West Genesee senior Emily Tripodi (4) barrels through three Bay Shore defenders and scores a goal early in the second half of Friday's state Class A semifinal, where the Wildcats beat the Marauders 10-9.
Now the Wildcats' defense took hold. Shelby Milne, Dana Anderson and Madison Huegel anchored a back line that blanked Bay Shore early in the second half as Francisco also made a series of key stops.
"This was Andrea's best game of the year," said Elmer.
Yet WG could only establish an 8-6 lead, on goals from Tripodi and Geremia, before the Marauders rallied again. Cox's goal with 11:46 left pulled Bay Shore back even, 8-8. and Wildcat fans wondered if the worst would happen again.
But it would not. Shannon Hawley, strong on the draws all afternoon, put in the go-ahead goal with 7:50 to play, and with 2:50 left Hildebrandt put a shot past Marauders goalie Dylan Teitelbaum.
That extra goal was needed, because Bay Shore's Caroline De Lyra cut the margin to one with 32.8 seconds to play. Hawley managed to win the ensuing draw, though, and WG ran out the clock.
In Saturday's state final at noon, WG will face Penfield, from Section V, who rallied from behind to edge Shaker 5-4 in overtime in the other state semifinal.