SYRACUSE, NY: For the first time in school history the GCC men's lacrosse team will play for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Title on Sunday after the No. 4 nationally ranked Cougars upset No. 1 Nassau CC in the national semifinals on Saturday and Onondaga CC, 8-7.
Making its second consecutive final four appearance, Genesee scored the game's first goal with under two minutes to play in the opening quarter when Sherman Williams netted his first of three goals in the game off of an assist from John Jimerson.
Nassau got the equalizer less than 20 seconds later and the first quarter ended deadlocked at one.
The Cougars built a three goal lead in the second after Davis Prince, Chance Gates and Williams all found the back of the net in succession to put Genesee in front 4-1. The Lions got one back before half and GCC took a 4-2 lead into the break.
The Cougars took advantage of a man-up situation early in the third quarter and Prince scored his second goal of the afternoon 40 seconds in to make it a 5-2 game. NCC responded with three goals in a five-minute span to tie the score at five apiece before Pat Van Bortle put Genesee back in front 6-5 with his lone goal of the game at the 4:51 mark.
Nassau tied the game with 18 seconds left in the third quarter and took its first lead of the game late in the fourth with a goal at 5:31. Jacob Bomberry evened things at seven with a goal off an assist from Prince, and with just five seconds remaining, Williams completed the hat trick and scored the game-winner to send GCC to the national finals.
Darin Eakins played all 60 minutes and made 10 saves in net. Reed Hnidy led GCC with four caused turnovers and collected two ground balls. James Deakin and Kyle Dalrymple each finished with four ground balls apiece and Chance Gates had a pair of takeaways.
Prince finished with two goals and two assists and Jimerson also assisted on two goals.
Genesee will move on to face the winner of No. 2 Onondaga CC and No. 3 CCBC-Essex on Sunday at 1 p.m. at OCC.
VIDEO: Genesee vs. Onondaga/CCBC-Essex, Sun, 15 May 2016 1:00 PM EDT