EAST SYRACUSE — Make it 18.
The Lakers notched the first 11 goals in the first 23:10 and cruised the rest of the way, as top-seeded Skaneateles routed No. 4 Marcellus 17-4 in the Section III, Class D semifinals at East Syracuse-Minoa High School Thursday.
Skaneateles moves on to take on either No. 2 South Jefferson or No. 3 Westhill in the section finals at SUNY Cortland Tuesday. It’s the 18th straight trip for the Lakers to the section finals under head coach Bridget Marquardt.
“I don’t think about not being in the championship game,” Marquardt said. “Yesterday all I thought about was Marcellus and playing them. I didn’t think about next Tuesday. I tell the girls to focus on one game at a time and that’s always been our philosophy. I don’t think about ‘Oh my gosh I might not (make it to the finals).’ … I expect to be there. We hope to be there and we work to be there. Today we needed to beat Marcellus. We can’t think about Tuesday, we need to think about this game.”
Grace Dower paced the Lakers’ offense with four goals and seven assists, while Maggie Newton scored five times.
Olivia Navaroli had four goals and one assist, Riley Brogan netted a pair of goals, and Anna McGlynn and Elizabeth Wamp each had one goal and one assist. Navaroli also went 20-for-24 on the draw.
Ioanna Christou finished with three saves for the win.
Skaneateles opened the scoring at the 3:28 mark on a goal from Navaroli, and held a 10-0 lead by the 17:09 mark to get the clock running.
Marquardt used the boys team — who was upset by LaFayette Tuesday — as an example for her team.
“They had beaten LaFayette in the regular season and look what happened to them,” said Marquart, whose team previously beat Marcellus 17-6. “I think that helped our game plan, because this is a totally different game. It’s 0-0 for us in the postseason … I said ‘You beat them two weeks ago, but that means nothing.’”
With an 11-1 lead at the break, Skaneateles scored six of the first seven goals of the second half to build a 17-2 lead. The Mustangs scored two more times, but their comeback fell well short.
Now the Lakers focus on playing for another section title.
“I just want to get everyone healthy and watch the other game,” Marquardt said of the Westhill-South Jefferson semifinal matchup. “We’ll celebrate tonight and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.”