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Big fourth quarter pushes Westhill past Skaneateles

Boys lacrosse Warriors advance to Class C semis

— That commenced a wild, back-and-forth opening period, where every time the Warriors produced something (like goals from Suddaby 28 seconds apart), the Lakers would respond, as Ryan Higman and Alex Brownlee converted in a six-second span.

After all that, the Warriors trailed, 6-4, going to the second quarter, but it settled down on the defensive end during that period. Pete Valenti, Franco Tangredi and Brandon Devendorf started to disrupt the Lakers' offensive patterns, and Jack Sweeney produced seven of his 13 saves.

Meanwhile, goals by Ryan Zimmerman and Mark Purcell tied it, 6-6, and Suddaby's tally 1:17 before halftime gave Westhill its first lead of the day, 7-6, where it stood at the break.

But after Suddaby hit for the fourth time early in the third quarter, Westhill went cold, and Skaneateles took full advantage with goals from Higman and Strods to tie it 8-8, setting up the critical sequence at the end of that period.

All game long, Suddaby and his teammates took crisp passes from the likes of Richie Easterly, who finished with five assists. Jack Centore contributed a goal and three assists, while Zimmerman picked up two assists.

In what promises to be a hard-fought Class C semifinal, Westhill takes on no. 3 seed Cazenovia next Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Chittenango High School. The Lakers, who routed Homer 16-4 in its quarterfinal game, is looking to avenge an 8-7 overtime defeat to the Warriors on May 3, with the winner here to face LaFayette or CBA in next Saturday's sectional title game.

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