ROCHESTER - Though there was just one goal scored between the two of them, it was the play of Tucker Hill and Adam Witscheber that spearheaded the MCC men's lacrosse team to a 12-5 victory over Herkimer College in the semifinals of the Region III-A tournament on Wednesday.
Hill won 19 out of 20 faceoffs and scooped up 20 ground balls on the day. Witscheber was a menace on the defensive end, causing nine General turnovers while picking up 10 ground balls himself. Whether coming off a faceoff or in transition, the duo was usually leading the charge for the Tribunes (6-5). MCC now moves on to face top-seeded Onondaga in Saturday's regional title game.
That one goal between them came right away for Monroe, as Hill won the opening faceoff, raced down the field, and scored just 11 seconds in for a 1-0 lead. Cruz Mayberry and Taylor Clements tacked on goals as MCC took a 3-2 lead into the second quarter.
Anthony Kimber tallied three of Monroe's four goals in the second quarter, including a man-up score with 44 seconds left, to give Monroe a 7-4 lead at the break.
The Tribune defense took over from there. MCC allowed just one goal over the final 30 minutes, killing off four separate man-down situations. Benjamin Rotenberg was stout in the cage, making seven of his nine saves in the second half.
Monroe forced 38 turnovers and held a 47-18 edge in ground balls.
Kimber finished with for goals and an assist while Mayberry added three goals and two assists. Brett Cunningham tacked on two goals and two helpers. Reed Perestam had one goal and one assist, and Mitchell Summers dished out two assists.