Wildcats beat CNS, finish regular season 18-0

by Christina Alexander

Even with the game not starting on time, that didn't stop the girls lacrosse team of West Genesee to rattle off their 18th consecutive victory.

The Wildcats traveled to Bragman Stadium, where Cicero-North Syracuse was looking to hand WG its first defeat -- but would not come close, as the Wildcats prevailed 16-3.

Still, the first half proved to be close, as WG got the first goal of the game from Colleen Bubnack 58 seconds into the contest.

Off the second draw of the game, a quick CNS foul only resulted in a West Genesee false start, handing the ball right back to the Northstars. The Northstars would make use of the possession, scoring on a free position shot by Rachel Geruso at the 17:38 mark, tying the game 1-1.

To end the first half of play, the Wildcats would go on to score two more goals as opposed to CNS' one to go into halftime with only a 3-2 lead.

The second half would be a different story, though. It was all West Genesee, getting one draw control after another, immediately controlling tempo and running set plays from behind the cage.

Chrissie Hanley would score West Genesee's fourth goal of game 3:17 into the second half. The Wildcats would then go on to score six goals before a timeout by CNS to regroup.

After the timeout, Genny continued their tear with goals by Maria DiFato, Hanley, Kiersten Tupper, Bekah Elmer, and Jenna Williams with assists by Bubnack, and once again Lauren Burgoon.

CNS would get their lone goal of the half from Morgan Silva with 1:08 left. Despite the loss, sophomore goalie, Alex Gale had 14 saves in cage while Silva, Geruso and Lis Zuern had the Northstars' goals.

As for WG, Bubnack and Hanley tallied three goals each, while Bubnack also collected two assists. DiFato, Elmer, Tupper each finished with two goals, as Tupper added two assists and Elmer had one assist.

Burgoon, Lauren Welch, Ariel Kramer, and Williams would round out the West Genesee scoring with one goal, with Burgoon assisting on one. Kelly Fucillo played the first half, recording three saves, while Jenny Perkins came in relief in the second half, turning away three shots as well.

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