Things broke well for the East Syracuse-Minoa girls lacrosse team, in that it gained a no. 2 seed for the Section III Class B playoffs and a bye directly into the semifinals.
However, the Spartans could not take full advantage as, in that semifinal Thursday at Liverpool High School Stadium, it took a 12-11 defeat to no. 3 seed and defending champion Oswego.
An active first half saw ESM appear to gain control, working its way to an 8-6 lead. As a whole, the Spartans did a terrific job putting shots past Oswego’s All-American goalie, Tayler Bowman, as Alex McEachron picked up an early hat trick.
None of this fazed the Buccaneers, though, as in the second half it worked back to a 10-10 tie behind the work of Taylor Giglio, who finished with three goals and two assists.
With 5:27 left, Oswego inched in front, 11-10, on Kaitlyn Armstrong’s goal. The Spartans were unable to get the tie, and the Bucs patiently worked the ball around until Becca Martin hit on her third goal with 1:17 to play.
Still, there was time for ESM, and McEachron notched her fifth goal with 28 seconds left. Better yet, the Spartans won the ensuing draw and charged to the net, getting a free-position shot – only to have Bowman stop it, her 15th and most important save of the day.
To help McEachron, Rachel Toole and Nikki DeVona both had two goals and one assist, while Jill Alaimo and Sara Hennessey each had one goal. ESM goalie Courtnee Notaro had nine saves as the Spartans’ season finished with an 11-7 record.
By contrast, Jamesville-DeWitt had the no. 5 seed and had to play in the first round last Tuesday night – which led to a quick exit as no. 4 seed Fulton ripped past the Red Rams 18-6.