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Lacrosse Hornets fall to Massapequa in state final

F-M beaten in third trip to Class A title game

Berge's lone goal came in the second quarter, where the Chiefs saw its goalie, Matt Valdini, turn back F-M on several occassions in order to take a 6-2 advantage to the break.

Eventually, the toll of Massapequa earning 17 of 21 face-offs, 47 of 65 ground balls and twice as many shots (37, to the Hornets' 18) would be reflected on the scoreboard.

It was the Chiefs' Ian Kirby offering the big blow, putting together a natural hat trick of three goals in a two-minute span late in the third quarter. F-M's deficit stretched to 10-2, and Massapequa didn't let up, adding six more unanswered goals in the final period.

Not only was Massapequa quick and skilled, it was deep. No less than 11 different players scored for the Chiefs, with Kirby and Nick Yevoli the only players to earn three goals.

F-M, meanwhile, pondered the end of its best season in a generation, where it went 18-4, finally got past West Genesee in an intense sectional final with Casey Green's last-second goal, played superb defense to get past Vestal in regional play, and then leaned on Jack Wilson's six goals to survive Fairport.

Now another superb senior class will depart, including Wilson, Green, Pulver, Neils, Stegemann, Oliver, Pat Quinlan, Alex Leuze and Luke Krizman, leaving the likes of Brian Charlamb, John Cote, Erik Badger and Dylan Taylor-Wolford the task of trying to defend the titles it won this spring.

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