Cazenovia scored seven straight goals in the second half to seize control on its way to a 16-4 victory over Chenango Forks in state Class C boys lacrosse first-round game Wednesday at Cicero-North Syracuse.
Cazenovia (20-0) extended its winning streak to a state-best 32 games by toppling the Blue Devils. Its seven-goal spurt in the second half turned a 7-3 lead into a 14-3 advantage before Forks’ Jake Gaworecki ended the run with a goal at the end of the third quarter. The Section 3 champions would add two four quarter insurance goals and were never threatened.
Ryan Bronson, Gaworecki, Logan Hall and James Patwell each had a goal for the Blue Devils and Jack Sherwood dished out three assists. CF goalie Matt Swagler finished with seven saves.
Henry Mann and PJ Brown each recorded four goals for Cazenovia.
Earlier in the game Cazenovia produced a 6-1 lead after the first quarter, and tacked on another in the second quarter before the Blue Devils found the back of the net twice in a three-minute span to head into half down 7-3. Forks concludes their regular season with a 13-6 record.
Maine-Endwell 3, Johnson City 0: At M-E, Alex Zimmerman pitched a shutout to lead the Spartans past JC in the Class A semifinals and into Friday’s title game against Vestal at Union-Endicott.
In a game picked up in the second inning after play was suspended Tuesday due to rain, Zimmerman scattered seven hits for the complete game. Teammate Kyle Balmer was 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the third inning to put the hosts up 2-0.
Defensively, Spartan third basemen’ Nick James made four assists.
Vestal 10, Owego 1: At Vestal, Nick Wegmann tossed an 11 strikeout two-hitter, helping the Golden Bears earn a spot in the Class A championship game.
Sophomore’s Matt Benko and TJ Wegmann added two hits and two RBIs apiece, and Mike Osinski went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Owego’s Matt Marsili took the loss.
Elmira 16, Union-Endicott 3: At U-E, Roman Wild tossed a complete-game one hitter as the Express upset the top-seeded Tigers to advance to the Class AA final against Horseheads.
Wild took a no-hitter into the seventh, and walked three batters. Teammates Kevin Snyder and Jordan Judson each clubbed three run home runs for Elmira (13-8) which tacked on 11 runs in the top of the fifth inning to put the game away.
Nick Yesensky took the loss for the Tigers.
Union-Endicott 13, Elmira 2: At U-E, Alexis Eastman struck out 14 in a complete-game effort and added a 4-for-4 performance with two RBIs at the plate to help the Tigers roll past Elmira in a Class AA semifinal.
Adrianna Harvey finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs, two runs scored and two doubles, and Skyler Hoyt scored four runs for the Tigers (16-5), who tacked on 10 runs in the first inning and were never threatened in moving on to the Saturday’s title game meeting against Horseheads, a 3 p.m. contest at BAGASI.
Maine-Endwell 5, Johnson City 2: At M-E, senior pitcher Kim Jones tossed a complete game, striking out 10 as the top-seeded Spartans cruised to a Class A semifinal victory.
Jones didn’t allow a base runner until the sixth inning, finishing with a three-hitter. Offensively, Natalie Longo and Meaghan Raleigh each finished 2-for-3 for M-E, which plays Corning at 1 p.m. on Saturday at BAGSAI.