Good morning from SUNY Cortland girls lax enthusiasts!
I'm Chris Mascaro and I'll be bringing you all of today's live game action of the New York state finals. We've got a tripleheader of action beginning with Farmingdale (14-4) and Lakeland/Panas of Section I (19-2) in the Class A final coming up in just a couple minutes.
The question today is: Can the Long Island teams sweep the three classifications for a second straight year?
In case you missed anything from yesterday's semifinals, here is a story on Garden City's hard-fought 16-15 win over Canandaigua in the Class B semis, and here is a story on SWR's 14-11 win over Honeoye Falls-Lima.
For more on all three games, click here.
For now, let's get back to the Class A game. The Dalers are the defending state Class A champs, but it took them four trips before they took the crown.
Yesterday, Farmingdale earned a 17-6 victory over Pittsford behind five goals from Kyra Ochwat and four from Melanie Raso. The Dalers closed the game with nine unanswered goals.
Raso (pictured, left) leads the team with 66 goals, including 16 in four playoff games. Jamie Leone has 46 goals on the season, Kelly McPartland has 42 and Ochwat has 39. Alyssa Cardillo has amassed 29 goals and a team-leading 42 assists.
Farmingdale has outscored its four playoff opponents 66-28.
Lakeland/Panas earned a 12-11 double-overtime win over West Genesee yesterday at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Kristin Pappalardo scored 19 seconds into the sudden-death period to earn the win.
Anna Jeszeck scored for the Rebels with 1:10 left in the second three-minute overtime to tie the game at 11. Two-time All American goalie Alex Fitzpatrick made eight saves.
LP also won in two overtimes in their regional matchup against Guilderland, 11-10. This is the Rebels' first ever state final appearance.
We're just about 10 minutes from action here at Cortland, so buckle up!
**UPDATE** (14:40): Guess what? We're still scoreless. Fitzpatrick made a sweet save on Farmingdale's first free position attempt, and Lakeland/Panas hasn't had many chances on Dalers' goalie Alex Gurecki.
**UPDATE** (8:29): I think it's safe to call this one a defensive struggle, as this game is STILL scoreless. Fitzpatrick has made six saves, including four from point-blank range, to keep the Dalers off the board.
**UPDATE** (8:17): And we finally have a goal, as Alexa Bonnes scored on a free position out of the T.V. timeout to give Lakeland/Panas a 1-0 lead.
**UPDATE** (4:22): Lakeland/Panas now has a 2-0 lead, as Jeszeck scored unassisted 4:22 before the half.
**UPDATE** (2:30): It took 22 minutes and 30 seconds, but Farmingdale is finally on the board, as Maegan Meritz scored unassisted to make it 2-1 in favor of Lakeland/Panas.
**UPDATE** (half): And we head into the break tied at 2. At the 1:32 mark, Kimberly Kolodny scored on an assist from Jamie Leone.
Here are the (brief) halftime stats:
Meritz: 1 goal
Gurecki: 1 save
Fitzpatrick: 8 saves
**UPDATE** (21:39): The second-half scoring is coming faster than the first. Kelsey Bub scored on an assist from Jeszeck to give Lakeland/Panas a 3-2 lead, but Raso tallied her first of the game to tie it at 3.
**UPDATE** (18:22): We're again tied, this time at 4. Megan Bozek scored on Jeszeck's second assist, but then Raso scored her second of the day on a feed from Kelly McPartland to square it up.
**UPDATE (13:27): Farmingdale has taken its first lead of the day at 5-4. Raso was double-teamed, but she found Leone for the score.
**UPDATE** (11:24): The Dalers have opened a two-goal lead. Meritz scored her second of the game on an assist from McPartland to make it 6-4.
**UPDATE** (6:41): Lakeland/Panas closes the lead to 6-5, as Emma Bozek tallied a goal on an assist from Bridget McGovern.
FARMINGDALE 6, LAKELAND-PANAS 5
The Dalers capture their second straight state title.