Cicero-North Syracuse freshman midfielder Meghan Duffy (16) runs away from Fayetteville-Manlius' Lindsey Trachtenberg during Wednesday's weather-delayed Class A playoff game, where the Northstars beat the Hornets 14-12 as Duffy picked up two goals and one assist.
But just like it did earlier in the month, F-M blazed out of the gate in the second half, getting goals from Lilly Hanlon, Mac Everding and Cara Esposito to erase most of its deficit.
C-NS needed a time-out - and got one from the skies. Right after Esposito's goal 4:16 into the half cut it to 8-7, rumbles of thunder in the distance caused a third delay, but this time it only lasted a half-hour, enough time for the dangerous skies to clear up and for the game to end.
Again, the Northstars used a break in the action to regroup, as goals from four different players - Tortora, Duffy, Sarah Bowles and Miriam Ghabarou - built the margin back to 12-8 with less than seven minutes to play.
Now it was F-M's turn to use a time-out (not caused by weather) and turn things around. Marri Ryu scored on consecutive possessions, and Sam Hotchkiss followed with a goal, all in a span of 1:08, that made it 12-11 with more than five minutes left.
A tense exchange of goals - Megan Caveny for C-NS, Hanlon for F-M - made it 13-12, but C-NS's Tiffany Ryan saved the game, first by winning the draw after Hanlon's goal, and then by forcing a turnover when the Hornets got the ball back.
Tortora, who finshed with three goals and three assists, fed Cummings for an insurance goal with 1:16 left. And goalie Bri Stahrr, who replaced an injured Stefani Reynolds earlier this month, made her ninth save in the waning seconds to clinch it.
Not far away, at LHS Stadium, a far different game took place as Liverpool, the no. 3 seed, had to wait just as long to beat no. 6 seed Syracuse, but was in firm command all the way.