Even with the Section III Class AA playoffs looming, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team still has a big goal to pursue -- namely, the CNY Counties League National division regular-season title.
A chance for that crown will come Thursday night, when the Bees play at Cicero-North Syracuse. And it arrives there with a good feeling about itself, especially in the wake of going to Holland Stadium Tuesday night and delivering a 12-10 victory over Auburn.
What made that win more impressive was the startling fact that, in a single game, B'ville logged more goals than West Genesee (six) and Fayetteville-Manlius (five) combined in their earlier trips to Auburn.
This breakthrough didn't happen right away -- but in a 5-5 first half, the Bees found that it could snake its way through the Maroons' physical group of defenders.
The two sides stayed even until the fourth quarter, when the Bees' decided edge in ground balls (40-27) finally paid off as it outscored the Maroons 5-3 in the homestretch. Also, freshman goalie Parker Ferrigan impressed with 11 saves.
Kyle Styer had five goals, adding an assist. Evan States, Billy Ward and Casey Colligan each put up three assists, with States scoring twice to match Dom Darcangelo. Niko Manning and Wes Lawrence joined Colligan in the one-goal column as Andrew Chadderdon led Auburn with five goals and two assists.
Back home, the B'ville girls lacrosse team unleashed lots of offense and beat Auburn 21-10.
Utilizing all of its depth on hand, B'ville had double-digit goals in both halves, leading 10-4 at the break and continuing to expand that margin despite Auburn's Nicole Schattinger hitting them with five goals.
Ashley Gentile and Sarah Clark led the hosts with four goals apiece. Sam Yaro and Erin Ward had equal three-goal hat tricks, while Claire Monnat gained two goals and one assist.
Maggie Monnat again used her deft passing to produce five assists as she, along with Becky Guzzo, Mackenzie Kjerstad, Taylor Pastore and Alexis Czyz, earned single goals. Bridget Florack contributed an assist.