Molly Wood was kept in check all game long, but broke through when it mattered the most - and delivered the shot that gave the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team its third state Class C championship in program history.
Wood's goal with just two seconds to play in regulation, achieved off a mad scramble in front of the net, gave the Lakers an 12-11 victory over Cold Spring Harbor in Saturday's state final at SUNY-Cortland.
"I can't describe it, the emotions are so high," said Wood.
Having held the ball for the last five minutes of regulation in a 10-10 tie, the Lakers finally moved toward the net as time wound down. Fittingly, three seniors who went through the heartache of Skaneateles losing the state final to Mount Sinai 12 months ago were involved.
Alana Navaroli got the first shot, but a Seahawks defender blocked it. Picking up the loose ball, Casey VanSlyke crashed a shot off the post, and several players from both teams congregated in front of Cold Spring Harbor goalie Haley Crosson.
At the edge of the group, Wood, who had not scored a goal after earning a hat trick in the Lakers' 16-6 state semifinal win over Honeoye Falls-Lima the day before, sprang into action.
"You can't practice these situations," said Wood. "It (the ball) landed right at my feet. I didn't look at the ball, I just threw it."
The throw proved accurate, finding the net and giving the Lakers its first state championship since 2006.
"Every state title is special," said Skaneateles head coach Bridget Marquardt. "It's been a lot of sacrifice for these girls. Hard work finally pays off."
If the Lakers showed any nerves about playing for the state title, it wasn't showing in pre-game warm-ups, where defender Bella Falcone showed off some dance moves while encouraged by her teammates.