They just can't help it - any time rivals Sknaeateles and Marcellus get together to play girls lacrosse, it's bound to be exciting and memorable.
And Tuesday afternoon's epic was one of the best chapters yet, with both teams making second-half comebacks and the outcome in doubt until the final shot as, finally, the Lakers survived for a 14-13 overtime victory.
It took a combination of Maddy Morrissey's latest bout of late-game heroics, plus a bit of good fortune, to produce this win. The luck came when Megan Welch's tying shot with 1:05 to play in the second of the three-minute OT periods caromed off the left post.
Morrissey offered the excellence, something Marcellus knew all too well from recent history, dating back to the 2008 Section III Class C final, when her tying and winning goals gave the Lakers the title, 12-11, at the Mustangs' expense.
Then came the 2009 sectional semifinals, when again the Mustangs led late in regulation, again the Lakers came back and again won by a single goal, 11-10 - and again Morrissey put home the game-winner.
So when Skaneateles trailed 9-6 after Marcellus dominated the draws and reeled off five straight goals to open the second half (and six overall), it was quite familiar ground, and the Lakers didn't panic.
Morrissey's second goal, in between a pair of tallies by Shelby McNeilly, tied the game 9-9, and now it turned into a back-and-forth drama that didn't let up until the last seconds of overtime.
After Leea Sinay briefly put the Mustangs ahead 10-9, Morrissey hit on her third and fourth goals to put the Lakers back in front 11-10, but Erin Walter answered and it was tied once more, 11-11.
Nora Barry hit on her fourth goal with 2:04 to play, and now it was Marcellus in front 12-11. Then, drawing a double team, Erin Callahan passed to Morrissey right next to the net - and Morrissey converted with 48.9 seconds left, and it was even again at 12-12.