The Spartans finished the regular season last Wednesday by facing the Red Raiders and winning by a score of 12-7, avenging a 12-10 defeat to Fulton back on May 8 by playing a superb second half.
They were tied, 5-5, at halftime, but in the last 25 minutes ESM took over, led by the trio of Nicole DeVona, Haley DeVona and Rachel Toole, each of whom finished with three goals and two assists.
Sara Hennessey, Cindy Brownson and Megan LeGro offered the support, with one goal apiece, while an air-tight ESM defense forced turnovers and kept goalie Courtnee Notaro protected, Notaro only having to make seven saves.
Meanwhile, in Class A Fayetteville-Manlius had the no. 5 seed and, on Tuesday night, goes on the road to face no. 4 seed Cicero-North Syracuse, looking to advance to Thursday’s semifinal at CBA’s Alibrandi Stadium against top seed and defending state champion West Genesee.
F-M lost its last two regular-season games, including last Monday’s 14-8 decision to Baldwinsville, the second time it fell to the Bees in a 10-day span. The Hornets were unable to recover after falling behind 8-4 in the first half.
Sam Hotchkiss, in defeat, scored four times, with Lindsay Trachtenberg adding two goals. Marri Ryu and Erika Stube also found the net as Cara Esposito picked up a pair of assists. Aubrey Devreau had seven saves as, for B’ville, Sarah Klaben (five goals, one assist) and Taylor Gebhardt (two goals, four assists) led the way.
Two nights later, F-M dropped a wild 15-13 decision to Class C favorite Skaneateles, a game where the Hornets found plenty of success against the Lakers’ defense, yet still trailed 10-7 at halftime and could not quite catch up.
Ryu had five goals, with Mackenzie Everding stepping up for four goals and one assist. Esposito and Trachtenberg each had three assists as Hotchkiss managed two goals and one assist. Lilly Hanlon and Olivia Tejan had the other goals as Carly Primo and Meg Fero contributed single assists.
The difference was that Skaneateles had eight players score goals, to F-M’s five, with three-goal hat tricks from Hannah Powers, Kyla Sears and Alana Navaroli, plus Nicole Beatson getting two goals and two assists.