F-M lacrosse wins first Section 3 title in 21 years, J-D wins 6th straight, Caz wins 4th in a row

F-M wins the Class A Section III title

Fayetteville-Manlius beat West Genesee, Caz beats Homer in their respective Section III title games.

The F-M lacrosse team (16-3) got the revenge they were looking for on Saturday, defeating the West Genesee Wildcats (13-6) 12-11 in the Section 3 Class A Championship game in the Carrier Dome. The Hornets trailed 10-8 at one point in the fourth quarter, but came storming back, tying the game 10-10 with about three minutes to go. Thirty seconds later, a goal by Wildcat Nick Cunningham gave West Genesee the 11-10 lead. Thirty seconds after that, F-M's John Cote went to the cage and scored, tying the game once again with 2:00 minutes to play. The two squads didn't score for another minute and a half, until F-M took possession with 25 seconds left. Casey Green decided to make something happen, and did, diving towards the goal and scoring, giving the Hornets the 12-11 lead. West Genesee won the ensuing faceoff, and David Procopio hit the post with just 10 seconds to go, cementing F-M's first Section III title in 21 years.

F-M will take on Section IV's Corning in the state quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. That game will be played at C-NS high school.

In Class B, J-D and ESM went back and forth for the first few goals, but then the Red Rams took over. J-D scored eight goals in the second quarter, and led 14-6 at the half. ESM would try and get back in it, but J-D was too much, winning 23-13. It's the sixth straight Section 3 title for J-D.

J-D plays Vestal (Section IV) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at C-NS in the state regional playoffs.

In Class C, top-ranked Cazenovia grabbed an early lead against Cinderella squad and 7-seed Homer and never looked back, winning their fourth straight Section 3 title 12-8. The Lakers led 7-2 at one point during the first half, but the Trojans kept it interesting, getting within two goals in the third quarter. Laker P.J. Brown was too much though, scoring to retake that three-goal lead, and finished with five on the afternoon.

The Lakers will play their state quarterfinal game against Section IV champion Chenango Forks on Wednesday. The game will start at 8 p.m. at C-NS high school.