HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - For the 26th straight year the Herkimer County Community College men's lacrosse team has made it to the NJCAA regional championship round, and for the sixth straight year the Generals will face their nemesis, Onondaga. Herkimer set up the re-re-re-re-re-rematch Saturday with a 15-11 win over Hudson Valley in the Region III semifinals.
Herkimer, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, lost the regular-season meeting with No. 2 Hudson Valley 15-14 at home, and Saturday's rematch started as another tight one. The Vikings jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter, Herkimer scored three goals in 15 seconds to pull ahead, then Hudson Valley scored two straight to go up 4-3 after one. A lead change and three ties in the second quarter produced a 6-6 score at halftime.
In the third quarter, Hudson Valley went back up 7-6, then Herkimer exploded for eight straight goals spanning into the fourth quarter to go up 14-7. A 3-0 Vikings run cut it to 14-10 with 7:36 remaining, but the Generals held on to get their vengeance.
Andy Jamieson led HCCC's offense with a goal and five assists while Dan Lawson had four goals and an assist, Doug Hoch added three and one and David Limbouris scored three goals. Dan Solazzo made 31 saves.
Herkimer, now 10-2 overall, will face the top-seeded, top-ranked and 11-0 Lazers in the championship Sunday at HCCC at 1:30. Onondaga, which advanced to the final with a 21-3 thrashing of No. 4 seed Monroe, has won seven of the last eight overall meetings with Herkimer including four straight Region III championship games, a streak that ended a 21-year title run by HCCC. The Lazers won this year's regular-season meeting at Herkimer 22-6.