Through three contests last week, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team clearly established itself as the main challenger to West Genesee's Section III Class A throne.
What the Hornets also showed was that, with everyone in place, its attack could be much more difficult to contain.
This especially proved true Friday night, at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, where the Hornets took charge in the third quarter and earned a 15-10 victory over the Bees.
Both teams came in with 3-1 marks, and for two periods, they played to a standoff. B'ville scored twice in the game's first three minutes, only to have F-M get three goals in a three-minute span to seize its own 3-2 lead.
So it went through the entire first half. F-M briefly had a 5-3 edge, but B'ville scored twice to tie it. Late in the second quarter, the Bees went up 6-5, but Blair Hanson's answering goal just 39 seconds later made it 6-6, a mark that stood until halftime.
Hanson, who had missed F-M's 8-5 loss to West Genesee on April 4, had returned to the lineup earlier in the week, a strong attacker with a knack for finishing off scoring plays that took big-time pressure off teammates like Matt Taylor, Anthony Krizman and Mike Poppleton.
Together, this quartet proved lethal when B'ville committed a series of penalties early in the third quarter. F-M went ahead for good when Poppleton, Taylor and Hanson scored within a span of 36 seconds to make it 9-6.
And it didn't stop there, as the Hornets eventually outscored B'ville 8-1 in that frame. The sudden 14-7 margin proved impossible for the Bees to overcome, even if F-M got a bit sloppy down the stretch.
Taylor and Hanson both finished with four goals, as Taylor added three assists. Krizman issued his own three-goal hat trick, as Poppleton joined Matt Fallico, Mike O'Neil and Will Reznikov in the single-goal column. Chris Miles had 16 saves against a Bees attack where Billy Ward (three goals, two assists) led the way.