Some kind of switch, real or proverbial, got flipped on when the West Genesee boys lacrosse team lost in overtime to Corcoran on April 6 and fell to 2-2 on the season.
Ever since, the Wildcats have looked, and played, more like its normal self -- that is, better than just about anyone else in Central New York, or any other place, for that matter.
What started with a 10-goal first-quarter blitz and 20-10 romp of Baldwinsville on April 9 continued last Tuesday night with a game-long clinic conducted against Liverpool as the Wildcats pasted the Warriors 16-4.
Playing at the Solvay High School "Pit" that Liverpool is using as a home field this spring, WG only got half the first-period goals that it earned against B'ville -- but gave up nothing as it bolted out to a 5-0 lead.
The pace slowed a bit in the second quarter, but after halftime the Wildcats settled matters with a 6-2 tear through the third period, all generated by a well-balanced attack.
Dylan Donahue, with a career-best five assists plus two goals, served as the anchor as John Glesener and Corey Herrington each finished with three goals and two assists.
Bob Gasparini and Chris Murphy each scored twice as Tim Barber earned a goal and two assists. Tim McMahon and Casey Schattner also scored, with Matt Schattner adding an assist and helping Glesener dominate once again in the face-off circle.
Back home Friday night to face Henninger, the Wildcats offered up more domination in an 18-3 romp over the Black Knights.
Henninger tried, vainly, to slow things down, only trailing 2-0 after one period. Gradually, WG started to earn more possession time - and it led to goals, as the margin grew to 7-2 by halftime and went to double digits after a 7-1 third-quarter blitz.
Glesener, in particular, had fun, outscoring the Black Knights by himself with five goals and three assists. Herrington found the net three times, with Gasparini, Matt Schattner and Brandon Dzwonkowski earning two goals apiece. Donahue had one goal and one assist as McMahon, Murphy and Pat Brown also converted. Sean Biggle earned an assist.
WG would be heavily favored in games this week against Nottingham and Central Square, with the next big test coming April 27 at Auburn.