Now the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team finds itself in the exact same place where, 12 months ago, it saw a state Class C championship dream fall short.
Intent on not letting that happen again, the Lakers earned its second chance on Friday afternoon at SUNY-Cortland by pulling away in the second half to beat Section V champion Honeoye Falls-Lima 16-6.
Unlike 2013, though, Skaneateles won't be facing Mount Sinai. Instead, the Long Island-based foe in Saturday's state title game is Cold Spring Harbor (Section VIII), who ripped past Bronxville 16-4 in the other state semifinal. Game time is at noon.
Alana Navaroli, one of four Lakers to score three goals against HF-L (Nicole Beatson, Kyla Sears and Molly Wood were the others), said the key to winning this state championship game is based on both skill and desire.
"We have to fight to the end, and tell the other team that we want it more," she said.
For fellow senior Nicole Beatson, who scored all three of her goals in the second half to help pull away from HF-L, it's about starting fast, especially since a poor early stretch proved so costly against Mount Sinai a year ago.
"We've got to have a strong first half," she said.
All of this was set up by what took place against HF-L - and at the outset, it had all the markings of another Skaneateles romp.
Within the game's first three minutes, Wood had charged twice into the Cougars' end and had put home goals, with Sears putting home a rebound of her own shot in between.
Trailing 3-0, HF-L took a time-out. From there, two things happened - the Cougars' defense improved in its ability to read the Lakers' attacking tendencies, and that led to Skaneateles having to slow down the tempo and turning the ball over.