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Friday, June 9, 2017: Overtime goal completes huge HF-L rally in semifinals

   Leading off today: Senior Caitlin Muir scored 1:27 into overtime to give Honeoye Falls-Lima an 8-7 win over Vestal in the NYSPHSAA girls Class C lacrosse semifinals Friday in Cortland.

   The Cougars will play Mount Sinai in Saturday's championship game, a rematch of the 2015 final won by Mount Sinai.

   Junior goalie Bridgette Kiefer made seven saves as the Cougars rallied from a 6-1 deficit through 23½ minutes. Junior midfielder Payton Reed found Paige Smith for the go-ahead goal, giving HF-L its first lead with 6:57 remaining.

   Mount Sinai dominated Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 16-1 in the other semifinal.

   Meaghan Tyrrell had a game-high six points (four goals, two assists), and Rayna Sabella scored a hat trick to complement a dominating day in the draw circle. Veronica Venezia and Camryn Harloff chipped in two goals apiece.

   Class A: Twins Amanda (six) and Rachel Masullo (four) combined for 10 goals as Middle Country showed off a potent attack in a 20-7 win over North Rockland.

   "I really did have this feeling in me today that I was just going to come out here and kill it, give it my all," Amanda Masullo said.

   State career points leader Jamie Ortega added five goals and three assists to the attack.

   After North Rockland closed an 8-1 deficit to 9-5, Rachel Masullo scored twice to start a 10-2 run by the winners.

   The final will be against Pittsford, which took the air out of the ball for a chunk of the second half and defeated defending champion Syracuse CBA 9-7.

   Clinging to a one-goal lead with 16 minutes left, Pittsford began spreading the field to force the Brothers into take chances in pursuit of the ball.

   "They played a perfect game. They didn't make any mistakes," CBA coach Doug Sedgwick said.

   CBA drew two yellow cards over the final 10 minutes of the first half, leading to two Panthers goals for a 6-4 advantage. CBA cut it to 6-5 late in the half, but Pittsford struck with :13 left in the half on a goal by Jillian Quevedo.

   Tessa Queri of CBA got her second goal to open the second half, but it would be the team's last goal for nearly 22 minutes as Pittsford played keep away. Elizabeth Blanding buried a free position shot with 9:15 to go to extend the lead to 8-6.

   Class B: Kiera Shanley scored eight goals for Fayetteville-Manlius in a 17-11 win over Canandaigua. Her sister Katie scored twice and had four assists, and Annie Steigerwald added four goals.

   F-M came out strong, taking a 6-2 lead before the Braves rallied to an 8-8 tie late in the first half. Kiera Shanley's fifth goal put the Hornets up 9-8 at halftime.

   Canandaigua tied the game again at 11-11, but Steigerwald scored with 11:50 to play to start a 6-0 run for the Hornets.

   Garden City rolled past Yorktown 19-8 in the other semifinal. Kelly George had four goals and four assists, Jackie Brattan added five goals and Kaitlyn Larsson made eight saves for the Trojans.

   Garden City (19-1) scored the first five goals and led 8-2 with 10:46 left in the first half. Yorktown went on a 4-1 run before Jenn Medjid (four goals, one assist) scored with :46 left in the half.

   The Trojans scored nine consecutive goals to open the second half.

   Garden City, which graduated 17 players from its title-winning team from last season, is now a win away from earning the 15th state title in program history.

   Class D: Skaneateles scored the first four goals of the second half to turn a tie into a comfortable lead and then a 10-7 victory over Palmyra-Macedon.

   Skaneateles senior Kyla Sears recorded five goals and one assist, with four of the points coming after the intermission. Riley Brogan registered one goal and three assists.


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  •    Grace Dower scored with :01.7 left in the first half to tie the score at 4-4.

       The Lakers' final will be against Bronxville in a rematch of Skaneateles' overtime win in the 2016 semifinals.

       Bronxville moved on with a 13-7 win over Mattituck/Southold, which led 4-2 before Bronxville went on an 11-0 run.

       Thursday baseball: St. Joe's scored six times in the top of the sixth for a 6-1 win over Lancaster St. Mary's in the deciding game of the Monsignor Martin championship series.

       Colin Miller went the distance, limiting the Lancers to four hits and striking out six.

        • Dylan Sabia threw 5 2/3 innings of three-hit ball as Iona Prep beat Fordham Prep 4-1 in an elimination game in the CHSAA to reach the final vs. Monsignor Farrell, which will earn the title with a win Friday or in a winner-take-all contest Saturday if necessary.

       Jerome Harkins gave Iona the lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly and Dom Bruzzese followed by driving in a run on an infield single for a two-run lead.

       More baseball: Jesse Waters, the coach the last 14 years at Hastings, will return to his alma mater as the successor to Eastchester baseball coach Dom Cecere.

       Cecere died from pancreatic cancer on April 1 after a legendary career that includes 737 wins from 1964-2016.

       "He thought he'd retire one day and probably go do some other stuff, and when that day came, he always thought that Jesse was a great fit," AD Jay Karol told The Journal News. "If Dom said that, his words are worth gold to me. I'll always pay it forward for Dom."

       Waters played for Cecere before graduating from Eastchester in 1993 and playing at Concordia College.

       "I knew coach when I was 13 years old. ... (My goal) is just to show the class that he did on the field, as well as off," Waters said. "If we can continue that, I think it will all work the way that he wanted it to."

       Modified coach Joe Utschig stepped in as the varsity coach this spring, posting a 13-7 record. Utschig will return to coaching the modified next season.

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