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Mount Mercy Has Six Athletes Attain All-Catholic Status

Six athletes from Mount Mercy Academy’s fall squads have earned All-Catholic honors this season.  Four soccer players, a volleyball player and a golfer all earned individual post season honors. Juniors Gianna Lauciello (Orchard Park) and Anna Schieber (Buffalo) and sophomores Mya Wood (Blasdell) and Mary Bea Lalley (Buffalo) attained All-Catholic status in soccer.  Junior Kate Ryan (Buffalo) returned as an All-Catholic in volleyball and senior Madelyn DiGiore (Lakeview) was honored in golf.

    Lauciello, Schieber and Wood were all selected as First Team All-Catholics in the B Division of soccer.  Lalley earned Second Team All-Catholic honors.

    Coach Brittany Myers commented “Anna Schieber is the heart of our defense as our sweeper. She is the last defender before opponents face our goalie and she does a fantastic job at shutting these opponents down with her speed, stamina, and heart. We have counted on her against our toughest opponents. “

Schieber, a three year starter, was injured halfway through the season which opened up an opportunity for Lauciello, a captain, to step in her place. “Gianna filled her shoes effortlessly playing an unfamiliar position with no complaint. Gianna was able to continue to get points on the board for Mercy playing defense. Gianna is a very good technical player and her speed and scoring ability helped us get to the championship game,” Myers remarked. Lauciello, also a three year starter, tallied five goals and nine assists this season. “Gianna is one of those players other teams watch out for. Despite her lack of height, she plays as if she is six feet tall.”

Wood scored seven goals and had five assists this season, her second on the varsity.  “Mya Wood is another technical player with a great first touch on the ball and a powerful shot that has allowed her to be our top goal scorer,” Myers stated.  “Mya on the field in a bubble wrap cast as a hand injury did not stop her from competing in the playoffs. She scored our first goal in the semi-finals and also scored our lone goal in the championship. She is one tough player and we are lucky she plays for the Magic!”

Lalley , who plays outside defense, is also a two year starter on the team. “Mary Bea has great vision of the field and is a very smart soccer player. She is patient with the ball which allows for us to maintain possession. She is also very aggressive which has helped us this season,” Myers concluded. 

    Ryan was a Second Team All-Catholic for the second straight year.  This season she amassed 102 kills, 73 digs, 37 Aces and 11 solo blocks.  This is her third year on the varsity and her second year as a co-captain.  “Kate's power in her lefty swing makes her stand out on the court. Not only are her offensive abilities and statistics impressive, she is also a key member of the defense, often getting a dig on a hard hit ball or hustling far out of bounds to keep the ball in play,” Coach Brittany Sanscrainte remarked. “Kate is a strong all-around player and I cannot wait to see where she leads the team next season as a senior.” 

    DiGiore placed sixth at the All-Catholic Golf Championships to earn All-Catholic status.  DiGiore shot a 54 at Elma Meadows. She has been the team’s top golfer for the past two seasons.  “Maddie DiGiore played a great round against the best in our league in the All Catholics,” Coach Kate Lynch commented.  “Her composure and concentration earned her a tie for 6th place.  It has been a pleasure coaching Maddie the past two years and watching her improve each and every match.”

    

 

"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

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