Section 3 lacrosse powerhouses battle to the end on Saturday

Skaneateles celebrates their game-winning goal over West Genesee

Four of Central New York's best lacrosse programs battled on Saturday, each game providing big-time drama.

The afternoon featured J-D and West Genesee boys playing in Jamesville. The Red Rams opened up a 6-2 lead in the second half, but after going back and forth, the Wildcats came all the way back, scoring five goals in the final period to win 11-9. The Wildcats improve to 4-2, while J-D falls to 4-2.

In the evening, the West Genesee girls visited Skaneateles in what turned out to be a classic. It was a low scoring affair, as the Wildcats led just 3-2 in the first. West Genesee came out firing in the second half as well, scoring two goals in a row to take a 5-2 lead. But, the Lakers would not go away easily, getting goals from Hannah Powers, Kyla Sears and Nicole Beatson to tie the game 5-5. The Lakers had the ball in West Genesee territory with thirty seconds remaining, but a charge call gave West Genesee the ball back with less than 10 seconds to play. After a timeout, Marissa Hudgins took a shot and scored, sending the Wildcats into celebration with six seconds left. But, the officials determined Hudgins' stick wasn't legal, sending the game into overtime.

Neither team scored in the first overtime, but in the second, Powers charged the net and scored, giving Skaneateles the 6-5 win in double overtime. Katherine Widrick made six saves in goal for West Genesee, while Malorie Olin made 14 saves for Skaneateles. Sears had a hat trick for the Lakers. The Lakers improve to 7-1, while the Wildcats fall to 7-1.