The Pal-Mac boys lacrosse team won the Class B sectional title on Tuesday, which leads off our roundup of local high school sports.
Today, the Palmyra-Macedon boys lacrosse team is a Section V champion.
But make no mistake, this is a journey that started years ago for the Red Raiders.
Pal-Mac (17-2) topped HFL (17-2) 16-11 to win the Class C championship Tuesday at St. John Fisher College, the first boys lacrosse championship in school history.
"I can’t put it into words," Pal-Mac senior midfielder Nate Arnold said. "For the first time in school history, we’re champs and it’s a special feeling. This is 10 years in the making … Al those practices inside and games in the cold when you couldn’t feel your fingers. It’s all worth it now."
The Red Raiders got off to hot start, building a 10-3 lead in the first half. The catalyst for Pal-Mac was James Blazey, who scored four goals over a 10-minute span.
The second-half proved to be a tighter affair, as HFL would cut the lead down to four after three quarter. With the score now 12-8, the Red Raiders clamped down on the Cougars, as Kasey Gallina knocked in two goals in a row, securing the lead for good for Pal-Mac.
"We played good defense," Pal-Mac head coach Joe Hill said. "HF-L has so many kids who can score, but we were good at moving people around and with our short-stick defense."
The top offensive performers for the Red Raiders were Jake Blazey, who scored a season-high six goals, Jake Gallina, who added three goals, and Brian Burger, who scored two goals. Jared Hurlbutt recorded 11 saves in net for Pal-Mac.
"This is my third year playing, but some of these guys have been playing together for 10 years, so I know how special this is," Pal-Mac midfielder Brandon Hawkins said. "There’s really no words to describe it … all the work paid off."
The Red Raiders will next play in the state tournament, which begins on Saturday at St. John Fisher.
Pittsford Sutherland 9, Canandaigua 3
Dylan Mackenzie and Cooper Crunick both hit RBI singles for Canandaigua in its sectional crossover loss to Pittsford Sutherland on Tuesday at Frontier Field.