No, it wasn't a championship game, or even a league game. But to the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team, it sure meant a lot.
When the Bees held off West Genesee, 9-8, last Thursday night at Henninger High School's Sunnycrest Field, it put an end to the two-time defending state Class A champion Wildcats' 52-game win streak.
"Our kids have proven that they can compete against anyone this year," head coach Doug Rowe said.
Perhaps not since 2000, when the Bees won both the Section III and state Class A titles, had the Bees been able to savor a win like this one, and it was richly earned.
What also helped, perhaps, was that B'ville was well-rested. Six days had passed since B'ville had last played, a 13-11 overtime win over Cicero-North Syracuse, with snow forcing last Tuesday's game with Liverpool to be postponed.
In that same time period, WG had won over Liverpool and Fayetteville-Manlius, hard-fought games that took a bit of a toll. Still, the Wildcats had the advantage of going to Henninger's Field Turf facility (similar to its home field in Camillus) instead of the grass at B'ville.
Bre Hudgins and Kellyn Savage scored in the game's first five minutes, putting B'ville in a quick 2-0 hole, but the Bees never got discouraged.
Instead, the Bees' defense tightened and, for the next 29-plus minutes, kept WG off the board. Back-line players like Meagan Rowe, Megan Collins and Caitlin Yaro stayed right with the attackers, proving most effective against Maria DiFato, the Wildcats' leading scorer, who did not have a goal all night.
And when WG did get shots, Casey Chiesa kept flicking them away, the senior goalie giving her teammates a surge of energy that would pay off on the other end of the field.
Kara Moschetti scored midway through the first half to get B'ville on the board, and Jen Fabian's pair of goals in a span of 2:08 pushed the Bees ahead, 3-2, a margin that would hold until halftime.