Tough battles, but no major upsets in Section 3 lacrosse semifinals

Two coaching legends Pete Fiorini and Mike Messere shake hands after West Genesee's win. It was Fiorini's last game as the Bees head coach.

After some interesting semifinal games on Thursday, the boys Section 3 lacrosse championship matchups are set.

In Class A, the West Genesee Wildcats once again made it to the title game, beating Baldwinsville 12-8. The Bees took an early 3-2 lead in the first quarter, but the Wildcat defense and offense stepped up, taking a 6-3 lead into the half after a 4-0 second quarter. Tyler Brown and Brad Howes both tallied hat tricks for West Genesee, while Matt Koziol recorded 18 saves in the cage. It was Baldwinsville coach Pete Fiorini's last game as coach for the Bees. Fiorini won his 300th career game earlier this season.

The Wildcats will play Fayetteville-Manlius, who held off a feisty Corcoran Cougars team 12-10. West Genesee and F-M play in the Class A Sectional Championship game at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.

In Class B, New Hartford hung with Jamesville-Dewitt for the first few minutes of their semifinal battle, but the Red Rams held the Spartans scoreless for more than 30 minutes at one point, going on to win 18-7.

In the other semifinal, ES-M led Carthage 5-4 going into the half, then came out determined in the third quarter, scoring three goals and keeping the Comets scoreless as well. The Spartans finished off the Comets in the fourth, winning 12-6. Andrew Ross scored three goals and had two assists in the win for the Spartans, while Alec Miller had 12 saves in the net.

ES-M and J-D will play for the Class B title on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

In Class C, 7-seed Homer (who upset Skaneateles) defeated 6-seed LaFayette (who upset CBA) 14-7. Four different Trojans recorded hat tricks, with Brad Sovocoll leading everyone with a hat trick of his own and three assists for six points on teh afternoon.

In the other semifinal Westhill tried to slow the pace down against top seed Cazenovia, which worked for the first half as the Lakers only led 2-0. But Cazenovia, the #1 ranked team in the state, came out of the locker room firing, scoring seven second half goals en route to a 9-2 win. Cole Willard scored four goals and PJ Brown scored three goals in the win.

Caz will take on Homer in the Class C Final on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.