St. Joe's (3-3, 3-0 Monsignor Martin Association) took Round One of its lacrosse rivalry with Canisius, defeating the Crusaders, 9-7, at the Stransky Complex in West Seneca.
Senior attack Blake Zachau led the Marauders with three goals. while freshman midfield Hunter Parucki had two goals and an assist and senior midfield Jack Lalley had three goals.
Canisius (4-3, 1-1 Monsignor Martin) took a 2-0 lead early but St. Joe's came back and led by as many as four, 8-4. The Crusaders got as close as 8-7 before St. Joe's added an insurance goal.
Senior goalie Jalen Lee had eight saves for the Marauders.
"C.J. Goss, our longstick midfield, had a great game on defense," St. Joe's coach Peter Hudecki said. "Zack Deakin on defense held one of their leading scorers to one goal. It was a really good team win."
Last season, Canisius and St. Joe's split 13-9 games, each winning at home. St. Joe's prevailed over Canisius, 10-9, in overtime when they met in the championship game of the Monsignor Martin playoffs.
Legends get big lax win
Lancaster and Hamburg are not frequent opponents in boys lacrosse, but even though they hadn't faced each other since 2007, the Legends were excited over their 8-7 triumph over the Bulldogs in Hamburg on Tuesday.
"One of the bigger wins in Lancaster history," Legends coach Dave Mazur said after his team held on to go to 5-1 on the season. "I’m in my fourth year and I don’t remember ever beating Hamburg."
According to the lacrosse website Laxpower, Hamburg defeated Lancaster in 2005, 2006 and 2007 in their most recent meetings.
Junior Brett Beetow scored three times and had an assist for Lancaster while C.J. Dirienzo and Ben Napieralski had two goals each.
Goalie Ben Mazur, the coach’s son, had only 10 saves, but "his outlet passes were outstanding," coach Mazur said, "and he had an assist. He was getting the ball out quickly for the fast break. Our clearing game was outstanding."
Lancaster led, 8-5, before Hamburg rallied. A late-game penalty against the Bulldogs helped Lancaster close it out.
"We did a good job of possessing the ball the whole game," Mazur said. "When you hold Hamburg to seven goals you’re doing a pretty good job."
Long-stick midfielder Bryce Benham was a defensive standout.
Matt Wright of Clarence had a seven-point game, five goals and two assists, in leading the Red Devils to a 19-4 triumph over Sweet Home. Justin Basile contributed two goals and three assists to the victory.
Basile hit wins for South
Abby Cruse led off the seventh inning with a double and came home with the running run on a double by Melanie Basile as Williamsville South triumphed over visiting Amherst, 2-1, in ECIC II softball. Basile had two hits for the Billies.
Anilese Kelly of West Seneca East pitched a six-hitter and drove in two runs with two hits, including a triple, in the Trojans' 6-3 victory over Iroquois in ECIC II. Kelly struck out six. Nicole Kimro had two hits and drove in two runs and Julia Slowik had two RBIs. for East, which is 3-1 in league play.
Molly Breier of Eden drove in four runs with three hits, including a homer, in an 11-6 triumph over Tonawanda in ECIC IV. The Raiders are 3-0 in division play.
Tyler Scheffler struck out 10 Lackawanna batters and pitched a six-hitter for Holland in a 4-2 victory over the Steelers in ECIC IV. Pierce Gardon went 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Dutchmen.
Brittany Lebaron of Cassadaga Valley pitched a four-hitter and had two hits herself in a 7-3 victory over Panama in CCAA West 2. Lebaron struck out seven and one of her hits was a double. Francine Torres had two of the Panama hits, a double and a triple.
Justine Brooks had two hits and pitched Olean over Randolph, 13-1, in CCAA East 1 softball.
North 4-0 in ECIC I
Williamsville North stayed in the thick of the ECIC I baseball race with a 9-2 triumph over Jamestown behind the three-hit pitching of John Hassler. Luke Terry (3 for 4) drove in three runs for the Spartans while Alex Wanat was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI.
Hudecki top Yale Cup coach
South Park's Peter Hudecki, who coaches St. Joe's lacrosse in the spring, is the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Yale Cup Coach of the Year.
A list in Tuesday’s edition of the Buffalo News published the incorrect winners from the Yale Cup.
All Hudecki and his Sparks did this season was win their first Yale Cup championship in 31 years, posting a 13-1 record in the rugged Buffalo Public Schools league. The Sparks went 17-5 overall, reaching the Section VI Class A-2 final.