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Lakers' Smith, Newland play in Empire State Cup

Skaneateles lacrosse standouts help Central side

— Forced to earn semifinal spot, Central got a second victory over Adirondack, 10-4. Here, Cook served as a distributor, dishing out four assists to go with his lone goal.

In the semifinals, though, Central dropped a 10-6 decision to Long Island. This time around, a slow start, not a poor finish, doomed Central as it fell behind 8-2 halftime and could not make it all up, despite Smith combining with Nehring for 12 saves and Cook contributing four goals to give him 12 for the tournament, tops among all individuals.

However, Central would finish the tournament strong, defeating Western 15-6 on Sunday for the bronze medal mainly on the basis of winning 19 of 23 face-offs. ,New York City repeated as champions by edging Long Island 4-2 in a defense-oriented championship game.

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