Canisius (8-2, 2-0 Monsignor Martin Association) began the buildup to its title defense in the Burnt Hills Tournament this weekend, by sweeping three sets from visiting St. Joe's on Monday.
"It's always an exciting match when St. Joe's comes over for sure," said Canisius coach Tom Weislo. "We've been playing really well against a tough schedule."
Seniors Troy Gooch and Matt Donnelly each had 15 kills for the Crusaders in Monday's victory. Gooch contributed a pair of aces as well while Donnelly had two blocks.
Canisius libero Michael Antonucci, a senior, had nine digs and eight service points.
"Antonucci had a pretty solid game," Weislo said.
Canisius, ranked No. 2 in Western New York behind Lockport. will play at St. Francis on Thursday before heading to the Capital area on Friday for the tournament in Burnt Hills.
"We always look forward to facing teams from the Albany area, " Weislo said. "Burnt Hills and Shenendahowa are strong again."
Canisius' only losses have been to Lockport in the Clarence tournament and Fairport in that Section V school's own tournament.
No. 1 Chiefs triumph at Pioneer
No. 1 ranked Iroquois. away from its natural grass surface, needed some time to get going, but the No. 1 ranked Chiefs got second half goals from Morgan Tucker and Ella Sturm in a 2-0 victory at Pioneer to run their record to 8-0.
"It was a very good game, 0-0 in the first half," said Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline. "They always us play us extremely well and it took a period of adjustment on the turf. We came out in the second half and got our footing, our turf legs."
Iroquois goalie Abby Breier had one save in the victory.
Iroquois will face Orchard Park on Wednesday. Sam Fischer's goal with 6:42 left gave Orchard Park a 2-1 victory at Lancaster, boosting the Quakers' record to 7-3. Morgan Baxendale had the other OP goal, scoring with just one second left in the first half.
Natalie Chojnacki and Jessie Gacek split the goaltending for coach Bridget Callahan's team and combined for nine saves.
"They're both seniors and they were awesome," Callahan said of her two goalies
Five different players scored for No. 2 ranked Williamsville North (8-0) in a 5-0 victory at East Aurora. Jenna Pietrowski, Gabby Manzella, Danille Batz, Kylie Rosen and Emma Roland scored for the Spartans. Piotrowski added an assist while Rachel Juneau had a pair of assists in the victory.
Gabriella Walsh scored the game's only goal 7 minutes into the first half to give No. 5 ranked Clarence a 1-0 victory at No. 10 Williamsville South. Quinn Laczkowski made four saves for the Red Devils in the first half. Jenna Frank played second in goal for Clarence and face no shots on goal.
Root runs season's goal total to 27
Pioneer's Meghan Root scored three goals to run her season total to 27 and added a pair of assists, giving her 62 points for the season in a 9-1 ECIC III triumph over Lake Shore. The Panthers (10-0-1, 8-0-1 ECIC III) are ranked fifth this week among Western New York large schools. Ashley Bliss had two goals and an assist in the victory.
Kasey Hollins scored twice and assisted on the opening goal by Faith Hanlon in Orchard Park's 5-0 victory over Frontier in ECIC I girls soccer. Frontier was ranked 10th in this week's large school WNY poll while OP was unranked. Celeste O'Connor and Jenna Crean also scored for the Quakers. In addition to her goal. Hanlon had an assist.
Orchard Park scored three times in a three-minute span in the first half and added two more after the halftime break to go to 6-4-2 overall and 4-3-1 in ECIC I.
Newfane wins N-O soccer showdown
Max Weber scored in the 31st minute with an assist by Trevor Moreland and Newfane made it stand up for a 1-0 victory at Roy-Hart. The victory gave the Panthers (6-1-0) sole possession of first place in Niagara-Orleans League boys soccer. Newfane's lone loss in league play was to Wilson (2-1). The Panthers defeated Roy-Hart, 6-0, at home in their first game against the Rams. Kam Stanton had seven saves in goal for the winners.
Grand Island goalkeeper Steven Pufpaff recorded his 25th career shutout a Vikings record, in Monday night's 10-0 victory over Niagara Falls. David Bilek had two goals and three assists in the victory which improved GI's Niagara Frontier League record to 6-1-1 in the Frontier Division.