Liverpool senior midfielder Nick Kline (7) would control a majority of the face-offs in Wednesday night’s Class A final against West Genesee and scored his team’s first two goals in a 6-5 overtime victory over the Wildcats, which was the team’s first sectional title since 1989.
Cicero Kyle DeAngelis delivered the goal for which everyone associated with the Liverpool boys lacrosse team - players, coaches and fans alike- had waited 23 years to see.
When DeAngelis scored near the end of the first overtime period, he pushed the Warriors past West Genesee 6-5 in Wednesday night's Section III Class A championship game at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.
Two different streaks ended with that single goal. Not only did it deliver Liverpool's first sectional title since 1989, it also ended the Wildcats' 10-year championship run. Ironically, the Warriors were the last team to beat WG in a sectional game, way back in the 2001 semifinals.
This game meant a lot more, as signified the wild celebration on the field among the players, and in the stands among the Liverpool partisans, after DeAngelis made his historic conversion.
"It was a dream come true," said DeAngelis.
His coach, Mike Felice, concurred. "It's just hard to put into words what this means to us," he said. "We worked so hard for this."
The hard work culminated after the Wildcats, who controlled the ball for most of the OT period, turned it over on a bad pass. After a Liverpool time-out, DeAngelis took the ball at the point and watched the clock run down, just as he had done at the end of regulation before taking a shot stopped by WG goalie Scott Sidnam.
Then, less than six seconds before the period ended, DeAngelis worked past WG's man-to-man defense, found an open lane to the net, and fired it past Sidnam for the championship-winning goal.
"I just took it to the rack and put it in," said DeAngelis.
It was on that very same C-NS turf 12 months ago that those very same Warriors felt despair and dejection after West Genesee beat them 7-6 in an epic sectional final that wasn't decided until the third overtime.