Broome faced Finger Lakes CC on Wednesday in their last regular season match with the MSAC title on the line and defeated the Lakers, 5-3. The victory was head coach Bill Rich’s 16th MSAC Championship and secured the Hornets a Region III Playoff birth, the 25th consecutive year Broome has achieved that milestone under Coach Rich.
The Lakers got on the scoreboard first in the 25th minute of play after a goal From Allie Bowe, her first of two in the contest. Bowe’s goal was answered by Avery Kenyon, courtesy of a pass across the box by Arianna Michitti, with just under two minutes to play in the first half, sending both teams into the half tied at 1-1.
Dana Stepp scored her 14th goal of the season, finishing another nice across the box feed by Michitti to begin the scoring in the second half. Kenyon followed that up with her second goal of the contest when she gathered in a through ball by Jenna Albin and put it away. The Lakers would not go away, a Halee Passarell goal in the 68th minute brought the visitors within one before the hosts answered with two goals of their own. The first came from Michitti in the 83rd minute, her 19th of the year, and Kenyon completed her hat trick in the 86th minute to seal the game. Bowe picked up her second of the contest for the Lakers a minute later but the Hornets held on to the lead for the win. Broome was efficient in the second half, taking only 8 shots and converting on 4 of them.
Broome enters into the Region III Playoffs as a #5 seed and will travel to Sanborn on Tuesday and face #4 seed Niagara County CC at 3:30 pm.
Submitted by: Mike Huggler