"This year (against Marathon), we had some opportunities.," Scheftic said. "We just didn't capitalize on them."
McKenna Light scored 9:39 into the half to make it 3-0, and just a minute after the Lakers' lone near-miss, Alexis Root put in Marathon's fourth and final goal.
As the Olympians advanced to meet East Rochester in the state semifinals next weekend at Vestal High School near Binghamton, the Lakers pondered its lone defeat in a 17-1-1 campaign.
More great things are expected in 2010. Just two starters - defender Siobhan Bigsby and midfielder Sarah Race - graduate, and the roster had just four seniors overall.
Every other starter - from attackers Tori Widrick, Abby Eschen and Jillian Vogl, to midfielders Ellen Burr and Belle Hoagland, to defenders Molly Hudson, Kara Stalder and Raeanne Clabeaux, plus goalie Emily Mastropaolo - returns, and maybe then, at long last, the Lakers can move closer to a state championship.
"One of these days, we're going to do it," Scheftic said.