The Warwick-Minisink Valley lacrosse rivalry provided another great game on Thursday in the semifinals of the Section 9 Class A tournament.
When the overtime thriller was finished, second-seeded Warwick escaped with an 18-17 win. The Wildcats trailed 9-7 at halftime and by as many as four goals in the second half. Krista Adler led Warwick with five goals and Emma Bodeker, Juliana Marcolini and Juliana Giello added three apiece.
Giello scored the game-winner for Warwick on an assist by Marcolini with 2:15 left in the second three-minute overtime session. The Wildcats play six-time defending Class A champion Kingston for the championship at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Kingston.
Offense ruled this game. However, Warwick goalie Emma Brown, a sophomore, came up big late when Minisink Valley almost tied the game. She staved off sudden death overtime with a big save off a shot by Minisink Valley star Jenn Peters in the closing seconds on Thursday. Peters scored six goals with three assists to lead Minisink Valley (9-7).
She had two chances to tie the game with 1:05 left. Peters hit the left post and, with 35 seconds left, Brown stopped her at point-blank range. A senior, Peters finishes her career with 359 goals, which is fourth all-time in the state. Genna Gross added four goals for Minisink, 0-6 vs. Warwick since the start of last year, and Heather Molander had three goals and three assists.
The Wildcats are trying to become the first Section 9 team to beat Kingston since Pine Bush in the 2006 Class A final. Warwick made its first appearance in the Class A championship last year, losing to Kingston 15-10. The Tigers, who beat Monroe-Woodbury 19-3 in the semifinals on Wednesday, defeated Warwick 10-8 on April 9.