volleyball title, defeating division rival Williamsville South, 25-14, 25-9 and 25-13. Senior Lexi Novak had 15 kills and five aces on a night she and five of her classmates on the team were honored. Other seniors are: Leah Orsini, Julianna Benz, Megan Wiese, Ann Marie Jones and Jessica Weaver.
"They've all been part of four league championship and two sectionals," said coach Scott Wright, whose team climbed to the top of the WNY large school polls for the first time this season. They were third last week.
Hamburg wins 100th for Crangle
No. 5 ranked Hamburg improved to 9-2 in ECIC II with a sweep of Amherst, 25-16, 25-16, 25-19, to give coach John Crangle his 100th career match win. In his seventh season, Crangle is the winningest coach in Hamburg girls volleyball history and has led the Bulldogs to four sectional finals, winning three. Alexa Pace led Hamburg in the victory with 14 kills.
PKs win for Lumberjacks in sectional soccer
Play got under way Monday in the boys and girls Section VI soccer playoffs with first round or prequarterfinal games on the schedule.
Seeding form prevailed almost all the way through with the exception of two minor upsets in 8-9 games.
Ninth-seeded Frontier edged No. 8 Niagara Falls on the road, 3-1, in Class AA as Quinton Landers, Nyles Linsley and Jonah Kozak scored for the Falcons. Kozak also had an assist.
In Class A, No. 9 North Tonawanda eliminated No. 8 Hutch-Tech on penalty kicks, 8-7, after the teams had played to a 1-1 draw for in regulation and two overtime periods at All High Stadium.
Anthony Hernandez scored once and assisted on Zach Amato's goal for Maryvale in the Flyers' 2-1 Class A-2 prequarterfinal win over Amherst
In girls play, the home team prevailed except for Falconer's 6-0 triumph at Silver Creek in Class C with Grace Penhollow scoring twice for the winners. Silver Creek goalkeeper Tessa Douglas was called on for 15 saves in the loss.
Ashleigh Strasser scored four goals and had an assist and Kate Hummel scored twice for Alden in a 13-0 rout of CSAT in Class B-1
Hailee Torres and Ashley Rackley had two goals each for Depew in a 5-2 win over Dunkirk in another B-1 prequarterfinal.
Eden's Morgan Keppler scored four times in a 5-0 win over JFK in a B-2 prequarterfinal. Destiny Satkowski scored both goals for Medina in a 2-1 win over Roy-Hart, also in B-2.
In Class C, Portville received goals from Bryn Milner, Carley Williams and Kaylin Kavanagh in a 3-0 prequarterfinal win over Randolph.
Quakers win ECIC golf team title
Large School South Division champion Orchard Park took the overall team title in ECIC shooting a 243 total on Monday at Sheridan Park. Small Schools South winners East Aurora/Holland was next with 248 followed by Large Schools North representative Williamsville North (258) and Small Schools North champion Alden (288).
Mike Wells of Williamsville North was medalist with a 36.
Nardin ends Sharks' title run
Nardin won its ninth in a row in Monsignor Martin Association girls soccer, edging two-time defending champion Sacred Heart, 1-0, at D'Youville College's Dobson Field, The Gators clinched the league regular season title. Nardin was ranked fifth and Sacred Heart tied for sixth in the lastest WNY poll.#