Cornelius goal put an end to Marcellus’ momentum. But it did little to alter the respect Palladino had for the Mustangs.
“They worked hard to every single ball,” he said. “They were committed to it as a team. Not just a player here and a player there. They would go to it in numbers.”
Daggett had a strong game in the Marcellus net. He finished with seven saves, five coming in a first half largely controlled by the Warriors.
Sunheimer likely didn’t to wish to recap his team’s season Saturday, but he did so, praising his players' ability to recover from what it went through early this fall.
“(It was like) night and day,” Sunheimer said, referring to his squad’s 0-5 start, and its deep tournament run.
“We came out a little flat in the beginning,” he said. “And then they started training. We started training hard. It was ‘do you really, really want this because you can have it if you want it.’ Once we beat Cazenovia (on Sept. 30) they started to believe. Then the wins started coming.”
Indeed they did happen, all the way to the sectional final, before Clinton ended the dream - and on the same Chittenango turf where, less than 24 hours earlier, the Marcellus girls team shared its Class B title with Lowville, only to get eliminated in a penalty-kick shoot-out.