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Live from SUNY Cortland, state Class A semifinals: Farmingdale vs. Pittsford (III)

Farmingdale's Melanie Raso, left, and Bay Shore's Alyssa

Farmingdale's Melanie Raso, left, and Bay Shore's Alyssa Leonard battle for a draw during the Class A Long Island Championship at Dowling Sports Complex. (photo by James A. Escher) Credit: James A. Escher

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 girls lacrosse semifinals. We've got a tripleheader of action beginning with Farmingdale (13-4) and Pittsford of Section III (17-3) in the Class A semis coming up in just a couple minutes.

At noon, Garden City (19-0) will take on Canandaigua of Section III (19-1) in the Class B semifinals, and at 2:30 p.m., Shoreham-Wading River (17-2) will play Honeoye Falls-Lima of Section III (15-5) in the Class C semis.

For more on all three games, click here.

But for now, let's get back to the Class A game. The Dalers have been to the state tournament the last five years but only last year got over the hump in winning the title.

On Sunday, they took out Bay Shore 13-9 at the Dowling Sports Complex to win their fifth straight L.I. title behind Melanie Raso's four goals and Alex Gurecki's six key saves.

Raso (pictured, left) leads the team with 62 goals, including 12 in three playoff games. Jamie Leone has 44 goals on the season, Kelly McPartland has 39 and Kyra Ochwat has 34. Alyssa Cardillo has racked up 29 goals and a team-leading 41 assists.

Farmingdale has outscored its playoff opponents 49-22.

Pittsford won its first sectional title this season, and then defeated Lancaster 16-6 in the regional final. They nearly didn't make it out of the first round of the section playoffs, as they needed three overtimes to defeat Fairport 11-10.

They are led by attacks Emily Peets and Devon Collins, and standout goalie Ashley Herbst.

The winner of this game will play the winner of West Genesee (III) and Lakeland/Panas (I), which is being played at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Farmingdale defeated West Genesee 10-9 in overtime in last year's state semis.

We're just about 10 minutes from action here at Cortland, so buckle up!

**UPDATE** (17:45 left in the first half): We're all tied up at 1. Ochwat opened the scoring at 20:20 on an assist from Raso, and then Pittsford tied it on a goal from Stephanie Spoto at 18:22.

**UPDATE** (12:00 left in the first): We're still tied, now at 3. Tori Wehner's free-position goal gave Pittsford a 2-1 lead, but McPartland's free position tied at 2. Wehner's second goal made it 3-2, but Raso spinned and fired to tally the equalizer at the 12:40 mark.

**UPDATE** (3:55 left before the half): Farmingdale leads 5-4. Kimberly Kolodny scored on an assist from Cardillo at the 10:35 mark to make it 4-3, and then Spoto's second goal on an assist from Alison Curwin tied it at 4. Ochwat's second score off an assist from Raso at 8:04 gave Farmingdale a one-goal lead, and that's where we stand.

**UPDATE** (haltime): Farmingdale really poured it on at the end of the half. Raso scored her second goal of the game on a free position with 1:57 left, Leone scored on a feed from McPartland with 20.4 seconds left, and Ochwat tallied her third of the game off an assist from Raso with 7.2 seconds on the clock to make it 8-4 Farmingdale, and that's where we stand at the break.

Here are some halftime stats...

Scoring for Farmingdale

Kyra Ochwat: 3G

Melanie Raso: 2G, 3A

Kelly McPartland: 1G, 1A

Kimberly Kolodny: 1G

Alyssa Cardillo: 1A

Jamie Leone: 1G

Scoring for Pittsford

Stephanie Spoto: 2G

Tori Wehner: 2G

Alison Curwin: 1A

**UPDATE** (19:03 left in the second half): Pittsford opened the second-half scoring on Collins' unassisted goal to close the Farmingdale lead to 8-5.

**UPDATE** (15:45 left): Spoto scored her third goal of the game on a free position for Pittsford to make it a two-goal game, 8-6.

**UPDATE** (13:32 to go): Leone scored her second goal unassisted to give Farmingdale its first goal of the second half at 13:32 to make it 9-6, and then Maegan Meritz made it 10-6 on a feed from McPartland.

**UPDATE** (11:36 to play): Goals by Ochwat (her fourth) and Raso (her third) have pushed the Dalers' lead to 12-6.

**UPDATE** (10:02 left): Farmingdale has thrown it into cruise control with goals by McPartland and Raso to make it 14-6.

**UPDATE** (7:21 to play): And we've hit running time after a goal from McPartland on an assist from Meritz with 8:18 left made it 16-6 Farmingdale. Ochwat's fifth goal had made it 15-6 at the 9:12 mark.

**UPDATE** (2:20 to play): Farmingdale back-up goalie Megan Planz has entered the game with the Dalers holding a 17-6 lead.


The Dalers advance to the Class A title game for the third straight year. They'll play Lakeland/Panas, a 12-11 double-overtime winner over West Genesee at TC3, at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning back here at Cortland.

Here are the final stats...


Ochwat: 5 goals, 1 assist

Raso: 4 goals, 3 assists

McPartland: 3 goals, 2 assists

Kolodny: 2 goals

Cardillo: 1 assist

Leone: 2 goals, 1 assist

Meritz: 1 goal, 2 assists

Gurecki: 6 saves

Planz: 1 save


Spoto: 3 goals

Wehner: 2 goals

Curwin: 1 assist

Collins: 1 goal

Herbst: 12 saves

**Read more about the game here.

Stay tuned for Garden City/Canandaigua coming up in about 20 minutes.

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