Skaneateles Any smiles that the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team showed when the Section III Class C playoff bracket came out did not last long.
True, the Lakers were a no. 2 seed, and would enjoy a first-round bye, something only Cazenovia, the undefeated top seed and reigning state champions, would otherwise have in a 14-team field.
But it also placed Skaneateles right into a dangerous spot when it hosted last Tuesday night’s Class C quarterfinal – and sure enough, no. 7 seed Homer exploited that danger, leading most of the way and ending the Lakers’ season in a 15-10 defeat.
The difficult match-up problems that the Trojans posed did not get mitigated by the fact that Homer barely survived its opening-round game against no. 10 seed Watertown IHC on May 17, needing two late goals to pull out a 6-5 win over the Cavaliers.
In a game like this, so many different moments could serve as important turning points. Having not played for a week, Skaneateles was slow out of the gate, and that came at a time when Homer, too, was struggling to produce much, so the Lakers still found itself trailing 2-1.
Then the Skaneateles attack sprang to life in the second quarter, finding gaps in the Trojans’ defenses often. Instead of getting rewarded, though, the Lakers found itself in the same position due to an inconsistent defense, so it went to halftime still trailing by that single goal, 6-5.
A wild third quarter followed. Again, Skaneateles found itself productive in the face of Homer’s defense, and again it meant little, for the Trojans kept answering and, in fact, had spread out its margin to 12-10 with one period left.
All of that frustration took a toll, and the Lakers went quiet in the fourth quarter, unable to do much exactly when it needed one more scoring surge.