SYRACUSE Scenes of extreme emotion played out at the end of last Tuesday night’s Section III Class A boys lacrosse final between Fayetteville-Manlius and West Genesee at the Carrier Dome.
One group of players was piled together on the field, celebrating a championship. The other was scattered about the turf, some motionless, many in tears, others close to inconsolable.
For two long decades, the Hornets have hoped to be on the happy end of this scene, but once again it proved otherwise, F-M falling to the Wildcats 7-6 in double overtime as Dan Ginestro’s goal 2:32 into that second extra period ended it.
After a one-year hiatus, WG returned to the sectional throne it has enjoyed so many times before, earning its 18th title in 20 years, while F-M, who was undefeated and no. 3 in the state Class A rankings, remains without a sectional championship since 1993.
F-M head coach Chris Kenneally said his team had no excuses for the outcome.
"We had our chances and didn't get that last goal," he said. "It was a great game. West Genesee deserves everything they got tonight. We left it all on the field."
Wildcats head coach Mike Messere said that this title may mean a bit more because of how much his players struggled early in the season and searched for consistency.
"They were very frustrated, but they came through," he said. "They came from so far back. To get to this level is pretty good."
Twice, F-M erased two-goal Wildcat leads, and literally came within inches of winning it in a wild sequence at the end of regulation.
WG had a man-up situation with 1:10 left after Clay Arnold, frustrated with turning the ball over on an F-M possession, committed a pushing foul. But the Wildcats could not convert, as Hornets goalie stuffed Ryan St. Croix's point-blank attempt.