B'ville field hockey beats Watertown, CNS

Among all the things the Baldwinsville field hockey team showed in its 7-0 start (all by shutout), one of them was not the ability to recover from adversity.

All that changed, though, in the wake of the Bees' 7-1 drubbing at the hands - and sticks - of Rome Free Academy on the first day of October. A set of ensuing CNY Counties League games would examine whether B'ville could recover from such a setback.

It helped to have last-place Watertown around last Monday afternoon, and the angry Bees proceeded to throttle the Cyclones by an astonishing 16-0 margin.

Before it was done, B'ville had taken 53 shots, and three different players had hat tricks. Lindsay Varga led with four goals, while Paige McKenna and Natalie Lynch earned three goals apiece.

Behind them, Paige Corso found the net twice, while Sierra Earle, Meghan Cuddy, Kayla Dubiel and Nicole Bourdon settled for single goals.

Much more of a test was expected Wednesday, when B'ville came back to artificial turf (just like the RFA loss) and met Cicero-North Syracuse at Bragman Stadium.

Sure enough, it was close - but the Bees made it through, beating the Northstars 2-0 as it got used to the turf, then started to take a barrage of shots at CNS goalie Meghan Wiacek.

Though Wiacek had 10 saves, B'ville did break through once in each half, as Lynch and Varga proved responsible for the two goals and Corso earned an assist. Led by Nicole Piontkowski and Emily Brissenden, B'ville's defense held CNS to just two shots.

That whole question of adversity cropped up again Saturday, after the Bees went to Vestal (Section IV) and took a 1-0 loss to the Golden Bears.

Despite dominating the flow of play, taking 14 shots to Vestal's three, B'ville could not get on the board, and a second-half goal by Emily Disenza allowed the Golden Bears to prevail.

Thus, both of the Bees' defeats have come on artificial turf fields. After B'ville hosts Auburn on Tuesday, it makes a trip Thursday night to Liverpool - another team that plays on turf, just like RFA and Vestal, so that the Bees could apply what it learned in those earlier losses and try to turn it around.

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