ALBANY, N.Y. — Fox Lane and Rye are entering their New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Lacrosse regional finals off big wins.
Fox Lane cruised past Section 9 titlist Saugerties, 19-3, as Sydney Stern scored twice and had seven assists. The Foxes conclude the tripleheader at 8 p.m. Saturday against Section 2's Queensbury.
Rye manhandled Section 9 champion Red Hook, 17-3, behind seven goals from Emma Brinkman. The Garnets will play Section 2's Albany Academy at 4 p.m. Saturday at SUNY-Albany. It is the first game of the tripleheader.
Fox Lane will have the best player on the field in University of North Carolina-bound Sammy Jo Tracy. However, Queensbury will also have to contend with Kailey O'Hagan, Kate Burbank and Stern, a master running plays from behind the net. Queensbury's defense will have to mark Stern, who has 90 assists, closely once she has the ball.
Queensbury is a rookie in the state championships, having won its first sectional title. Emma Morrissey netted four goals in the Section 2 final.
Victories by Rye and Fox Lane would stamp their tickets to the state's final four from June 8 to 9 at SUNY-Cortland.
Albany Academy, the top seed in the Section 2 Championships, will have its hands full against the diverse Rye offense. Even though Brinkman is Rye's creative and finishing force, the Garnets have many options. Tori Virtue, Annie Van Wagenen and Scarlett Sulliman are just a few of Rye's finishers.
Emma Malicki had a hat trick, Emma Hardy has two goals and two assists and Emily Downie scored twice in Albany Academy's sectional-final win.