Fulton’s girls’ lacrosse team finished within one victory of achieving its primary goal, but had nine seniors who remained grateful for the opportunity to close out their careers on the field.
The seeded Red Raiders suffered a 10-7 loss to No. 3 Jamesville-DeWitt Red Rams in the Section 3 Class C championship game on June 12 at Fulton-G. Ray Bodley High School.
Fulton was chasing the show’s first sectional crown and reached the final for the first time since 2018. They advanced to the semifinals in 2019 before the state canceled the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. last spring.
The game was attended by about 100 Fulton fans, including several recent and former lacrosse graduates, on a sunny day with temperatures around 70 degrees Celsius.
We had a beautiful day, nobody has to wear masks, we have a lot of alumni here supporting and that is a testament to all the work these girls have done, it is a special group and it will always be a special group, Fulton’s coach said , Dan Bartlett.
They had a fantastic season and they have nothing to lose their minds with, they got the No. 1 seed in Section 3, I don’t know if we’ve done it as a program before, they worked really hard, Bartlett added later. It’s going to hurt because our end goal was a sectional title, but I’m proud of everything they did throughout the year.
Fulton jumped to a 4-2 lead in less than 10 minutes of play before his scoring surge came to a halt. Jamesville-DeWitt produced a run to take a 6-4 lead and finally led 6-5 at halftime before gradually pulling away in the second half.
The Red Rams dominated time of possession in the second half and held the Red Raiders in their lowest scoring outing of the season. Fulton scored 10 or more goals in 12 wins this year, including a regular-season sweep over Jamesville-DeWitt, and stuck to the single digits in each of his three losses.
We struggled in the tie and then we just didn’t have possession on offense, said Emma Weaver, a senior at Fulton. When we did, there were a few times when we made mistakes and I think they took advantage of those mistakes, and we didn’t do the same.
Weaver scored twice, including a goal to cut Fulton’s deficit to 9-7 with five minutes remaining, to break the 100-point mark for the season. The senior who will play for Albany Division I next year finished with a team-high 71 goals with 30 assists to lead a decorated senior class.
She is one of three Fulton seniors who signed to play Division I next season, joining midfielder Lexi Patterson and goalkeeper Malie Follett, among a group of nine. long-time program contributors.
Being a tight-knit group, we had a lot of good seniors in the team, so it’s sad that we’re leaving, but the rest of the team is very young and we’re excited to continue to see them play in the future, and hopefully I win one of these games, he said. Weaver.
Fulton’s players stayed in close contact last spring despite the season cancellation and worked to maintain their collective focus in the 2021 campaign.
Their bond quickly showed after 700 days between games, as the returning seniors instantly mingled with young upstarts like freshman Carleigh Patterson and eighth grader Mya Carroll, who finished second and third. place on the team in scoring, respectively.
Our coaches gave us things to do during COVID and that definitely helped us start a family, even when we couldn’t see each other in person, but it was hard to come off a year off, Lexi Patterson said.
For me personally, I will remember playing this year with my sister, and we all love our coaches, she added.
Carleigh Patterson scored a total of three goals to go with an assist in the sectional title game, while Carroll added a goal. Patterson scored 37 goals for the finale with 54 assists, the best team of the season, while Carroll contributed 55 goals and 12 assists.
They will aim to build on their respective shoots next year as they help the show extend its recent streak of success.
We still have some really talented players coming back and hopefully days like today will make them hungry and take the next step and ultimately raise one of these banners ourselves, Bartlett said.