This has become way too familiar -- and way too painful -- for the Marcellus lacrosse team, in regards to its ongoing rivalry with Skaneateles.
Just when it looks like the Mustangs are on the brink of earning a big win over the Lakers, something negative happens -- and in the last three years, Skaneateles star Maddy Morrissey has been in the midst of it.
Morrissey used late-game goals to beat Marcellus in both the 2008 Section III Class C finals and 2009 playoff semifinals -- both games where the Mustangs led by three in the second half.
On a gorgeous Tuesday afternoon, the same thing happened again, only this time the battle stretched to overtime before Marcellus fell in a 14-13 thriller.
Despite a lethargic first half, the Mustangs only trailed 6-4 at the half. Then, at the start of the second half, Nora Barry won five straight draws, which led to constant possession -- and five straight goals, two from Leea Sinay and one each from Barry, Andrea Burrows and Erin Walter.
Naturally, the Lakers came back to tie it 9-9, setting up a frantic final 10 minutes of regulation. Twice, the Mustangs took one-goal leads, at 10-9 and 12-11. Both times, Skaneateles came back and tied it, with Morrissey converting her fifth goal (fourth of the second half) with 48.9 seconds to play, making it 12-12.
Still, Marcellus had a chance to win at the end of regulation, Catherine Nolan earning a free-possession shot -- but seeing it turned away by Skaneateles goalie Shannon Byrne, leading to a pair of three-minute overtime periods.
Morrissey got her sixth goal 21 seconds into the first OT, then set up Aly Davis for another tally as the Mustangs fell behind 14-12. Barry countered with her fourth goal just before that period ended.