Properly rested, and primed for a championship push, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team roared through all of its opposition to return to the Section III Class C title game.
As the no. 3 seed, the Lakers drew a first-round bye, a welcome sight after a tough campaign that, at 13-3, left them also with the no. 3 spot in the state Class C rankings.
For its Class C quarterfinal last Tuesday night at Hyatt Stadium, Skaneateles faced no. 6 seed Mexico, who had edged past Cortland 7-5 in the opening round on May 19 and was one of the area’s most improved teams this spring.
Still, the Tigers had never gone this far in the playoffs in the program’s brief history. That inexperience showed up here as the Lakers jumped all over Mexico and roared to an 18-6 victory.
Rain arrived just as the game started, but the Lakers didn’t care. It took less than 10 minutes for Skaneateles to build a 5-0 lead, three of the goals coming from Carly Davis, whose quick hat trick set the night’s tone.
Though unable to maintain that torrid pace the rest of the half, Skaneateles still took an 8-1 lead to the break, and quickly made it 10-1 early in the second half, as the rain let up.
The Lakers started to relax – and Mexico took advantage of this with five straight goals, slicing the margin to 10-6 midway through the half. But starting with Shelby McNeilly’s goal with 12:30 left, Skaneateles scored eight straight to put things away.
Overall, Davis had six goals and two assists, with McNeilly managing five goals and one assist. Nicole Beatson backed up her pair of goals with two assists as Alana Navaroli and Sophie Gorman also scored twice. Emma Ford added a goal, with Maura Tierney and Hannah Powers earning assists.