B'ville boys lax survives tough gauntlet

Maybe it was better for the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team not to get caught up in the struggles it was facing through a brutal late-April gauntlet of games, all crowded up against each other.

When the Bees fell 10-6 at Liverpool last Monday afternoon, it marked the team's third defeat in five days, coming after losses to Fayetteville-Manlius and West Genesee.

Though the Liverpool game made up a snowed-out April 7 meeting, it wasn't much warmer 13 days later as rain, wind and cold temperatures greeted both sides.

Given the slow track, both teams slogged through the first half, the Bees seeing an early lead slip away as it went to the break with a 4-4 tie.

Gradually, Liverpool's defense took charge, limiting the Bees' attack. Only Evan States (three goals) and Billy Ward (two goals) broke through in any consistent way, as Tim Hayden got the other goal. Niko Manning and Dave Middlemore earned assists.

Liverpool got clear behind Derek Thomas putting up three goals and three assists and Mitch Long adding three goals and one assist. Pat Briggs, in goal, made eight saves.

The skid ended a day later, at Nottingham, where the Bees beat up the Bulldogs 21-3. By halftime, it was already 12-2, and B'ville did not let up in any way as its reserves also took turns adding to the margin in the late going.

States finished with four goals and one assist as Ward got a three-goal hat trick. Colin Kaval and Kevin Whitcomb each had two goals and two assists, while Cookie Caloia and Nick Gaworecki each had two goals and one assist. Manning, A.J. Wood, Tom Lefancheck and Tim Hayden also scored, with Tom Lawrence, Kyle Styer and Alex Gailor each getting one assist.

B'ville found a tougher ride on Thursday night, against Oswego, but did enough to earn a 12-9 victory over the Buccaneers.

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