For a quartet of local girls lacrosse teams, just reaching the Section III playoffs was enough of a chore, and not all of them would get there.
Of them, it turned out that Jordan-Elbridge carried the most momentum, a late-season surge capped by beating the combined Bishop Ludden/Bishop Grimes entry 11-8 last Wednesday to improve its mark to 8-8.
They played to a 5-5 first-half draw, but in the second half the Eagles gradually took over, doubling Ludden/Grimes’ output and getting great work in the net from Morgan Cooney, who finished with 11 saves.
Emily Bates led J-E with four goals. Alexis Malvaso found the net three times as Kelsey Soderburg earned two goals. Gabby Thorpe and Maria Kanatous gained the other goals, with Amanda Brown adding an assist. Erannan Shattuck led Ludden/Grimes with four goals as Nicole Granteed, Liz Tully, Teresa Shattuck and Jenny Vazquez got one goal apiece.
J-E was also helped along by last Monday’s 12-8 victory over Onondaga that featured a brilliant second-half performance.
Trailing 4-1 at the break, the Eagles adjusted its attack and took off, outscoring the Tigers 11-4 the rest of the way as Kelsey Youmell led the comeback with four goals and three assists.
Brown and Bates both had two goals and one assist, with Kanatous, Malvaso and Kali Kimak each scoring once.
Ludden/Grimes fell last Monday to Tully 20-12, unable to rally after the Black Knights roared to a 14-4 first-half edge. Granteed, Teresa Shattuck and Gemma O’Kane each managed three-goal hat tricks, while Seanna Laneve scored twice. Liz Tully added one goal and one assist.
Marcellus would make it, but not before stumbling in last Monday’s game at Cazenovia, unable to overcome a slow start in an 11-7 loss to the Mustangs.
Trying to avenge a 5-4 defeat to Cazenovia back on April 2, Marcellus instead got overwhelmed in the first half, the Lakers streaking to an 8-2 lead as Kayla Dorrance, with six assists, fed it to Caroline Franz (four goals) and Colleen Dougherty (three goals), among others.