Camillus Without any sort of stress, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team earned a return trip to the state Class C final four.
The Lakers wasted all of 27 seconds to get on the scoreboard in Saturday's Class C regional final game against Section X champion Massena at West Genesee High School.
Twenty goals later the Lakers handed coach Bridget Marquardt her fifth state final four appearance in charge of the program. The 21-4 victory over the Red Raiders marked the fifth game this year where the Lakers scored at least 20 goals.
Marquardt’s team has now completed two of its three preseason goals: sectional and regional titles. What remains, though, is the biggest task of all.
The Lakers face Putnam Valley (Section I) in the Class C state semifinal at SUNY-Cortland on Friday at 2:30. The winner will advance to the championship game 24 hours later on that same Cortland turf.
Casey VanSlyke, Molly Wood (twice) and Nicole Beatson staked the hosts to a 4-0 lead before the Red Raiders tallied at the 18:27 mark on a breakaway through SU-bound Erin Francis.
But Massena needed nine minutes to gain its first sustained possession in the offensive zone, which produced its second and final goal of the half, and by that point, the Lakers were in firm command.
Nine different Laker players contributed 15 first half goals, a testament to Skaneateles’ depth of attacking options. The running clock rule came into effect with 5:40 left in the first half.
The Lakers dominated possession on the strength of an 18-8 faceoff advantage and a 24-9 ground ball advantage.
Wood finished with a team-high five goals and Hannah Powers had three goals and three assists for a game-high six points. VanSlyke, Beatson, Kyla Sears, and Alana Navaroli scored two goals apiece.