By Lindsay Kramer
LILacrossenews.com, Posted 6/8/12
CORTLAND – A Bay Shore girls’ lacrosse team with a promising future endured a disappointing present today.
The Marauders challenged West Genesee, but eventually fell short 10-9 in a state Class A semifinal game at SUNY-Cortland.
Carly Cox fired in a shot with 32.8 seconds left, but the poised Wildcats kept milking the clock from there to walk away with the win. That left a Bay Shore squad that loses just two seniors to appreciate the foundation its hopefully building for more runs at a championship.
“We’ll work hard and plan to be back,’’ said Bay Shore coach Allison Pfeffer, whose team finished 19-2.
Section III’s West Genesee (19-1) will meet Section V’s Penfield in the title game Saturday. West Genesee, which lost in the semifinals each of the past three seasons, has five state titles as a program but none since 2008.
Bay Shore got balanced scoring, with two goals apiece from Cox, Cynthia Delcore, Kaitlyn Arnold and Caroline deLyra.
Bay Shore was on the brink of continuing West Genesee’s semifinal frustration. The Marauders trailed 8-6 with 15:20 remaining but drew even on scores by deLyra less than a minute later and Cox with 11:46 left.
West Genesee’s Shannon Hawley responded with 7:50 left, cutting hard down the middle before hitting the back of the net to snap the deadlock.
The Wildcats won the ensuing faceoff, and went into a slow-down offense. They killed about two minutes, turned the ball over but then got it back with 4:37 remaining.
“We didn’t play our ‘A’ game,’’ Pfeffer said. “A little too jittery, inexperienced. They threw the ball away, (made) unforced errors.’’
With just under three minutes left, West Genesee’s Alia Hildebrandt found herself along the left goal line extended.
With no defender nearby, Hildebrandt burst in from the side directly to in front of the Marauders’ net and then whipped in a shot for the 10-8 margin.
Bay Shore won the next draw, but the Wildcats got the ball back by taking a charging call. The Wildcats held the ball until the 2-minute mark, turned it over, and then swiped it back 17 seconds later. West Genesee milked that possession for almost a minute.
The Marauders turned a final takeaway into a free position goal by deLyra with 32.8 seconds remaining, but West Genesee won the last draw and killed the remaining ticks to set up its chance for a state trophy.
strong>West Genesee 10, Bay Shore 9
West Genesee – 6-4–10
Bay Shore – 6-3-9
Erica Geremia, 2-0
Emily Tripodi, 2-0
Alia Hildebrandt, 2-0
Nicole Bello, 1-1
Kara Dattellas, 1-1
Shannon Hawley, 1-0
Liz LaComb, 1-0
Saves: Andrea Francisco, 5
Carly Cox, 2-1
Cynthia Delcore, 2-0
Kaitlyn Arnold, 2-0
Caroline deLyra, 2-0
Paige Leggio, 1-0
Amanda Voges, 0-1
Kyra Harney, 0-1