It's been an historic season for Section III lacrosse, as every team, boys and girls, classes A, B and C, has now advanced to the state semifinals.
The boys teams all advanced on Wednesday, and the girls teams did just as well, as Baldwinsville, CBA and Skaneateles all advanced to the State Finals on Friday.
In the first game of the day, starting at 9:30 a.m., the Baldwinsville Bees played in their typical gritty and gutty fashion, coming back to beat Suffern 9-8. The score was tied at halftime at five, and Suffern even held an 8-6 lead with about 11 minutes to play in the game. Senior Amari Pollard then scored two of her three goals of the game, and teammate Sarah Klaben added the game-winner with four minutes to play, advancing the Bees to the State Finals.
Baldwinsville is familiar with their next opponent in Farmingdale, as the Dalers defeated the Bees by 11 goals earlier in the 2013 season.
"Hopefully, we can reverse the score from the beginning of the year," Baldwinsville coach Doug Rowe says. "They got us pretty good, so it's a great opportunity to see if we can get it."
Farmingdale won back to back Class A State Titles in 2009 and 2010, so their program has been stellar in recent years, but the Baldwinsville players still have revenge on their mind.
"I'm excited to redeem ourselves," Amari Pollard says. "I think it's a nice chance, I think we might come out with a surprise since they won so easily when we were first playing, so I'm excited to see how that turns out."
Baldwinsville and Farmingdale play at 9:30 a.m. for the Class A title on the Cortland State campus.
In Class B, Christian Brothers Academy led John Jay-Cross River the entire game, but never really had a comfortable lead, as the Indians made the Brothers work throughout, eventually ending up with a 17-13 final, with CBA advancing to the State Finals for the second time in program history. Marisa Romeo has six goals for CBA, leading all scorers.
CBA plays Brighton in the Class B Finals, a team CBA coach Doug Sedgwick admitted was surprised to see, but still respected.
"I know they have a stifling defense, and that's their backbone," Sedgwick, who won the 2011 Class C title, says. "It's not offense...it's defense, so we have to figure out something tonight to get the ball in because they play a lot of defense like we do. This 'backer' defense...they do it really really well. These kids--they are brought up from elementary school learning his defense so we'll have a big challenge playing them."
CBA will play Brighton at noon on Saturday at Cortland State.
In the final game of the day, Skaneateles soundly defeated Putnam Valley 16-6 to advance to the Class C title game. The Lakers took a 9-4 lead into the half and never looked back, and now look to win their first state title since 2005 and 2006. Molly Wood scored six goals in the victory.
Skaneateles plays Mount Sinai in the State Finals at 2:30 p.m.