After all the surprises in this year's girls lacrosse playoffs, the same three teams that brought home state titles last year (the first time Long Island swept the event since it went to a three-class format in 2005), will travel back to SUNY Cortland this weekend to defend their titles.
CLASS A SEMIFINALS
Farmingdale (13-4) vs. Pittsford (17-3)
The winner will play the winner of West Genesee and Lakeland/Panas at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
About Farmingdale: The Dalers have outscored their three playoff opponents 49-22, led by Melanie Raso's 12 goals and nine assists. Defense was an issue in the middle of the season, but goalie Alex Gurecki has come up big in the postseason with 30 saves.
About Pittsford: The Panthers won their first sectional title this season, but they nearly didn't make it out of the first round of the playoffs, as they needed three overtimes to take out Fairport, 11-10, on May 28. They are led by attacks Emily Peets and Devon Collins and goalie Ashley Herbst.
CLASS B SEMIFINALS
Garden City (19-0) vs. Canandaigua (19-1)
The winner will play the winner of Watertown and Fox Lane at noon Saturday.
About Garden City: The Trojans are looking to break their own record of four straight state titles this weekend (they won four straight from 1999-2002). Led by Caroline Tarzian (75 goals, 36 assists) and Mikaela Rix (53, 18), Garden City is shooting for its fourth 20-win season in the last five years and first perfect season since 2006.
About Canandaigua: The Braves had little trouble advancing to Cortland, as they outscored their four playoff opponents 83-18, scoring at least 20 goals in each game. All-American midfielders Taylor D'Amore (Johns Hopkins) and Abbey Friend (UNC) pace the offense.
CLASS C SEMIFINALS
The winner will play the winner of Carthage and Nyack at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
About SWR: The only Suffolk team ever to win a state title in any class is gunning for its fourth straight Class C crown behind All-Americans Kaitlyn Brosco (60 goals, 33 assists) and Jen DeVito (63 goals, 24 assists).
About Honeoye Falls-Lima: The Cougars get a rematch of last year's state final they lost to SWR, 13-11. Star midfielder Lindsay Powell will play with Brosco at Notre Dame next year. Also, their "HFL" jerseys look very similar to the Wildcats' "SWR" unis.