The sectional playoffs for boys and girls lacrosse teams begin this week, as Section 3 high school teams fight for a shot at a sectional championship.
F-M, the 1-seed in the Class A playoffs, fell to West Genesee in the Section 3 title game in 2013, and as one of the hottest teams in the area, they hope to not only get back to that game, but win the championship as well.
"I think what we learned from that loss is that we just have to play an entire four quarters," senior attack Jack Wilson said. "This year we're taking that into consideration, we're going to take everybody very seriously, play as a team and finish the job."
F-M plays 8-seed Utica Proctor Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
The top seed in Class B, J-D won their Section 3 title in 2013, and made it all the way to the State Title game, but lost. The squad graduated 18 seniors from that team, but is still primed for another run.
"I think that was a big learning experience for us," junior midfielder Ryan Durkin says. "We had a lot of seniors last year that kind of led us to that game, we took a lot from that game, we know we're not gonna just go to the title game and get a victory, so we're definitely a lot more determined to win one for J-D."
J-D plays the winner of Watertown and New Hartford on Thursday.
On the girls side of things, the 1-seed in Class A West Genesee girls team is looking to avenge an uncharacterstic loss in their Section 3 title game last season to Baldwinsville. They boast a 15-1 record going into the playoffs this season, and are intending to avoid an early exit this season.
"Last year we had 9 days between our last game and our sectional game, this year same thing," head West Genesee girls coach Bob Elmer said. "So, I talked to Doug Sedgwick and said 'do you want to scrimmage,' he said he would so I think that's gonna help us a little bit. I think the kids won't forget about last year, because they were distraught about it, I don't think they'll look past anybody."
West Genesee plays the winner of Baldwinsville and Syracuse on Friday.
The CBA girls team is the top seed in Class B, coming off of a State Title victory, but graduated much of the talent from last year's squad and are admittedly a young team. With that, they're still dangerous at this point of the season, as they continue to grow and learn as they go.
"We've been competitive," head coach Doug Sedgwick said. "I think Mount Sinai was a competitive game, but they're a better team than us, they beat us. West Genesee beat us, but as they said tonight when we finished up we're playing much better than we were in the beginning of the year. Skaneateles is another great team, they caught us and that was good experience for us. So, each step, one day at a time, everybody's talking about going to states and everything, I gotta remind them, we've got ESM or J-D we've got to beat this week."
CBA plays the winner of ESM and JD on Friday.