Four Section V girls lacrosse teams pursue state titles: What you need to know
Here we go. For the first time since 2019, New York will crown state champions in girls lacrosse.
Section V has a team in each class heading to the state semifinal round so Rush-Henrietta, Victor, Honeoye Falls-Lima and Palmyra-Macedon are ready to take their respective shots at winning the first title in school history.
All four teams play in Friday’s semifinals and the winners advance to Saturday’s championships games at SUNY Cortland, so let’s take a look at what each of our local teams offers, and what they’re up against.
Girls lacrosse: Rush-Henrietta, Victor, HF-L , Pal-Mac head to state semifinals
Friday's NY girls lacrosse state semifinal schedule
at SUNY Cortland
Rush-Henrietta-V vs. Baldwinsville-III, 9 a.m. (tickets)
Suffern-I vs. Northport-X, 9 a.m.
Victor-V vs. Fayetteville-Manlius-III, 11 a.m. (tickets)
Queensbury-II vs. Westhampton Beach-XI, 11 a.m.
Honeoye Falls-Lima-V vs. Fulton-III, 1 p.m. (tickets)
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake-II vs. Manhasset-VIII, 1 p.m.
Palmyra-Macedon-V vs. Skaneateles-III, 3 p.m. (tickets)
Bronxville-I vs. Cold Spring Harbor-VIII, 3 p.m.
Class A: Rush-Henrietta vs. Baldwinsville
Rush-Henrietta is on a roll, outscoring three postseason opponents 37-17 with a balanced offense led by Ally Garrett (53 goals), Lena Cox (46) and Avery Roberts (36). Three more players are in double figures for the Royal Comets and they’re in great shape on the other end with a pair of goalies in sophomore Angelina Oechsle and senior Lily Ventresca.
The situation in goal is that Ventresca is committed to Slippery Rock and Oechele is not committed, but the sophomore is the No. 1 keeper for R-H, which gives you an idea of her future. Roberts is a UNC commit who has 73 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers, so she’s doing damage all over the field.
The balance of R-H’s offense is the real weapon for this team because so many finishers are capable. The Royal Comets are swift and precise without the ball as well and that is effective and turning defenders around and creating shooting space for easy looks.
Baldwinsville has 66 goals in three postseason games and has three players with 40 or more goals, led by Carlie Desimone’s 64 goals and 44 assists. Mia Pozzi (51-26) and Brianna Peters (40) round out the top three and Grace Hollenbeck (37) and Sophia Muscolino (31) add depth to help a defense that’s anchored by Sam Tanguay.
Class B: Victor vs. Fayetteville-Manlius
Plenty of teams are “loaded” at this level but the commit list for Victor includes Virginia, Villanova, Duke, Le Moyne and Michigan. And that list covers every third of the field, so the Blue Devils not only have balance, they have balance all over.
Eva Pronti is the scoring leader with 46 goals but she also has 75 assists, so she understands the value of moving the ball when slides come her way. The result is five other teammates scoring in double figures.
Sophomore Devin Livingston is Victor’s do-it-all midfielder with 48 goals, 120 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers. She’s the top 8-meter threat for the Blue Devils and her contributions to the overpowering offense helps ease the pressure of a defense that’s led by goalie Kennedy Schottland, who comes up with big saves every game.
As solid as the Blue Devils are, theirs is a humble confidence as they make their first trip to the state semifinals since 2016.
Fayeteville-Manlius will counter Livingston’s presence on draws with Ava Angello, who also has 98 goals this spring. Julianna Cogliandro (53 goals) and Melanie Steigerwald (64) are big parts of the offense as well and the F-M defense is a unit that’s improved steadily throughout the season.
Class C: Honeoye Falls-Lima vs. Fulton
Honeoye Falls-Lima is making its 13th trip to the state semifinal round but is still pursuing its first state title. The Cougars have lost in three finals since 2015.
Senior Whitley Easton (54 goals), junior Clare Ruff (47 goals) and eighth-grader Shaye Angelo (42 goals) lead the way for a balanced offense that has four other players in double figures and 5-foot-10 sophomore Paige Kidd helps set the tone with a physical presence that’s tough to contain.
Goalie Brady Lily does well to anticipate shots but the defenders in front of her, like senior Emma Hoffman, deserve more credit for the work they do. The Cougars have held their three postseason opponents to a combined 20 goals.
Fulton has rebounded well, beating Jamesville-DeWitt in the Section III final after losing to J-D twice in the regular season by lopsided scores. The Raiders are a young team and their top three scores are freshman Mya Carroll (97 goals) and sophomores Carleigh Patterson (77) and Anna Bednarz (51).
Goalie Molly Evans is a sophomore and Patterson and Carroll will handle the draw duties.
Class D: Palmyra-Macedon vs. Skaneateles
This is Pal-Mac’s fourth straight trip to the semifinals and the Raiders would love to break through to a state final for the first time.
Senior Kylie Waeghe is the unquestioned offensive leader and beyond her 74 goals, she plays with attitude. Waeghe is one of two seniors on this team so the Raiders are getting plenty of contributions up top from young players such as sophomore Reagan Diehl (54 goals), freshman Jenna Santelli (26) and junior Molly Seither (19).
Faith Beals is the junior goalie who manages the defense well but also benefits from a defense and a midfield that approach ground balls like hounds. The Raiders average nearly 25 per game that extend their possessions and limit them for opponents.
Skaneateles has four state championships and lost in three other finals, so the history is strong. The Lakers are deep on offense with Julia O’Connor (54 goals), Bella Brogan (42) and Kathryn Morrisey (32) leading a pack that has three more players with 20-plus goals.
Kelsey Rutledge, Maeve McNeail and Ella Bobbett are the defensive runners in front of goalie Rachelle Cain that’s come through in clutch situations in the postseason.
Saturday’s NY girls lacrosse championship schedule
at SUNY Cortland
Class A: 9 a.m.
Class B: 11:30 a.m.
Class C: 2 p.m.
Class D: 4:30 p.m.
This article originally appeared on MPNnow: NY girls lacrosse tournament 2022: Schedule, matchups, need to know