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F-M girls survive CNS, 8-7

A good break in the schedule allowed the Fayetteville-Manlius girls lacrosse team to stay relatively active during a week where some of its foes could do nothing but wait for the snow to melt.

By far, the week's key event was Friday's trip to Cicero-North Syracuse, a make-up of the April 5 game at Bragman Stadium abandoned at halftime due to a fierce snowstorm.

This time around, the Hornets were in front most of the way, but had to hold off a fierce late comeback by the Northstars to pull out an 8-7 win.

Since the original postponement, the Northstars had built a 4-0 record, and had just knocked off Liverpool 9-8 the night before -- but it was playing for the third time in as many days.

F-M was engaged in its third game in four days -- but the previous two contests had been romps of Rome Free Academy and Oswego, neither of which taxed the team that much.

By playing solid defense, the Hornets were able to work through a slow start, taking the lead for good midway through the first half. When Lindsey Crawford slipped in a pair of goals late in the half (including one as time expired), F-M flew into the break with a 5-2 lead.

For a majority of the second half, F-M tried to run and wear CNS down, and Crawford's third goal, with 8:42 left, put the Hornets up 8-4.

But the Northstars refused to go away. Ashley Waldron answered Crawford's tally just 10 seconds later, and Lis Zuern also netted a goal to cut the margin to 8-6. When Rachel Geruso scored off a turnover with 1:43 to play, the lead was just one.

F-M tried to run out the clock, but CNS got it back and set itself up for a final shot -- but Waldron could not get it off in time, and the Hornets had the win.

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