F-M girls lax gets past Liverpool, CNS

In a 24-hour span, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls lacrosse team reintroduced itself to a pair of well-known Class A rivals as it attempted to get some mid-season momentum.

First, the Hornets faced Liverpool Tuesday at Solvay's Earl Hadley Stadium (the Warriors' temporary home field) and rallied to win by a score of 16-14 in overtime.

F-M had a difficult time adjusting to the cold, windy conditions, especially since its last game (a loss to Canandaigua on April 25) was played in temperatures up to 50 degrees warmer.

Going to halftime, the Hornets trailed, 9-6, but it roared into the lead in the second half behind Sarah Lux, who set a new season mark with five goals.

Liverpool didn't go away, though, getting back even on Jennifer VanderMeulen's goal with 25 seconds left in regulation. During the pair of three-minute overtime periods, F-M pulled back in front and, winning key draws, would stay there.

Five different Hornets -- Mollie Caputo, Morgan Axenfeld, Jackie Keleher, Mary Hartzheim and Kelly Perry -- would earn two goals apiece, with Caputo adding two assists. Taylor Robinson had a goal and two assists, while Perry, Keleher and Hartzheim earned single assists.

Only the fine work of Liverpool goalie Mikey Meagher (23 saves) kept F-M from even more production, as Jennifer VanderMeulen led the Warriors with five goals and three assists.

With no time to rest, F-M came home Wednesday to deal with Cicero-North Syracuse, off to a 7-1 start this spring. Yet the continued action seemed to suit the Hornets well as it pulled away in the late going to beat the Northstars 13-8, no OT required.

Through a low-scoring first half, F-M slowly worked its attack and rotated players in and out. And though it only led 5-3 at the break, the Hornets proved deeper and more durable as, in the second half, the Northstars' defense began to tire.

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