The trio of Jack Sherwood, James Pattwell and Bryant Lamere all scored three goals apiece and Matt Swagler made 19 saves as visiting Chenango Forks edged top-seeded Johnson City, 13-12, in a Section 4 Class C boys lacrosse semifinal on Tuesday.
This was the second straight year that Forks toppled a top-seeded JC squad in the Class C semifinals, the Blue Devils prevailing last year, 15-11, en route to the Section 4 title. Forks will meet Seton Catholic Central, a 14-12 semifinal winner over Maine-Endwell, for the Section 4 Class C title 4 p.m. Thursday at Vestal High School.
Forks withstood a pair of JC rallies, the last of those over the final few minutes as the Wildcats (15-2) scored three straight goals – the last of those by Wyz Goodwin with 2:23 remaining – to draw within 13-12. However, Swagler made a nice save on a shot by JC’s Shane Majewski in the final minute to preserve the victory.
Earlier, Forks led 6-1 after one quarter with Sherwood and Cody Lamond scoring two goals each in the opening frame. JC cut the deficit to 7-5 late in the second quarter but Forks scored twice just before halftime to take a 9-5 lead.
Majewski and Goodwin had four goals each to lead JC.
Seton Catholic Central 14, Maine-Endwell 12: At M-E, Sam Crowley had a game-high seven goals and the Saints scored three unanswered goals in the last six minutes to rally past M-E.
Drew Grassi, who had six goals and two assists for M-E, gave the Spartans (15-2) a 12-11 lead when he scored off a Vincent Vultaggio assist with 7:37 remaining. Griffen Covert answered with a goal with 5:46 left to tie it at 12 before Dan O’Brien scored 40 seconds later to give Seton CC a 13-12 lead. Crowley finished the scoring with 3:04 remaining.
O’Brien added three goals and an assist and Covert tallied two goals and two assists for Seton CC.
Owego 7, Maine-Endwell 6: At M-E, Brittany Hathaway scored four goals, including one with 15:06 remaining to give Owego the lead for good, as the fifth-seed Indians stunned top-seeded M-E in a Section 4 Class C semifinal.
Owego (8-9), which had lost twice to M-E during the regular season, will meet Chenango Forks for the Section 4 Class C title at 4 p.m. Thursday at M-E. Forks defeated Seton Catholic Central, 9-7, in Tuesday’s other semifinal.
Hathaway’s goal broke a 5-all tie, and Angel Keppler followed with a goal to give Owego a 7-5 lead with 5:39 remaining. M-E’s Alex Thompson scored with 1:23 to cut Owego’s lead to 7-6 but M-E (13-3) could not get the equalizier.
Chelsea Cable had four goals to lead M-E.
Chenango Forks 9, Seton Catholic Central 7: At Greater Binghamton Sports Complex, Forks’ Brooke Maietta scored six goals and the third-seeded Blue Devils withstood a second-half rally to reach their first Section 4 final.
Maietta scored four of her goals in the first half as Forks (9-6) led 6-1 at halftime. Second-seeded Seton CC (8-6) scored four straight goals to open the second half, the surge capped by a Daniella Ricci goal with 21:09 left to make it 6-5, but Forks’ Lisey Freije scored with 20:08 to go to put the Blue Devils ahead by two and the Saints would not get closer the rest of the way.
Maddie Williams had five goals to pace Seton CC.