Leading off today:
Lakeland dominated the action, but something very unusual happened to New York's seven-time defending NYSPHSAA field hockey champions on Saturday. The Hornets did not win.
Instead, they settled for a scoreless tie against host Darien (Conn.) to snap an 84-game winning streak that began in 2012 after a loss to the Connecticut school.
Lakeland outshot Darien 14-3 and held a 14-2 margin in penalty corners. The game went to a 10-minute, 7-on-7 overtime, a format not played in New York.
While calling the game a "glorified scrimmage," Lakeland coach Sharon Sarsen told The Journal News, "I get there is a lot of pressure and people will go home and people will ask what happened."
Darien was coming off an early week loss to Wilton, another powerhouse in its state.
"I hope the girls can use this to build confidence," Darien coach Mo Minicus told The Advocate. "And believe in themselves and each other for the rest of the season."
ND held to a tie: Gavin Harrington scored the tying goal for Elmira Notre Dame four minutes after Athens (Pa.) took the lead midway through the second half and the Crusaders settled for a 1-1 tie that preserved their unbeaten streak to 53 games on the field.
The Crusaders, 21-0 last season en route to a NYSPHSAA title, saw their winning streak snapped at 38.
More boys soccer: Sam Sutherland had two goals to lead Clarence, ranked 10th in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association, to a 4-1 win vs. No. 2 Williamsville North.
Chris O'Brien and Quinn Neelon also scored for the Red Devils, who improved to 12-1-1.
Williamsville North won a September meeting between the teams.
Cross country: Fayetteville-Manlius placed four runners in the top 10 and won going away in the Eastern States girls championship race during the Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park.
The Hornets posted 34 points to blow past North Rockland (!41) and Syosset (178). Individually, North Rockland freshman Katelyn Tuohy was first in a time of 14:12.4 for 2.5 miles. F-M's Claire Walters was fifth in 14:30.0.
Lincroft (N.J.) CBA won a tightly bunched boys Eastern States race with 202 points to edge Princeton (N.J.) and Fayetteville-Manlius at 213 and 237, respectively. Thirteen teams finished with between 202 and 316 points.
Former Carthage star Noah Affolder, now at Carlisle (Pa.), won in 12:10.6, followed by Guilderland's Noah Carey (12:21.2) and Pittsford Mendon's Nathan Lawler (12:24.2).
A few other notes from the huge meet:
• St. Anthony's and Shenendehowa posted a 1-2 finish in the boys "D" race and Watkins Glen triumphed in the "G" race.
• Shoreham-Wading River posted 49 points to triumph in the girls "D" competition over Liverpool and Jamesville-DeWitt. The S-WR duo of Katherine Lee and Aexandra Hays pace the field in 14:19.9 and 15:03.1, respectively.
• The Niskayuna and Baldwinsville girls finished 1-2 in the "A" race, while Guilderland and Pearl River did likewise in "B." Pearl River sophomore Mary Borkoski won her race in 15:22.6.
• The top of the podium for the girls "F" division featured Goshen senior Olivia Elston (15:00.9) and the Cornwall team. which held off Warwick Valley.
Girls soccer: Tonawanda junior Hope Balling's hat trick during a 4-0 win vs. Cheektowaga JFK gave her 99 career goals and her school's all-time record. Kalyn Compeau ended her career in 2013 with 97 goals.
Balling's first crack at the century mark comes Tuesday vs. Eden.