West Genesee midfielder Tom Pritchard (22) keeps possession of the ball despite a check from Fayetteville-Manlius’ Kroy Arnold (8) in Tuesday night's Section III Class A final at the Carrier Dome. The Wildcats won, 6-5, in double overtime, earning an 11th sectional title in the last 12 years.
continued As the final seconds of regulation ticked down, F-M charged down the field. Ryan DaRin caught the ball in stride, sprinted to the net, fired and beat WG goalie Matt Koziol - but the shot crashed off the pipe, and the sectional final went to overtime for the third year in a row.
F-M's Dan Cahill won the face-off in both of the OT periods, only to fling a possible game-winning shot wide in the first extra frame and watch as the Hornets turned it over in the second OT.
That led to the game-winner. Ginestro beat his defender behind the net and, taking a feed from St. Croix on the left side, drew Bedell out and flung the shot past him.
"I saw the ball coming, took the extra step and finished it," said Ginestro.
Long before that, Ted Glesener had set the Wildcats' confident tone for the evening when he scored just 21 seconds into the game. St. Croix added a goal, fed by Ginestro, that made it 2-0 midway through the first quarter.
As that went on, WG's defense, anchored by Garrett Waldron, Jimmy Cunningham and Nick Mellen, frustrated the Hornets' potent attackers in a way they hadn't done in two regular-season losses to F-M. Waldron, in particular, stood out as he kept the Hornets' all-time leading goal-scorer, Kevin Lux, off the board in the first half.
"We took it upon ourselves to step up, and we did," said Waldron.
Despite this great defense, F-M broke through with goals from Arnold and Jack Wilson to pull even, 2-2, by halftime, and took its only lead of the night on Cahill's tally 4:20 into the third quarter, only to have WG's Brady Hoose tie it at 3-3 a minute later and Tyler Brown convert on a man-up situation late in the period to put the Wildcats back in front.