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Willard goal completes Caz rally against Westhill
Yes, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team had rallied before against Westhill. It had gone to overtime before against the Warriors - twice, in fact - and won both times. But the third time, and the third victory, was the biggest and sweetest of all, as Cole Willard's goal in the first minute of OT completed the Lakers' comeback from a six-goal deficit to win, 9-8, in Wednesday night's Section III Class C final at the Carrier Dome.
Big first-half surge follows early time-out in 16-9 win
Mike Messere did not accumulate 801 victories over 40 seasons coaching West Genesee's boys lacrosse team by making hasty, rash decisions. So it had to surprise everyone that closely follows the Wildcat program to see Messere signal for a time-out midway through the first quarter of Wednesday night's Section III Class A final at the Carrier Dome, with WG only trailing Auburn by a single goal.
Big second quarter pushes J-D past Carthage
One quarter of action may have alarmed fans of the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team during Wednesday's Section III Class B final at the Carrier Dome - but by the time the second quarter was done, all concerns were addressed, and a seventh consecutive sectional championship was in sight.
Tense final at Dome decided in final seconds
One more successful attack, and one more goal, would give the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team the Section III Class A championship it had aimed for ever since moving up from the Class B ranks this spring.
Delaney goal in last seconds delivers 8-7 victory
Of all the pieces of championship glory picked up by the West Genesee girls lacrosse team in the last decade and a half, few were as difficult to attain - and satisfying in its acquisition - as the Section III Class A title earned at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night when the Wildcats edged Christian Brothers Academy in a tense 8-7 thriller.
Red Rams stopped one win short of first sectional title in 22 years
More than two decades removed from its last Section III championship, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls lacrosse team tried to climb back to the top, but fell one step short. Top seed Watertown proved too much for the no. 3 seed Red Rams, prevailing 13-7 in Tuesday night's sectional final at the Carrier Dome by building an 11-goal lead and withstanding J-D's attempt at an historic late comeback.
Skaneateles rolls past General Brown in Class C final
One tense, exciting and stressful Section III Class C girls lacrosse game was, for Skaneateles, more than enough. After escaping Marcellus in a dramatic, come-from-behind semifinal May 21 at CBA's Alibrandi Stadium, the Lakers went to the Carrier Dome Tuesday and, playing a superb all-around game, rolled past General Brown 16-5 to earn its third consecutive sectional championship.
Sean, Connor join older sister Kara as national champs
Two years ago in the Philadelphia area, Kara Cannizzaro made Cazenovia proud by leading North Carolina’s women’s lacrosse team to an NCAA championship, beating Maryland in triple overtime for the crown and earning tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Now Kara has company in her own family as her younger brothers, Sean and Connor Cannizzaro, helped take the University of Denver men’s lacrosse team to a national title – also beating Maryland, and also doing so in Philadelphia.
Northstars fall to West Genny after road win at F-M
A chance at snaring the biggest victory in program history lay right in front of the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team.
West Genny dominates C-NS in Class A sectional semifinal
Post-season games are important, and a Section III Class A semifinal is particularly important, even for someone so used to the stage as the West Genesee boys lacrosse team. Yet something beyond the stakes of yet another berth in yet another championship game drove the top-seeded Wildcats when it beat no. 5 seed Cicero-North Syracuse 13-3 in Saturday night's semifinal at Bragman Stadium.