Leading off today:
Senior midfielder Reid Jackowski scored 37 seconds into overtime Saturday to cap an improbable run to the NYSPHSAA boys Class D lacrosse championship in Lafayette/Onondaga's 9-8 victory
over Briarcliff at St. John Fisher College.
Jackowski had scored with 2:20 left in regulation as the Lancers completed a furious rally from three goals down. Lancers goalie Collin Dix made a huge stop on Matthew Waterhouse with 3:26 left, and LaFayette/Onondaga twice sent shots wide following a timeout before Jackowski cashed in with a quick turn-and-shoot off a feed from Erin Gentile to tie.
Skariwate Papineau, who had struggled on faceoffs throughout the game against Briarcliff's Michael Donoghue, won the overtime draw to set up the winning goal for Lafayette/Onondaga, which struggled to a 9-7 regular-season record after a decision early in 2019 to combine the two schools for lacrosse.
"He's gotten us to where we are the second half of the season," coach Chris O'Hara said of Papineau. "He's an emotional kid. He's passionate, and he plays with a lot of heart. We knew it was in him."
The Lancers called timeout, and when play resumed Dylan Lyons worked the ball up top before feeding Jackowski on the left side. Jackowski quickly fired past goalie Ian Leahy.
"This is something I've dreamed about shooting around in my back yard," Jackowski said. "Every player wishes they could get the tying goal, the winning goal. And it happened to me today. So it's pretty incredible."
More boys finals: Massapequa senior midfielder posted three goals and three assists in a 10-6 win over Fairport for the Class A championship.
"It's amazing and I've been envisioning this for so long," Greenblatt said. "It's a little surreal right now. I don't even have words, it's awesome."
Eamon Hall, Colin Gleason and Sam Lutfi added two goals each while Angelo Petrakis won 15 of 20 faceoffs for Massapequa, which won its first state final since 2014.
Fairport won a pair of faceoffs and scored twice in a ten-second span to close to within 10-6 with 5:41 left, but Petrakis won the next faceoff and Massapequa held possession until the final whistle.
"There's no doubt that we're the best team in the state," Petrakis said. "We proved that today. We executed perfectly and came out state champs."
• Jack LaRue scored four goals and senior goalie Liam Haller made 21 saves as Victor won its fourth state championship in five years with a 9-7 win over John Jay Cross River in Class B. Camden Hay chipped in with three goals.
"Every year, you have state champs and sectional champs and we want to contend for that," coach Jim Andre said. "And this year, we played all the great Section V teams ... and you could tell they were excited. They could smell blood.
"But we learned from each game, learned from each loss and gradually put the pieces together to come away with a state championship. I'm just thrilled for these kids."
It was a 2-2 game until late in the third quarter when Hay scored unassisted at 6:55, Joey Pezzimenti connected at 6:48 and Hay scored twice more at 5:53 and 3:43.
"At first, I was a little jumpy, nervous," Haller said. "But after those two goals, I started to track the ball a bit better and the defense was giving me the perfect opportunity to make saves.”"
• Xavier Arline finished with five goals and a pair of assists to lead Shoreham-Wading River to a 12-7 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt in Class C.
The championship was the fourth in school history.
Johnny Schwarz and Dominic Visintin added two goals apiece, while Liam Daly made six saves. The Wildcats led 8-2 at halftime.