After all three Section III boys lacrosse team advanced to the State Finals on Wednesday, the Section III Class A, B and C girls lacrosse teams are preparing for their own State Semifinals coming up on Friday.
On Friday, the Baldwinsville Lady Bees will face Suffern from Section I in the State SemiFinals with a spot in the State Finals on the line. Throughout the season, the success of the team has come through hard work and pure determination. However, the success and journey of this young team through the playoffs is still a surprise to Head Coach Doug Rowe.
??Part of our quote is ??Fight Until the End?? and they have really done that and they??ve bit into it,?? Rowe says.
Even though the team??s wins have not been pretty, Coach Rowe is not complaining.
??We might be goofing this up, goofing that up, but the next thing we know the buzzer rings and we??ve won the game again because they just fighting," Rowe says.
For the players, like senior Amari Pollard, making the playoffs and having a shot at winning the state title is a reward for their continuing hard work during practice and on game day.
??We all just want it a lot,?? Pollard explains, ??I feel it??s really important to us. We??ve all been working so hard for it.??
Team chemistry has also been a key factor to the winning ways of the team, even with rough play.
??I think it??s because outside the team we are all good friends and we all try to do stuff and hang out a lot so on the field we have a good chemistry. It makes it more fun for us,?? says senior Sarah Klaben.
The Baldwinsville Lady Bees play Suffern down at SUNY Cortland tomorrow. Opening face-off is scheduled for an early 9:30am start. The last State Championship for the Lady Bees came when they beat Suffern in 2000.
In Class B, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team will take a 17-2 record into their State semifinal game with John Jay-Cross River on Friday. The Brothers dominated in their regional, pummeling Vestal 21-2. Harvard-bound Marisa Romeo leads the Brother with 61 goals and 40 assists this season, totaling 101 points. Syracuse University bound Taylor Poplawski is second to Romeo in each category, with 40 goals and 29 assists, totaling 69 points this season.
They Brothers face off at noon at Suny Cortland on Friday.
In Class C, The Skaneateles Lady Lakers Lacrosse team has relied on strong equation to get to the State semifinals. With a large mixture of upperclassmen and lower classmen, including some middle schoolers, the Lady Lakers have proven that their depth is a major obstacle for opponents. Even worse for opponents is that even with the wide range of ages, there is a abundance of skill that will carry on long after this postseason is over. Add in that the team has terrific chemistry, you have a powerhouse girls lacrosse team that is looking to win a State Championship.
"I think this year I think the team chemistry and overall depth we have, we don??t have one or two stars, we have a lot of contributors and when you can contribute 24 players, everyone contributing, that makes it harder for the opponents, certainly that??s our motto and we??ve stuck to it,?? Coach Bridget Marquardt explains.
The players also pride themselves on having such a great ability to work as a team with a high skill level.
??This team has so much depth, everyone on offense can hold the ball in their stick and everyone can do something with it and we know we can put anyone in any position and they??ll do with it,?? says Molly Wood.
??On offense and on defense, every single one of our players is really strong,?? Emma Ford states. ??Everybody contributes a lot, we don??t just have one star. We have an entire team that works together all the way down the field and everybody contributes a lot.??
The Skaneateles Lady Lakers take on Putnam Valley on Friday at SUNY Cortland in the State Semifinals. Game time is scheduled for 2:30pm.