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Williamsville North field hockey tops Orchard Park; key game with Clarence remains

Williamsville North field hockey tops Orchard Park; key game with Clarence remains

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Orchard Park defender Grace Schmelznger cannot poke check the ball from Williamsville North forward Molly Martin during the first half at Williamsville North High School on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.

The Clarence at Williamsville North match will decide the Class A field hockey league champion and the top seed in the playoffs after North scored a 2-1 triumph over visiting Orchard Park on Monday.

Junior forward Miranda Burgett and freshman Morgan Lippa scored first half goals for the Spartans in the match between two teams that each had only one loss in Class A play. North is now 12-1, while Clarence is 13-0 after its 5-0 victory over Iroquois on Monday. Iroquois is the only team with a win over Williamsville North, 3-1 in Elma on Sept. 20.

The loss dropped Orchard Park to 11-2, with a home game against the combined West Seneca team from WS East and WS West left before the start of the sectionals. Section VI seedings and brackets will be announced Thursday.

Freshman Sophia DePrima had an assist for the the Spartans.

Sophomore midfielder Marissa Kalwicki was North's MVP for the match for her defensive work.

Senior midfielder Grace Schmelzinger, a first team All-Western New York selection last season, scored a second-half goal for Orchard Park, her 25th of the season. She ranks second in WNY in goals this season and has 11 assists for 36 points.

Burgett's goal was her 22nd of the season. She also has five assists. Lippa's goal was her fourth of the season, while DePrima notched her 11th assist.

Coach Jessica Rys' Spartans lost 14 seniors from the 2020 team and only two starters returned, including all-ECIC midfielder Molly Martin.

The Spartans avenged a 3-2 loss to Orchard Park last season when the Quakers advanced to the sectional finals and lost to Lancaster 4-2.

Williamsville North lost to Clarence 3-1 in the 2020 sectional quarterfinals. Clarence then lost to Lancaster in the semifinals 2-1.

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