For every high school boys lacrosse program in Central New York, including Baldwinsville, beating West Genesee qualifies as an ultimate achievement -- only 42 opponents had done so in the 33 years Mike Messere has been coaching the Wildcats.
Well, count the Bees as the 43rd team to join this short and proud fraternity.
Standing up on defense and holding on down the stretch, B'ville beat West Genesee, 6-5, Monday afternoon at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
What made this win even more remarkable was that it came just three days after the Bees lost 15-10 to Fayetteville-Manlius on this same field, so there was little indication that B'ville would turn it around so quickly on the defensive side.
In their first encounter since last year's Section III Class A final won by the Wildcats, B'ville fell behind, 2-1, but rebounded quickly in the second quarter to take a 4-3 advantage.
Maintaining a modest tempo, B'ville answered every time the Wildcats (ranked no. 2 in the nation in some polls) would convert. Late in the third period, with the game tied 5-5, Andrew Ginter flung a shot past WG goalie Steve Mahle to break the deadlock.
Shut out the rest of the way, the Bees needed to do the same to the Wildcats. Joe Cavadine, Shawn Roney and Tom Foederer anchored a back line that ran right with WG's attackers, never giving them many open looks.
When the shots did come, Jordan Marra stopped them. Marra finished with 14 saves, two of them point-blank stops in the homestretch, and he got a stroke of fortune when another Wildcat shot banged off the post in the final minutes.
Ginter, Kevin McMahon and Billy Ward each had two goals, with Pat Mahar and Tyler Brown joining Ward in the assist column. Garrett Ryan (three goals) and Luke Cometti (two goals) accounted for all of WG's production.