In order to have a full amount of success, the Westhill girls lacrosse team will need to make consistent defensive stands.
Until then, though, the Warriors would be wise to keep on attacking, as it did last Tuesday when it proved to have more endurance than Marcellus in a wild 23-16 victory over the Mustangs.
Arriving with a 6-1 record, Marcellus wanted to move up the Liberty National division standings, and matched goals with Westhill in the course of a fast-paced first half. By the time the teams caught their collective breaths at the break, the Warriors and Mustangs were in an 11-11 tie.
All Westhill had to do is get more possession of the ball in the second half -- which it did, giving Marcellus far less chances to convert and allowing the hosts to build a comfortable margin.
Laura Zimmerman piled up six goals and four assists as her talented senior mate, Katie Doherty, put up four goals and two assists.
Carolyn Clark, Mackenzie Rainone and Colleen Lowery got their own there-goal hat tricks, with Clark adding two assists. Annie O'Connor had two goals and one assist, with Samantha Marshall adding a goal and two assists. Brenna Rainone also scored.
For its part, Marcellus had six different players with multiple goals, though none more than Meghan Connors and Nora Barry, with three goals apiece.
It was far more lopsided on Friday, at Onondaga, where the Warriors again went wild on the offensive end to beat the Tigers 25-11.
Again, it proved to be steady work -- 13 goals before halftime, 12 more in the second half -- as Westhill had six different players come up with hat tricks, a team record for a single game.
With OCS worried too much about Zimmerman and Doherty, Marshall set a new personal best for points -- nine -- as she got five goals and four assists. Clark also flourished, matching Marshall's five-goal output and adding a single assist.
Zimmerman (four goals, two assists) and Doherty (three goals, three assists) still came up with six points apiece, while O'Connor continued to improve with three goals and Mackenzie Rainone also had three goals. Lowery backed up her single tally with a pair of assists as Erin Bright also got a goal.
With a record of 9-2, Westhill seeks avenge its April 3 defeat to CBA Tuesday night before playing Bishop Ludden on Thursday.