Plain and simple: Wednesday afternoon marked a day for two girls lacrosse powerhouses to get one step closer to coveting a high school championship. And they did.
Skaneateles took on Christian Brothers Academy in the Section III Class C final, while top seeded West Genesee had Baldwinsville to contend with in Class A. Both games were played at SUNY-Cortland.
Both the Lakers and Wildcats won, and landed spots in regional finals this Saturday, also at SUNY-Cortland. Skaneateles will take on Corning East, before the Wildcats face Corning West.
The Lakers battle with CBA turned out to be far closer, and with a potent attack, Skaneateles beat the Brothers 19-16.
Junior midfielder Shannon Tierney got the ball rolling for Skaneateles' offense, scoring back-to-back unassisted goals to start the first half.
On the third draw, CBA would gain possession only to get it turned over by the Laker's swarming defense, resulting in a fast break transition goal by Stephanie Rice at the 21:30 mark.
Unpleased with the Lakers' three goal explosion, CBA head coach Doug Sedgwick called a timeout.
After the timeout, it was CBA's Brittany Brigandi finding the holes in the Laker's defense to put the Brothers on the board, 3-1.
Both teams would trade a pair of goals. On Skaneateles' side it would be Jenna Lotkowictz and Shannon Tierney, while CBA's Katie Webster netted two for her side.
With the score now 5-4, the Lakers called a timeout to put an end to CBA's momentum and figure things out. Skaneateles would do just that, rattling off eight consecutive goals. Within that span, Stephanie Rice notched her 100th goal on the season on a free position shot.
Webster's third goal of the game with 3:16 left in the half ended the Laker run. Still,Skaneateles would go into halftime with a comfortable 14-8 lead.