Leading off today:
Claudia Hoeg made a point-blank save to deny an open shooter with 2.5 seconds remaining and preserve Mattituck/Southold's 7-6 victory
over South Jefferson in a NYSPHSAA girls Class D lacrosse semifinal Friday at SUNY Cortland.
The last-chance heroics advances the Tuckers to Saturday's championship game against Bronxville.
"There were no defenders nearby so it was a little nerve-wracking (but) I just had to remain calm," said Hoeg, who made six saves. "It was a low shot and they were doing that throughout the game, so I was hoping it would be in that location. I just got my stick down and hoped for the best."
Midfielder Chelsea Marlborough (two goals, two assists) scored with 11:13 remaining to put Mattituck/Southold ahead 7-5.
"I remember turning around and seeing the two-on-one with Claudia," Marlborough said. "Everyone was huddled around Claudia. I couldn't see if it's a save or not, then Claudia stands up with the ball. I thought to myself, 'We made it, we made it!'"
Mattituck/Southold had a goal disallowed with 3:04 left due to an illegal stick but still led by two until South Jefferson's Sydney Roderick scored with 1:53 left. Jane DiGregorio won the ensuing draw for Mattituck/Southold and the Tuckers brought the clock down to 15.4 seconds before South Jefferson forced a turnover to set up its final possession.
Bronxville advanced with a 14-5 win over Palmyra-Macedon as Victoria Ruffo scored five goals and Allie Berkery and Fiona Jones each contributed hat tricks. The Broncos, who fell in double overtime in last year's final after beating Mattituck/Southold a day earlier, jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back.
Section 5 advances three: A trio of Rochester-area schools won semifinals Friday:
• Penfield edged North Rockland 9-8 in Class A as junior attack Morgan Cox scored a free-position goal with 1:53 to go in overtime. The game-winner gave the Patriots their only lead of the contest.
Cox finished with four goals and an assist.
Penfield played two girls down with more than five minutes remaining in regulation after accruing its fourth and fifth yellow cards, but the Patriots outscored the Raiders 3-1 while shorthanded.
• Brighton rolled past John Jay Cross River 17-7 in Class B as Katie Smolensky had five goals and an assist. Katie Lederman added three goals and three assists for the Barons.
Brighton outscored JJCR 9-1 in the second half.
• In Class C, Honeoye Falls-Lima rallied from two goals down in the second half and defeated Brewster 10-9.