Area girls lacrosse teams will take the field early next week with their seasons on the line as the Section III playoffs get underway.
In Class B, Jamesville-DeWitt, the no. 4 seed, has a chance, if it beats no. 5 seed Auburn in Tuesday’s opening round, to get a shot at top seed Christian Brothers Academy, who has a first-round bye, in Thursday's semifinals at Chittenango.
The Red Rams go into the sectional tournament with a 10-6 record and on a serious roll, having won six straight games, few of them as satisfying as last Tuesday’s 14-9 conquest of Mexico.
Back on April 9, the Tigers beat J-D 9-7, and with a win here it would capture the outright OHSL Freedom division championship. But the Rams showed Mexico just how much it has improved since its early-season struggles.
During a tense first half, J-D found its way to a 6-4 lead, nearly matching the total of the entire first game. Then it zoomed well past that mark in the second half, gradually pulling away from the Tigers as Taylor Fallon proved impossible to contain.
No matter what defense Mexico tried, Fallon kept passing the ball to open teammates, who converted on a regular basis. All told, Fallon had nine assists, a career high, to go with a pair of goals.
Carly Neugebauer and Carly Stone each benefited from Fallon’s generosity, with three goals apiece, as did Caroline Kopp and Sam McKenna, who had two-goal outings. Madi Alifiers had one goal and one assist, while Meghan Byrnes had the other goal. Cameron Buck finished with 10 saves, overcoming the game-high four goals from Mexico’s Kali Domicolo.
East Syracuse-Minoa takes the no. 3 seed into the sectional tournament and hosts no. 6 seed Fulton in the opening round, an opponent to which it has grown quite familiar, as it will be the two sides’ third meeting in as many weeks.