SYRACUSE Through its depth, and through its toughness on both ends of the field, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team extended a mark unprecedented in the Section III ranks.
The Lakers turned back main rival Marcellus 12-7 in Tuesday's Class C final at the Carrier Dome and, by doing, so, extended its own record with a 12th sectional championship, but its first outright title since 2008.
"We've been pretty close," said head coach Bridget Marquardt. "So to get it here (in the Carrier Dome) is pretty spectacular."
Senior defender Alex Welch, who saw her team lost to CBA in each of the last two sectional finals, agreed with her coach's senitment.
"It means so much," said Welch. "We've been working toward this for a long time."
The usual balance the Lakers enjoyed on the offensive end was complemented by a defense that, after some early struggles, clamped down in a big way during the second half to make sure that the Mustangs never caught up.
Skaneateles arrived at the Dome hungry to atone for those sectional finals defeats of recent years and confident thanks to two regular-season wins over Marcellus. Meanwhile, the Mustangs, who had never won a sectional championship, sought to reverse all of the frustrations the Lakers had thrust upon them in seasons past and present.
In the opening stages, both sides had reasons to fell good. Alana Navaroli won the first two draws, and it led to quick goals from Casey VanSlyke and Emma Ford, but Allie Burrows found the net nine seconds after Ford's tally to get Marcellus on the board, and Grace Hunt's goal tied it, 2-2.
Just to spice things up further, Maura Gosson drew a yellow card, but the Mustangs got the ball back because Navaroli was caught with a pocket in her stick deeper than allowed.