Fairport, Victor girls lacrosse advance to state finals

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Girls Lacrosse State Semifinals

Class A: Fairport 10, Massapequa (VIII) 9

Brenna Goss netted the game-winner with 26.8 seconds to play sending the Red Raiders back to the Class A state title game.

The game was a rematch of the 2023 Class A state title game and both games ended with the Red Raiders winning 10-9, though last year’s contest went to overtime.

Weather delays in the Class C and D state semifinals caused the game to start over two hours later than its 1 pm start time.

Despite the delay, Fairport stormed out the gates scoring the first three goals of the contest. With five seconds remaining in the first period, Massapequa got on the board on a free-position shot.

At one point in the second period, the Chiefs netted three consecutive goals to tie the game at four. However, Katie Mallaber’s third goal of the first half made it a 5-4 into the break. 

Massapequa outscored Fairport 3-1 in the third quarter to make it a 7-6 lead for Massapequa into the final frame.

With the game tied at eight with 5:25 to play, Mallaber scored an unassisted goal to put the Red Raiders in front. However, the Chiefs answered with a goal of their own with 2:57 left in regulation.

Fairport was able to gain possession off the ensuing faceoff and milked the clock. With less than 30 seconds left, Goss was fouled while attacking. The freshman nailed the free-position shot to punch their tickets back in the state finals.

Massapequa got a quality look after a long pass as time expired, but Marisa Test came up clutch with the save.

Mallaber led Fairport with five goals and two assists while Goss finished with a hat trick. Ella Peers and Camryn DuBose also found the back of the net for the Red Raiders. 

Fairport will take on Cicero-North Syracuse (III) in the Class A state championship. The game will take place on Saturday, June 8th at 2 pm.

The two teams met early in the regular season as C-NS beat Fairport 14-11 in Syracuse on April 1st. CNS also beat Brighton 13-7 this year but lost to Penfield 8-7.

Class B: Victor 11, West Islip (XI) 10

Victor got out to a fast start and held off a late rally to advance to the state championship game for the third straight year in quest of their third straight title.

Victor found themselves up 4-0 at the end of the first quarter and led 6-0 midway through the second. Devin Livingston had three goals in the first quarter and four in the first half.

West Islip eventually got back into the game. They trailed 7-2 at the half and Victor was up 8-4 at the end of the third quarter.

The Blue Devils regained control at the start of the fourth quarter as Livingston, Camryn Adrid, and Libby Boland each scored to put Victor up 11-5.

However, the rest of the game was a bumpy ride to the finish. West Islip ended the game with five straight goals but the Blue Devils held them off in the final seconds to prevent a historic collapse.

The Blue Devils will face West Genesee tomorrow on Saturday, June 8th at 4:30 p.m. as Victor goes for the three-peat.

West Genesee has played one Section V team this season, beating Rush-Henrietta 11-9 early in the schedule on April 4th.

Class C: Sayville (XI) 13, Mercy 8

Despite a strong start, Mercy’s historic season concluded on Friday morning in the state semifinals against the top team in the state.

The Monarchs led 2-0 to start the game and held a 4-3 lead at the end of the first period. However, Sayville scored five unanswered goals in the second period as they took the lead and never looked back.

Krista Harnischfeger led Mercy with three goals and a helper while Mia Lusardi tallied two goals. Lydia Malvaso, Sydney Cook, and Emma Kravetz also found the back of the net.

Mercy finished the season with a 10-10 record.

Class D: Cold Spring Harbor (VIII) 18, Penn Yan 4

On paper, the game featured the top Class D two teams in the state according to the NYSSWA rankings. On the field, Cold Spring Harbor proved to be in a tier of their own as they breezed past Penn Yan.

The Mustangs’ quest for a third-ever state title came to an end Friday afternoon. Section V’s Class D representative fell in a 7-0 hole to start the game and never recovered.

Bailey Cooper and Makenna Mullins each finished with two goals for the Mustangs.

Penn Yan concluded their season with a 17-4 record. 

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