A rout, a romp, a one-sided victory, a statement - whatever it can be called, there was no denying what the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team pulled off Saturday afternoon at Onondaga Community College's new turf field.
Ignoring what the rankings might say, and completely ignoring recent history, the Lakers pummeled its prime rival for Class C supremacy, LaFayette, by an astonishing 15-3 margin.
Prior to their only regular-season encounter, Skaneateles sat at no. 7 in the state Class C rankings - but LaFayette was at no. 2. At the very least, the Lakers, who had ripped through its first six opponent this spring, expected to fight a close battle with the Lancers, who were also undefeated.
That notion started to melt away in the first quarter, for even though LaFayette was winning the face-offs, it could not convert them - and Skaneateles, when it got the ball, was ripping through the Lancers' defense without much resistance.
Kelly Donigan got things moving. Of the Lakers' first four goals, Donigan scored twice and assisted on the other two, by front-line mates Kevin Rice and Paul O'Donnell.
Ahead 5-1 after one period, Skaneateles unleashed its defense in the second quarter. LaFayette would get long possessions, but the Lakers' back line of Kyle McQuiggan, Rory Callahan and Trevor Diamond kept them from the net, often double-teaming the Lancers' high-scoring brother tandem of Miles and Lyle Thompson. Goalie Cal Winkelman made his fair share of big saves, too.
By halftime, it was 7-2, Rice had a three-goal hat trick and LaFayette was awash in frustration. And the Lakers were far from done.
After the Lancers cut the lead to 7-3 early in the third quarer, Rice scored 18 seconds later, and the Lancers would not find the net again, a drought of more than 23 minutes.