Even though the venue shifted, and the course of events changed, what remains true, at least for the moment, is that the Liverpool field hockey team is ahead of Cicero-North Syracuse -- and everyone else in the Class A ranks, too.
Moving to the brink of an undefeated regular season, the Warriors made it 14 wins in a row Monday night at Coyne Field, knocking off the Northstars for the second time this season in a 4-2 decision that did not require last-second heroics or overtime.
Both those elements were in play for the first Liverpool-CNS meeting Sept. 16 at Bragman Stadium. Down by one, the Warriors somehow put in a goal with one second left in regulation, then won it in overtime 4-3.
Despite some other close calls this fall (including 1-0 road wins over Fayetteville-Manlius and Baldwinsville), Liverpool had maintained its perfect mark. Also, CNS hadn't lost, building an 11-1-1 mark before its rematch with the Warriors.
Since it was Senior Night for Warrior players Jennifer VanderMeulen, Mikey Meagher, Alyssa Renk, Lindsay Rossi, Michelle Magdzuik and Rachel Grannell, there were plenty of pre-game festivities. As always, the question lingered as to whether those events would lead to a slow start once the teams faced off.
Liverpool fans need not have worried, though. Just 3:45 into the game, the Warriors went up 1-0 when Madison Buckley deflected Beth Lamison's long hit from the left side into the net.
Thus began a general domination of the first half on the Warriors' part. It spent most of the time attacking and setting up penalty corners, keeping CNS pinned back.
Once in a while, the Northstars would push, and got a penalty corner late in the first half. With Meagher out of position, eighth-grader Emma Lamison had to slap away a potential game-tying shot.