In the span of 24 hours, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team knocked off two possible Section III Class A challengers, further enforcing its status as the overwhelming favorites.
Hennigner/Nottingham came first, a vastly improved team that had ripped to a 5-0 start (including a win over Liverpool on April 11), but had not faced anyone even close to WG's level.
The Wildcats ran to Sunnycrest Field last Tuesday afternoon and put a halt to the Black Knights' season-opening, five-game win streak with a 15-2 romp.
By slowing down the tempo and taking a lot of time with its possessions, the Black Knights stayed within sight for the game's first 15 minutes.
But after Theresa Walton converted with 9:48 left in the first half, Henninger/Nottingham did not score again. WG's air-tight defense, anchored by Stephanie Datellas, Amanda Corso and Lauren Corso, especially proved effective against top scorers Rachel Brand and Dayna Piraino, as neither of them got a point all afternoon.
Meanwhle, the Wildcats methodically closed the first half on a 5-0 run, then kept pulling further away in the second half with its usual blend of offensive balance.
Maria DiFato put up four goals and one assist, with Amanda Cizenski and Lauren Welch each finding the net three times. Kiersten Tupper had four assists to go with her pair of goals, as Karen Bianchi also scored twice. Bre Hudgins added one goal and one assist, as Carly Motondo picked up two assists.
Fayetteville-Manlius was next. Under new head coach Tom Blackford, the Hornets had started 4-2, but were just coming off a 13-10 loss to CBA and were without a key player, Morgan Axenfeld, sitting out with an ankle injury.
Yet this would prove to be the Wildcats' most thorough examination so far. WG prevailed by a score of 15-7, but the margin did not, in any way, reflect how difficult it was.