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Girls lax Lakers roll to Class C state final

Skaneateles starts fast, dismisses Putnam Valley 16-6

Skaneateles junior midfielder Alana Navaroli (25) chases down the loose ball during Friday's state Class C semifinal against Putnam Valley at SUNY-Cortland. Leading from start to finish, the Lakers defeated the Tigers 16-6.

Skaneateles junior midfielder Alana Navaroli (25) chases down the loose ball during Friday's state Class C semifinal against Putnam Valley at SUNY-Cortland. Leading from start to finish, the Lakers defeated the Tigers 16-6. Larry Jones

Early in the second half, the Lakers, thanks to Alana Navaroli's draw controls, possessed the ball for long stretches. Though Rabson cut the margin to 9-5, Wood answered two minutes later with her sixth goal, and Ford converted 32 seconds later.

By the time Beatson grabbed the rebound of her own shot off the pipe and found the net with 16:59 left, Skaneateles had a 12-5 lead. Powers and Casey VanSlyke added goals 32 seconds apart at the mid-point of the half, with Sears and Sophie Gorman contributing goals in the latter stages.

Not long after, the Lakers found out that it was facing Mount Sinai, who had needed overtime to squeak past Honeoye Falls-Lima 7-6 in the other semifinal. Wood said that, regardless of who was in the way, her team was ready to win it all.

"We're ready to do whatever we can to win a state championship," she said.

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