Wildcats beat up Brighton, local foes

Regardless of the opponent, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team brings the same kind of effort, and proceeds to overwhelm whatever is in the way.

And that stays true, even when an out-of-town power arrives in Camillus with the intention of slowing down the Wildcats' machine.

Brighton, the state's top ranked team in Class B from the Section V ranks, offered that challenge on Saturday afternoon, and controlled the tempo in many parts of the game. Still, when it was done, WG had earned a 9-2 victory over the Barons.

By being physical and disciplined at the same time, Brighton aimed to frustrate WG. All it did, though, was slow itself in the process, something the Wildcats exploited and turned into points.

The Wildcats led, 5-1, at halftime, and never let Brighton get closer to the argument because defenders like Amanda Corso, Nicole Perkins and Rachel Lasda closed up every lane to the net, and protected Jenny Fucillo, who had to make just six saves.

Lauren Welch was the lone Wildcat to score two goals. Six others -- Kiersten Tupper, Colleen Bubnack, Lauren Burgoon, Sarah Kuonen, Amanda Cizenski and Ariel Kramer -- earned single goals.

This came after an equally rewarding stretch. On back-to-back nights at the start of May, the Wildcats toyed with two other main Class A title contenders.

It started last Wednesday, when WG went to Liverpool. An overwhelming first half of offense helped push the Wildcats past the Warriors 14-7.

Even with a sound defense, the Warriors could not keep track of all of WG's top players, leading to open shots and easy conversions in the early going.

By the time it went to halftime, it was 11-3 in the Wildcats' favor, and it spent the rest of the game possessing the ball enough to prevent any kind of Liverpool comeback.

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