St. Mary's of Lancaster was able to take advantage of the elements on windswept Westwood Park in Lancaster on Monday and defeated Cardinal O'Hara, 6-1, for the Monsignor Martin Division B boys soccer championship. The Lancers took advantage early.
"We had a 35 mile an hour wind with us in the first half and we scored two goals within the first five minutes and five by halftime," said St. Mary's coach Al Franjoine."They had only one shot in the first half. In the second half they were able to get 10 shots off but were able to only score once."
Luke Szablewski and Liam Regan scored two goals each and Anthony Larosa and Brendan Murty had single tallies for the Lancers, who captured their second straight division championship and have a 16-1-3 record for the season. Noah Winiarski had 12 saves in goal.
"This is the best record we've ever had," said Franjoine, a St. Mary's graduate who came over from Lancaster High 10 years ago to start the Lancers varsity team. At age 73, he proudly claims to be the oldest coach in Western New York.
Besides the goal scorers, another standout in the St. Mary's victory was center-midfielder Nino Marino.
"I call him my control agent," Franjoine said. "He's plays in the middle of our defense and controls the ball and gets it up to our forwards. He's like the Energizer bunny, he never stops moving."
St. Mary's will close its season against Gow School at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Monsignor Martin-Independent Athletic Conference crossover game at Pierce Field in South Buffalo. The Lancers lost to Christian Central Academy, 1-0, in last year's crossover. One of the three draws played by St. Mary's this season was to Gow. The lone loss for the Lancers was to Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 1-0.
Maryvale gets rematch with East Aurora
No. 2 seed Maryvale, which lost to East Aurora in last year's Section Class B-1 girls volleyball championship match, will get another crack at the Blue Devils for the B-1 championship on Wednesday night at Daemen College.
Senior Julia Carter had 27 kills and 10 assists and senior Morgan Michalski had 29 assists and seven kills for the Flyers in a 25-23, 25-10, 25-11 victory over visiting Lew-Port.
Maryvale fell behind in the opening set but soon took charge.
"We were a little lackadaisical and then we started pulling together," said Maryvale coach Tina Raczynski, whose Flyers (17-2) have lost only to East Aurora this season. It's the third straight trip to the Class B girls final for Maryvale, which is on a run of excellence.
Two years ago, Maryvale went undefeated before losing to Iroquois to in the Class B championships. Carter is the only starter still around from that team. Four Flyers starters are back from last year's team, however.
Maryvale's record for the last three seasons is 54-6.
OP's Humiston wins state tennis consolation title
Orchard Park junior Madigan Humiston won four matches over two days, three on Sunday, to win the consolation singles championship at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association girls tennis championships in Latham over the weekend.
Humiston, the ECIC and Section VI champion, defeated Loren Cuomo of Mohonassen (Section II), 8-6, in the final match on Sunday. After an 8-3 triumph over Cassie Pinataro of Chenango Forks-IV on Saturday, Humiston triumphed over Gieselle Vlassis of Christian Brothers-III, 8-2, and Paige Szymusiak of Lancaster, 8-6 on Sunday before facing Cuomo. Szymusiak was runner-up to Humiston in the Section VI singles.