Ludden/Grimes girls survive playoff marathon

Gaelic Knights require four OTs, beat Cazenovia

Each person playing in Monday's Section III Class C girls lacrosse first-round playoff marathon between Bishop Ludden/Bishop Grimes and Cazenovia knew that, in just 24 hours' time, one of them would face the daunting task of trying to upend defending champion and heavy favorite Skaneateles.

And none of those players cared one bit.

Going beyond regulation, and beyond the required pair of three-minute overtime periods, the no. 9 seed Gaelic Knights and no. 8 seed Lakers needed nearly four full extra periods to settle matters before Julia Catalano did so, her goal giving Ludden/Grimes an 8-7 victory in a game played at Cazenovia College's Christakos Field.

Due to various scheduling issues, this opening-round sectional game was played two days after the rest of the round was completed.

Maybe that extra wait was required, given all the twists and turns this game took. Ludden/Grimes and Cazenovia played a game that had a full season's worth of excitement into the 61-plus minutes they spent on the field, far surpassing the Gaelic Knights' 11-6 loss to the Lakers back on April 24.

Right away, Teresa Shattuck established herself as the Gaelic Knight's main offensive threat, hitting on her team's first two goals. Despite that, Cazenovia moved out in front, paced by a pair of tallies from Audrey Burbidge,

Burbidge's second goal late in the half, plus Grace Milmoe's goal, pushed the Lakers to a 5-3 halftime lead, something that was far from comfortable.

Ludden/Grimes then made it far more uncomfortable by opening the second half on a 4-0 run, anchored by Shattuck, who added two more goals and assisted on tallies from Gemma O'Kane and Stephanie Brazell.

Trailing 7-5 with less than 10 minutes left, now it was the Lakers' turn to rally, breaking a drought of 18-plus minutes with Milmoe's second goal. Then, with 6:04 to play, Sarah Willard blasted a shot past Gaelic Knights goalie Meg Farrell to tie it, 7-7.

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