Skaneateles junior midfielder Molly Wood (8) turns and runs upfield in Saturday’s state Class C final against Mount Sinai. In the Lakers’ 15-6 defeat, Wood picked up three goals, adding to the six goals she scored in the semifinal win over Putnam Valley and earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.
A minute later, Pirreca's second goal gave Mount Sinai a 4-3 lead, and it kept on going, Fitzgerald and Dellarocca both contributing their second goals to put the Lakers behind 6-3 late in the half and force Marquardt to use a time-out.
But the Mustangs kept on charging. Shayna Pirreca converted twice late in the half, with Fitzgerald converting on her third goal in between, and the shell-shocked Lakers went into the break having seen a three-goal lead turn into a 9-3 deficit.
Even the long halftime rest didn't stop Mount Sinai's momentum, as Shayna Pirreca made it 10-3 nearly five minutes into the second half. All told, the Lakers' drought covered nearly 25 minutes before Wood scored with 18:56 to play.
By then, though, the Mustangs were well on its way to its first-ever state championship, extending the lead to double digits with two more goals from Shayna Perreca, which gave her four for the day, plus another goal from Sydney Perreca (her fourth) and Dellarocca.
Battling to the end, the Lakers saw Wood (who joined Emma Ford and Hannah Powers on the All-Tournament team) and Casey VanSlyke put in late goals, all part of a vast learning experience for a team that graduates just six seniors, though it includes standouts like Emma Ford, Rachel Hurley and Alex Welch.
"We played hard to the end," said Marquardt. "We never gave up. We had a spectacular year and I'm very proud of my players. A lot of people didn't think we would get here."
The large group of 2014 returnees will have the same motivation that Mount Sinai had this time around - namely, to get the ending right.
To that end, said Marquardt, she told her returning players to pay attention to the post-game ceremony, to see the Mount Sinai players receive their individual medals and the championship trophy, and get hungry to win it all next spring after seeing someone else take the title.