June 8, 2013


Section 3 trio earns state final berths

Dreams of a Section 3 sweep at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Lacrosse Championships were still alive heading into today’s championship matches.
Baldwinsville, Christian Brothers Academy and Skaneateles all posted semifinal victories at SUNY Cortland Friday in their respective classes and the Central New York trio will hope to holding gold medals by the end of the day.
Baldwinsville advanced to the Class A Championship with a 9-8 victory over Section 1’s Suffern. It’s the Bees (15-5) first title game since winning the 2000 Division I crown against Suffern in overtime.
Baldwinsville trailed 8-6 before scoring three unanswered goals in the final 10:33 to eliminate Suffern (18-4).
Amari Pollard scored unassisted goals at the 10:33 and 4:47 marks to tie the game at 8-8. Sarah Klaben netted the game-winner with 4:28 remaining off a nice feed from Kennedy Frink. Klaben finished the day with four goals while Pollard collected the hat trick with three tallies. Nicole Burrows made five saves in the Bees goal.
Dana Gisonno and Jordan Drab led Suffern with two goals each. Mikaila Cheeseman stopped five shots on goal.
Farmingdale met Baldwinsville in the 9:30 title game. The Section 11 champions defeated Section 5 champion Penfield 10-6 in the other semifinal.
Bridget Weill led Farmingdale (15-3) with four goals. Nadine Hadnagy added three goals and four assists to the winning attack.
Lindsay Gamer netted three goals to pace Penfield (15-6).
Christian Brothers Academy (18-2) broke open an 11-8 game with a four-goal stretch early in the second half to build a 15-8 cushion before cruising to the 17-13 win over first-time final four participant, John Jay-Cross River (16-5-1) from Section 1.
Marissa Romeo scored two of her team-leading six goals during that four-goal run. Maddie Cook added three goals to the Brothers attack as did Olivia Pitonzo.
Molly O’Reilly led John Jay-Cross River with three goals and two assists. Delaney Spencer helped out with three goals of her own.
CBA will meet Section 5 champion Brighton (18-3) in the Class B title game at noon. The Barons have one state title (2005) and are making their fifth title appearance, sixth counting a Division I appearance in 2004, after Brighton nipped Section 8 champion Manhasset (16-4) by a 9-8 count.
Kelzi VanAtta scored the game-winner with 3:42 left in regulation time in the back-and-forth game that saw seven ties and four lead changes. VanAtta and Emilie Goldman each scored two goals for Brighton. Meghan Bowen led the Barons with three goals.
Sarah Barcia scored two goals for Manhasset, who had seven different players in the goal-scoring column.
Skaneateles (19-2) scored seven goals in the first 12 minutes of its semifinal game and easily downed Section 1 champion Putnam Valley 16-6.
Molly Wood scored six goals for the Lakers. Nicole Beatson added two goals and two assists while Emma Ford (2 assists) and Hannah Powers each collected two goals.
Putnam Valley (19-4) was led by the three-goal effort of Eva Rabson.
Skaneateles will meet Mount Sinai (19-0) in the 2:30 championship contest.
Mount Sinai got the winning goal from Kasey Mitchell with 23.8 second left in the second mandatory three-minute overtime period to secure a 7-6 win over Section 5 champion Honeoye Falls-Lima (15-6).
Taylor Reed gave HF-L a 6-5 led 21 seconds into the first overtime, but Mitchell tied the match 56 seconds later at 6-6. Those would be the only overtime goals until Mitchell’s late game-winner.
Mitchell, Caroline Fitzgerald and Danielle DellaRocca each scored two goals for Mount Sinai while Julia Michaels was huge in goal with eight saves.
Cari Stankaitis netted three goals for Honeoye Falls-Lima. Stankaitis and Melissa Villanti scored second-half goals for the Cougars to force overtime.


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