Apr 22, 2008 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
In a span of a week, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team conquered two high-quality local opponents, then went out and won its own weekend tournament — but not before seeing its dreams of another perfect season nearly get short-circuited.
The danger point came on Saturday afternoon, in the opening round of the inaugural Wildcat Classic. WG was in severe danger against Archbishop Carroll, a Pennsylvania school from the Philadelphia area, and needed a memorable comeback to pull out a 15-14 victory.
Carroll came in without any fear of the Wildcats, showing a great ability to finish off scoring plays. During the first half alone, Carroll got more goals than WG had allowed in any other game this season, forging an 8-8 tie.
For Wildcat fans, it got even more perilous in the second half, as Carroll stormed to the lead. With less than 10 minutes left, WG was down 14-10, and only a quick turnaround could prevent the team’s first defeat since the 2006 Section III Class A final.
Here, the Wildcats showed remarkable resilience. It started winning the draws and grabbing the ground balls, then cut the deficit to 14-11 before Carly Motondo took over.
All Motondo did was score her team’s last four goals, often with feeds from Kiersten Tupper, who finished with five assists to go with her three-goal hat trick. Motondo’s outburst allowed WG to go in front, and stay there.
Lauren Welch helped out, too, scoring four times, as Maria DiFato scored twice and Ariel Kramer added a single goal.
And this followed a wild opening-round game where another Philadelphia-area school, Bayard Rustin (West Chester), went to overtime to beat Skaneateles 13-12.
WG met Rustin in Sunday’s finals and again seemed to be in some trouble before a patented second-half surge brought a 14-6 victory over the Golden Knights.
Rustin outplayed the Wildcats in the first half, grabbing most of the ground balls and dictating tempo. Kelly Fucillo made most of her 10 saves early, keeping WG within sight, though a goal just before halftime put Rustin in front 3-2.
Whatever was said at halftime must have registered. In a span of just more than six minutes early in the second half, WG put home eight goals, surging to a 10-4 advantage and never looking back.
Welch led the way this time, with five goals, as Kramer earned a three-goal hat trick. Tupper, DiFato, Amanda Cizenski, Bre Hudgins, Nicole Perkins and Lauren Corso each had one goal, with Tupper adding two assists.
Carroll, proving that its great effort against West Genesee was not a fluke, beat Skaneateles 16-7 in the consolation game.