Only two players in Western New York girls hockey history have scored 100 goals.
The Katz's Julia Mings became the second, netting five and reaching the century mark in Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home's Section VI quarterfinals against Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew.
"It's just special, especially being only the second player to do it. It means a lot to me. I'm proud and happy," she said.
While there were openings throughout the game, the senior sensed the clock was her biggest opponent.
"There is only so much time in a game and I think I scored 100 with a few minutes left in the game, So, yeah, I was definitely a little nervous I wasn't going to get there," she said.
"I was missing chances that game so once I saw it hit the back of the net it was relief and happiness."
As Julia's continued to light the lamp throughout her career, she never imagined she'd be associated so big and grand on the ice.
"I started just because I loved the sports," she said. "I definitely didn't anticipate scoring 100 goals."
"Obviously I've seen quite a few goals she's scored and I'm not surprised anymore because I now her," Head Coach Nicola Adimey said. "She's a goal scorer. If she has an opening, she'll put it in."
No surprise there. The senior currently leads all of Section VI with 29 goals and with the playoffs in full swing, she's bound to find the back of a net a few times before her career comes to a close.
***Super 7 Countdown***
#1 – Julia Mings, CASH Hockey
Scored her 100th career goal in Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home’s Section VI quarterfinal win over Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew. The Sweet Home senior is just the second playing WNY girls hockey history to reach the milestone.
#2 – Alec Hoch, Orchard Park Swimming
Won the 50 and 100 meter freestyle events and also helped power the Quaker swimming team in the Class A Section VI Championship. His performance also held lead OP to the team title.
“Alec is an extraordinary athlete. He has won every 50 and 100 freestyle race this year and has broken pool records previously held by Andrew and Matt Marsh who were state champions. He played a big part in OP being undefeated and winning both ECIC and Class A championships by over 100 points. He has qualified for the state meet in the 50 and 100 and is part of two state qualified relays.” – Art Aungst, Head Coach
#3 – Mary Kromer, Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park Hockey
Scored the game-winning goal in FLOP’s 3-2 win over Kenmore/Grand Island in the Section VI Championship.
“Her goal with 6 minutes left in the third period proved to be the game winner in a 3-2 victory over Kenmore/ Grand Island. Mary and her teammates will represent Section 6 at the State Finals this weekend.” – Lucian Forcucci, Head Coach
#4 – Billy Seiders, Dunkirk/Silver Creek Wrestling
Named the most outstanding wrestler at the Section VI Class B Championships, winning the 138 pound title.
"Billy is one of the finest young men I have ever coached. His work ethic and character on and off the mat are outstanding. It has been my pleasure to coach Billy for the last 6 years." – Joe McMurdy, Head Coach
#5 – Olivia Smith, Kenmore/Grand Island Hockey
Scored three goals in an upset win over top seeded Williamsville, a 4-2 victory, to advance to the Section VI Championship.
“Olivia has been the back bone of our program the last 6 years. She currently leads all scoring categories. She is the best ice hockey player I have coached. The bigger the game the more she steps up. This season she has five goals and one assist in our two playoff games. She won the game for us vs West Seneca Hamburg Eden on Thursday last week in the quarterfinals with 22 seconds to go in the game.” – Jeff Orlowski, Head Coach
#6 – Davion Warren, Bishop Timon Basketball
Hit the game-winner layup as time expired to life the Tigers to an upset 59-58 overtime victory against Park. Warren finished with 22 points.
“Davion plays his best games when it means the most. At the end of the game, we trust him in any situation.” – Desmond Randall, Head Coach
#7 – Isabelle Licata, Lancaster Track & Field
Won the 300 meter run and also anchored the Legends relay team to the 4x400 relay championship. Lancaster won the Class A Section VI Championship.
“Isabelle has had a very successful season so far with a signature win in the 300M (41.35) at the prestigious Dartmouth Relays. A 3rd place at 300M at the Brockport Invitational & a 1st at 4x400M Relay helped Lancaster to win the 65 school invitational. This past weekend Isabelle won the 300M (40.91) and again anchoring the winning 4x400M Relay enabling the Lady Legends to win the Section VI Large School Team Championships at Houghton College.” - Kevin Carriero, Head Coach