End of an Era- West Genesee tops F-M in Coach Messere's final home game

Mike Messere huddles with his team at the end of its thrilling 9-8 victory over the F-M Hornets. The game was Messere's final regular season home game as Wildcats Head Coach (Niko Tamurian)

It's a fitting finish to one of the most truly fantastic coaching careers anywhere at any level.

The West Genesee Wildcats erased a 5-1 first half deficit to outlast the Fayetteville-Manlius Hornets 9-8 at Mike Messere Field on Thursday night.

The game, the soon-to-be-retired Coach Mike Messere's final regular season home game, is a microcosm of the way his teams have worked since 1976.

Consider for a moment that Messere has more victories than any other high school lacrosse coach. Anywhere. In the world.

840 to be exact after tonight, the latest showing true grit and determination to preserve a post game moment the Camillus community will never forget.

Kevin Sheehan connected after Ryan Smith delivered a beautiful, blistering pass to give the Wildcats the go-ahead goal.

After the game, Messere and longtime assistant coach Bob Deegan were presented with plaques by West Genesee Superintendant Chris Brown.

Messere then took the microphone, and in a side not seen by many, the legendary coach fought back emotions while thanking the loyal Wildcat fanbase.

Brown asked anyone in the crowd who either played for Messere or served on the team in a statistician or ball retriever role to raise their hand.

It was harder to find hands that were down.

In total, Messere has 31 Section III Championships and 15 New York State Championships.

Always the competitor, he'd love to leave with one more. When I asked him how he's feeling about one final go-round in the playoffs Messere smiled and said.

"I want to win."

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