West Genesee attacker Brady Hoose (16) celebrates, with his teammates, the goal with 3.1 seconds left that gave the Wildcats a 9-8 victory over Baldwinsville in Friday's Section III Class A semifinal. The Wildcats will face Fayetteville-Manlius in next Tuesday's title game at the Carrier Dome.
Cicero Kept quiet for most of Friday night's Section III Class A boys lacrosse semifinal, West Genesee's Brady Hoose made the biggest noise at just the right time.
Hoose's goal with 3.1 seconds left in regulation completed a fourth-quarter rally and gave the no. 2 seed Wildcats a 9-8 victory over no. 3 seed Baldwinsville at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.
In a tense, sloppy contest that went back and forth, WG blew a three-goal first-half advantage and was shut out for most of the second half, yet rescued itself by taking full advantage of the Bees' self-inflicted wounds down the stretch.
Yet it still looked headed for overtime when B'ville's Ronnie Bertrand put in the tying goal with 26.0 seconds to play, making it 8-8 and helping the Bees atone for allowing a two-goal lead to slip away.
That atonement was only temporary, though. WG chased down the ensuing face-off, and not calling a time-out, it moved the ball around until it came to Hoose on the right side.
Having not scored in this game, Hoose, who has 29 goals on the season, made a swift move on the right side, beating his defender, and flung a hard shot past All-American goalie Parker Ferrigan for the game-winner.
The game was every bit the battle that WG expected after it beat B'ville 9-6 earlier this month. Cold, windy conditions and the fact that the Wildcats had not played in 10 days were reasons for concern.
But it was the Bees that were far off its game in the first quarter, shut out and lucky to only trail 2-0 as Ryan St. Croix and Ted Glesener both connected for early goals.
Bertrand's first goal early in the second period finally got B'ville on the board, and Steve Petrelli tied it, 2-2, but the Wildcats dominated the rest of the half, as Tom Pritchard and Mark Niechcial put WG back in front and St. Croix's second goal made it 5-2.