For a long while, every time Skaneateles would threaten, Marcellus would answer, going up by three goals three different times. When Kate Gosson converted a free-position goal with 11:42 left, the Lakers trailed 11-8, apparently inching toward the end of its championship reign.
Sensing this, Skaneateles reached down and remembered all the other times this spring where it faced close contests -- winning some, but losing others.
"We had a lot of one-goal games this season," said Tierney. "It taught us that we could come back."
And so it did, starting with Tierney's fifth goal with 9:39 left. After Lotkowictz saw a possible goal negated by a crease violation, Nangle put in her second goal with 3:29 to play, making it 11-10.
Now Morrissey took over. Marquardt said that, the day before in practice, she told Morrissey that the Mustangs would key on Lotkowictz, giving the sophomore more chances to produce.
Needless to say, Morrissey listened well. Just 34 seconds after Nangle scored, Morrissey did so, tying the game 11-11. Following a Mustang turnover, Morrissey got it once again -- and with 1:41 to play, her shot eluded Marcellus goalie Natalie Scheibel and found the net, putting the Lakers ahead for the first time.
"We were really intense at the end," said Morrissey. "We knew we could beat them."
The Lakers' sectional playoff gauntlet commenced last Tuesday, on its home turf, where it handled no. 8 seed Bishop Ludden in the Class C quarterfinals by a score of 16-7.
Once it went to the lead, Skaneateles emphasized ball control and patience, steadily pulling away to a 7-3 edge by halftime and maintaining that pace with the full knowledge that it couldn't expend itself early in this crowded post-season slate.
Lotkowictz poured in five goals, adding two assists as Tierney, Nangle, Morrissey and Laura Trenti each found the net twice. Emma Hueber, Grace Kelly and Claire Gadra also scored. Molly Byrne and Stephanie Dussing accounted for most of Ludden's offense, with three goals apiece.