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CBA advances to girls lacrosse final, F-M and J-D bow out in state semifinals

CBA's Grace Hulslander accepts her MVP award following Friday's state semifinal win over West Islip from SUNY Cortland.

The Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team brought the heat while the sun shone down at SUNY Cortland when it blasted its way past West Islip with a final score of 13-8.

The player of the game went to senior Grace Hulslander as she contributed with five goals and two assists. Olivia Penoyer helped with three goals and an assist while goalie Iris Vinal had ten saves.

At one point in the game, the Brothers were up 8-7 with eight minutes remaining. The Brothers knew they had to do something if they wanted to secure their place at the final.

Over the course of the last eight minutes, CBA went on a 5-0 run that led it to scoring 13 total goals.

"It's honestly a feeling like no other, and for me to be a senior and sort of lead this team as a captain," CBA senior Grace Hulslander continued, "it's an honor and I'm humbled and I'm so happy I get to be a part of a team and a program that's as awesome as this one."

Christian Brothers Academy will play Penfield in the New York State, Class A Girls Lacrosse Championship Game on Saturday, June 9 at 2 p.m from SUNY Cortland.


Meanwhile, the girls at Fayetteville-Manlius were hoping to make a repeat appearance in the state championship. However, the Hornets fell short to Manhasset in the state semifinals with a final score of 14-8.

Trying to help the Hornets get to the finals were Annie Steigerwald and Gemma Addonizio, who both had three goals apiece, but they could not stop the Indians.

The Hornets scored the first two goals of the game, but by halftime, they already trailed the Indians, 6-3.

With a little under ten minutes remaining in the regulation, the Indians responded with back-to-back goals to take a 11-7 lead.

In the end, the Hornets season had come to an end, falling to Manhasset, 14-8.


In Class C, Jamesville-Dewitt had never been to the state semifinals. Its journey to the state title was cut short Friday when it fell to Cold Spring Harbor, 16-8.

In the first half, the Seahawks went on a 8-0 run, leading to a 10-5 halftime score, in favor of Cold Spring Harbor.

Katie Lutz had three goals and one assist but it was not enough for J-D to pull out a win.

With it being Coach Rice's first year with the Red Rams, the program had never reached the New York State Final Four in the program's long history.

"They're a great team, we have great seniors and they led the team to a great success," J-D head coach Stephanie Rice articulated. "We've never made it this far, and they fought the whole game and never gave up."


In Class D, South Jefferson fell to Mattituck on perhaps the most heart-thumping finish of the day.

With 15 seconds remaining in regulation and the Spartans trailing 7-6, South Jefferson successfully connected a string of passes down the field, leading to a wide open shot for Mia Buckingham in front of the goalie.

However, a terrific save shut the door on the Spartans' attempt to tie the game and force overtime.

In the end, Mattituck had escaped with the 7-6 win.




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