On the one hand, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team enters 2010 with a roster featuring more juniors than seniors, creating the assumption that its youth might hinder a quest to regain the Section III Class C title after LaFayette took it from them one season ago.
Yet on the other hand, those juniors -- and seniors -- are really good, and have all the qualities necessary to make a championship run.
Impressing the home crowd on a cold, wet Tuesday night, the Lakers relied on a high-powered attack to take down its neighbors from Auburn in a 19-10 romp.
In any opening game, the main concern is how sharp or sloppy a team might be. The Lakers clearly fit into the first category as it unleashed one of its best offensive efforts in recent memory.
Skaneateles bolted out to a 7-1 lead by the early portion of the second quarter, clicking in every phase of the game. In one particular sequence, Zach Brownlee forced a turnover, picked up the ground ball, then passed to Paul O'Donnell at full speed. In one motion, O'Donnell passed it to Kelly Donigan near the net --and Donigan scored easily.
Auburn did try to fight back, cutting the margin to 8-5 in the third quarter. All that seemed to do, though, was inspire the Lakers to a higher gear.
O'Donnell used a behind-the-back goal to inspire an 11-1 outburst that covered most of the second half. Auburn didn't reach double digits on the board until the late stages, when the starters had long since gone to the bench.
Overall, Donigan, with five goals and two assists, and Kevin Rice, with four goals and two assists, led the furious charge.
O'Donnell scored twice, adding a pair of assists, while Mike Richards also had two goals. Dylan Ross and Tom Schoener each picked up one goal and one assist as Brownlee, Zach Ross and Jeff Higman also converted. Auburn saw Andrew Chadderdon get four goals and one assist and Connor Entenmann pick up three goals and one assist.