As a mid-season treat, the Fayetteville-Manlius and East Syracuse-Minoa boys lacrosse teams met on the same field on a hot Saturday afternoon that hinted of summer.
And the Hornets wasted little time taking control, leading most of the way as it put together a 16-6 victory over the Spartans.
F-M notched six goals in the first quarter alone, and though the pace cooled in the second period, it shut out ESM in the third quarter to move the margin to 13-4.
Ari Waffle and Mike O'Neil each scored four times on the Hornets' behalf, while Matt Taylor and Justin DePalma each had two goals and three assists. Chris Walsh also found the net twice, as Mike Poppleton and Glen Trachtenberg also scored. Brendan Englert, Jim Dittmer and Taylor Gebhardt earned assists.
On the Spartans' side, James Chayka and Mike Cummings earned two goals apiece as Andrew Raymond and Tom Petterelli landed single goals. Quadear Mike added an assist. Matt Letcher played most of the game in the net, recording 13 saves.
Prior to that, both the Hornets and Spartans were quite busy, with two games apiece. And none were more important than F-M hanging on Thursday night for a huge 7-6 victory over the Auburn Maroons.
Both teams came into the game with equal 6-1 marks, but it was the Hornets controlling the first half. Even with Matt Taylor kept quiet, the Hornets used a balanced attack to steadily build a 6-2 margin by the time they hit the break.
Auburn made great defensive adjustments and shut out the Hornets in the fourth quarter, giving them plenty of time to catch up.
However, Alex Cameron-Carter, Jake Cooper, Max Cooper and the rest of F-M's back line put up just enough resistance to help their team hang on. Stefan Basile worked in the goal and earned 10 saves.