Girls fall in Class D state semifinals to Skaneateles while the boys fall in Class C semifinals to Jamesville-DeWitt
They wanted more, of course. But there is no question about the 2017 girls lacrosse team at Palmyra-Macedon: It has set the standard.
Playing in the state tournament for the first time after winning the first Section V title in school history, the Red Raiders ended their season on Friday with a 10-7 loss to Skaneateles of Section III in Friday’s Class D state semifinal at SUNY Cortland.
Playing a Lakers team with three state titles to its credit and eight previous trips to the state semifinals, the Red Raiders (17-4) did themselves proud with a solid effort. They traded goals in the first half with the Lakers (17-4) and almost took a 4-3 lead into the half before Grace Dower scored with 1.7 seconds on the clock.
But the 4-4 tie was welcome considering it could have been a Skaneateles lead if not for at least two clutch saves on free positions by Pal-Mac goalie Sophia Leva.
"Sophia played very well in net," Pal-Mac coach EJ Burse said. "She made some big saves for us during the game, and she played a complete game for us today."
Coming out of halftime is when Skaneateles took control. Olivia Navaroli scored twice and the Lakers scored two more, including one of Kyla Sears’s five goals, for an 8-4 lead from which Pal-Mac never recovered.
Aldyn Savage scored one of two Pal-Mac goals in the final 7:28, but it wasn’t enough to offset the surge of Skaneateles that started the second half.
Leva finished with nine saves and sister Anna Leva scored two goals, as did freshman Andra Savage. Sophomore Emma Arnold had one goal and two assists for the Red Raiders.
"Our performance this year, in sectionals, regionals, and states, really opens the door for our program," Burse said. "We have 12 seniors graduating, so that will be a tough to replace, however, our juniors and underclassmen have a real chance to build a solid program at Pal-Mac ... the publicity we’ve gotten along with the support from the school and community played a role in our success and will continue as we keep building our program.”
Wednesday’s Class C state semifinal game between Pal-Mac and Jamesville-DeWitt got away quickly from the Red Raiders, and it proved to be too much for Pal-Mac (18-3) in a 20-6 loss at Cicero-North Syracuse HS.
The Red Rams took control of the game early, outscoring the Red Raiders 14-1 in the first half, putting the game out of reach for Pal-Mac. The Red Raiders’ offense would improve in the second half, as they would score five goals after the half, however, the first-half deficit would to be too big of a hole to climb out of.
The top offensive performers for Pal-Mac were Joe Lyko, who scored three goals, James Blazey, who scored two goals, and Kasey Gallina, who added a goal.
This is the second time that Jamesville-Dewitt defeated a local lacrosse team this season, as the Red Rams defeated Victor 9-8 in overtime on May 13. The loss ended the Red Raiders’ first-ever visit to the state lacrosse tournament.