May 20, 2009 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
What had started as a night of festivity and excitement for the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team turned into concern and consternation by the time it was done.
The Bees’ 10-7 loss to West Genesee in Tuesday night’s clash of the nation’s top two ranked teams at Wildcat Stadium in Camillus drew one of the largest crowds (1,500) ever to see a girls lacrosse game in the state.
All the anticipation had started back on April 9, when B’ville stunned WG 9-8, the first time anyone had beaten the two-time defending state Class A champion Wildcats since 2006.
Since then, the Bees had built a 16-game win streak and risen to the top of the state and national rankings, while WG had won 11 in a row as a response.
Now they met again, exactly two weeks in advance of a possible third clash in the sectional Class A finals at SUNY-Cortland, and from the start, the Bees felt a lot of frustration.
Neither side scored for more than 10 minutes, the two defenses taking hold. In the Bees’ case, it had a majority of the shots, but it kept firing into the body of WG goalie Nicole Greco, who had eight of her 14 saves in the first half.
Lauren Michaels’ goal at the 10:23 mark got the Wildcats on the board. Moments later, while charging to the net, B’ville senior Erika Bulken fell to the turf, having suffered a knee injury, the first serious injury any Bees player had suffered this season.
Shaken by all this, B’ville would not get on the board in the half, as Lauren Corso’s pair of goals extended WG’s lead to 3-0 by halftime.
After some harsh words at the break, the Bees stormed out and nearly caught the Wildcats.
Mackenzie Kjerstad’s goal 2:01 into the second half finally got B’ville on the board. Then, in a span of 45 seconds, Jen Fabian scored one goal and assisted on Kara Moschetti’s tally, making it 4-3 and causing the large B’ville fan contigent to roar at full volume.
Slowly, the Wildcats steadied themselves, thanks to goals from Maria DiFato and Katey Hart. And while Fabian cut it to 6-4, the Bees never got closer again as the Wildcats regained control.
Fabian finished with three goals and two assists. Moschetti and Spagnoletti had just one goal apiece, both of them forced to do more on the offensive side in Bulken’s absence. For WG, Corso had three goals, with Hart, DiFato and Michaels each getting two goals.
B’ville would come home Thursday night and, full of fury over what had happened in Camillus, crushed Corcoran 25-8 at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
By halftime, it was already 16-5, the Bees overwhelming the Cougars’ defense at every possible turn.
Moschetti had four goals, with Spagnoletti and Samantha Yaro each scored three times. Fabian had two goals and three assists, with Becky Guzzo, Katie VanDeValk, Maddison Frink and Meagan Rowe each scoring twice. Kjerstad, Katie Sullivan, Meghan Haney, Nicole Bourden and Erin Ward all had single goals, with Meghan Cuddy adding two assists.
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