Apr 08, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
A lot of time remained, but the West Genesee girls lacrosse team still needed to find its main stride.
The Wildcats only led Baldwinsville by a single goal early in the second half of Thursday night’s game in Camillus, the first encounter between the two rivals since last year’s Section III Class A final.
Facing some danger, WG turned to its main offense force, Lauren Corso – and she came through, with three crucial points in the late going as the Wildcats went on to beat the Bees by a score of 11-8.
Despite having to replace most of its starters from 2009, B’ville had started 2-0, gaining wins over Saratoga Springs and Liverpool.
The Bees did not fear the Wildcats in any way – but it still had timing issues and turned the ball over too often in the early going, giving WG every possible chance to build a big lead.
It didn’t work out that way. Goals by Corso, Bre Hudgins and Mel Murphy pushed the Wildcats ahead 3-0, but it took 12 minutes of play to get to that point as B’ville goalie Angeline Walker made several point-blank stops.
So when Sarah Clark and Ashley Gentile scored 35 seconds apart to make it 3-2, B’ville was back within reach. Lauren Michaels and Karlyn Tupper converted to take the margin back to 5-2, but Bridget Florack answered seconds before halftime, so it was 5-3 at the break.
B’ville then spent the first 3:45 of the second half in a constant attack, getting several shots at Sarah Elmer before Maggie Monnat converted, again shrinking WG’s lead to a single goal.
Corso provided an emphatic answer, taking the draw and, just 12 seconds after Monnat’s goal, beating Walker to make it 6-4, which began the game’s decisive run.
Double-teamed, Corso found Tupper for her second goal to make it 7-4 and, just 36 seconds later, Hudgins hit on her second goal, forcing B’ville to use a time-out.
That only stopped the momentum for a few minutes, for Corso returned to earn her third goal and, with 8:43 left, Michaels clinched it by taking a high pass from Tupper and flinging it past Walker to increase the lead to 10-5.
Every time the Bees wanted to rally late, Elmer came up with a fine stop, finishing with 12 saves, two more than Walker. Clark led B’ville with three goals, but WG defenders Brittany Didio, Liz Powell and Dana Anderson did a splendid job on the Bees’ top scorer, Mackenzie Kjerstad, to just a single assist.
WG is home again Tuesday night to face Liverpool before going to Sunnycrest Field Thursday to face Henninger/Nottingham.