Apr 23, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
As it raced to a 7-0 start and claimed the no. 10 spot in the state Class A rankings, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team patiently awaited its first major test, the place where it would find out whether its heart and courage matched its considerable skill level.
Based on Friday afternoon’s 18-9 thumping of state no. 18-ranked Baldwinsville, the Hornets are still waiting for that examination.
Sharp and ready from the first whistle onward, F-M attacked with precision, defended with passion and did most things well in between, and even B’ville, who had started 6-1 against a tougher opening schedule, could not handle it.
Mike O’Neil set the tone. The Cornell-bound senior put the Hornets on the board 41 seconds into the game, then converted again at the 3:10 mark before assisting on Matt Klepper’s goal late in the period.
For the game, O’Neil would earn three goals and three
assists, pacing a deep, well-balanced attack where several guys contributed. Klepper and Tim Beach stepped up for three goals, while Ari Waffle and Brendan Englert picked up two goals and two assists. Todd Webster had two goals and one assist as Mike Kutzer and Ryan Simmons each had one goal and two assists.
At one point late in the first half, F-M led 9-2, and it had as much to do with the way it defended as with the way it tormented B’ville freshman goalie Parker Ferrigan.
Between them, Bennett Sluis and Kevin Fletcher did a superb job containing the Bees’ most dangerous player, Billy Ward, holding him to two goals, both in the second half. And any time a B’ville player did get a clean shot, goalie Stefan Basile was able to turn it away.
The margin never got closer than five goals (at 9-4) the entire second half. Goals by Beach and Englert in a 45-second span late in the period, plus a third tally from O’Neil, all but put things away.
In the tune-ups for B’ville, the Hornets had to work hard in last Monday’s game against its neighbors from East Syracuse-Minoa, but still won 11-4 as the Spartans fell to 2-4 on the season.
It took a while for F-M to get itself into gear, and ESM exploited this, seizing a 3-2 lead through one period, Mike Cumming leading the way as he would finish with two goals and one assist.
Once the Hornets’ defense settled in, though, it nearly blanked the Spartans the rest of the way. F-M used four unanswered goals in the second period to move ahead for good, and Klepper and Waffle accounted for most of it. Klepper set a career mark with five goals, while Waffle scored four times.
A day later, F-M romped past Utica Proctor 22-1, getting 10 goals in the first quarter alone. Everyone got to play, as Ryan Simmons and Chris Walsh both had four goals and one assist. Waffle scored three times, adding an assist, while Matt Gilmore had two goals and two assists.
Roy Simmons had two goals and one assist as Glen Trachtenberg also found the net twice. Klepper had a goal and three assists, with O’Neil and Taylor Gerhardt each earning a goal and two assists. Chris Anklin and Jeff Shields matched each other with one goal and one assist.
F-M would play Liverpool Tuesday at Solvay High School’s turf before a special Saturday home game against Henninger at 5 p.m.
This is part of the “Something for Shafer” day-long school festival in honor of late English teacher John Shafer, who passed away in February. Lacrosse, baseball and softball games will blend in with games and booths, and a dance with F-M and Chittenango students is set for 7:30 to 10:30 in the High School Courtyard. All proceeds are benefiting the Shafer Family Education Fund.