Pittsford girls hang on to capture Section V's first girls lacrosse title since 2005 – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

CORTLAND — The girls on the Pittsford lacrosse crew knew what occurred seven hours earlier Saturday about 110 miles away again dwelling. They knew the Panthers’ boys team squandered a four-goal lead in the final minute and misplaced the Class A state championship, 10-9 in time beyond regulation, at St. John Fisher School.

The girls have been looking at practically the identical state of affairs in their very own title sport at SUNY Cortland, however they refused let current historical past repeat itself. Regardless of failing to defend a two-aim lead the ultimate :09 of regulation, the Panthers pulled out a dramatic 10-9 win over Section XI’s Center Nation to capture Section V’s first state title in girls lacrosse since Brighton received Class B in 2005 and solely the fourth general. Pittsford is the first native crew to win Class A.

“We knew what we had to do as a result of we’ve performed in these massive video games,” stated senior midfielder and sport MVP Jenna Doyle, considered one of 18 returnees from final yr’s state runner-up squad. “We have been so unhappy for (the boys) however it actually motivated us to push ahead and do what we had to do. We wished a special consequence.”

Ellie Mooney delivered it. The sophomore transformed on a low, free-place shot that went off the goalie and trickled over the aim line 65 seconds into the second sudden-loss of life interval.

“We all know that when the sport’s on the road she’s going to end and she’s going to make performs,” coach Donovan Lopez stated. “She’s probably the most aggressive child on the crew.”

Her brother, Brennan, is a senior on the boys crew that felt crushed after its loss.

“I didn’t need it to be like a really, very unhappy day. We had to have some positivity in my household,” stated Ellie, the sixth-main scorer for the balanced girls. “So, I get to go dwelling and share it with him, which is nice.”

The Panthers (20-) will even share it with different Pittsford girls groups which have come oh-so-shut in recent times however might by no means fairly seize the golden ring.

“Superb,” was the one phrase senior assault Caroline Cullinan managed when requested to describe her feelings.

She’s considered one of a handful of gamers who have been on the Mendon basketball crew that lost the state title game in March, 48-46. Cullinan led Pittsford with three targets. Doyle and fellow senior Jillie Quevedo every had two and senior Elizabeth Blanding had a aim and three assists.

Junior goalie Michelle Messenger had 4 saves, none greater than one on the regulation horn and one other on the finish of the first OT.

“They have been undoubtedly capturing laborious and low and they have been actually robust to save at first, however fortunately I used to be in a position to make it when it counted,” Messenger stated.

The groups traded punches like heavyweight boxers within the first half. Center Nation (19-Four) led 2-, however Pittsford scored 4 straight. The Mad Canine answered, scoring thrice within the closing 5:55 to tie it at 5 at halftime. They have been led by North Carolina recruit Jamie Ortega, who had 4 targets to give her 103 this season.

Center Nation related twice early within the second half to go up 7-5, however Quevedo scored and Doyle’s free place tied it at 7 with 11:56 remaining. “We made a number of errors however we’re not the kind of crew that’s going to get down on ourselves,” Cullinan stated.

Blanding discovered Quevedo slicing down the left aspect for the go-forward aim with eight:56 left and Cullinan’s aim off an Alex Pound move with three:59 to go appeared like a clincher. Pittsford stalled efficiently in Friday’s 9-7 win over Syracuse CBA, avenging final yr’s 11-6 loss within the closing. However Ava Barry scored with :09 left and Ortega tied it at :49.

Despite the fact that Pittsford has proven poise and is loaded with veterans, Lopez reminded his gamers of one thing earlier than OT. “Every little thing that we’ve labored for this yr,” he stated, “has ready you for this second.”

When Mooney’s shot slipped in, he stated he thought: “Oh my God. Did that simply occur?”

It did, lastly bringing a girls lacrosse title to Pittsford, which had misplaced within the 2010 title sport in OT to Northport, 11-10, and lastly bringing tears of pleasure, not disappointment.

“It’s a sense like no different,” Doyle stated, her eyes welling up. “These girls are my finest mates. I've my sister (Megan) on the crew … it’s one of the best feeling.”

JDIVERON@Gannett.com

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