If this is what passes for a challenge to the West Genesee boys lacrosse team's long-held autonomy in the Section III Class A ranks, then it might prove a long spring for all the others who yearn after the Wildcats' throne.
Corcoran, who fell to WG in last year's sectional final and has aspirations for the top spot in 2011, came to Camillus Friday night and got slapped around, the Wildcats excelling in all phases of the game during a 17-2 romp over the Cougars.
What mostly changed, in the two days since WG opened the season with a hard-fought 8-5 win over Carthage, was the way its offense performed. Everything, from face-offs to passes to ball movement to scoring when the opportunities arose, was better in this second game of the season.
It took just 22 seconds for the Wildcats to get on the board against Corcoran. Right after Matt Schattner won the opening face-off, Tim Barber got open, charged in and beat Corcoran's sophomore goalie, Noah Galvan, who would struggle the entire evening.
Barely a minute later, defenseman Pat Brown took the ball in his own end and made an 80-yard run to the other net, throwing it home to make it 2-0.
Other than when the Cougars cut it to 2-1 on Dillon Brown's tally, the visitors never were close. In particular, Corcoran senior Derek Eccles struggled, never finding open space as Brown tailed him all game long and held him without a point.
Meanwhile, Barber earned a pair of assists as Cody Hoose, Connor Khammar and Corey Herrington converted to make it 5-1 early in the second quarter. By halftime, Hoose had a three-goal hat trick and WG enjoyed a 7-2 lead, but the rout was just beginning.
Dylan Donahue, shut out in the first two periods, poured in three goals during a second half where WG found the net nine times without an answer. During the run, Hoose scored twice in an eight-second span and Herrington nearly matched him with two goals in 10 seconds. Schattner, Bobby Gasparini and R.J. Tinklepaugh also took turns putting in goals.
All told, Hoose had four goals and four assists. Herrington also found the net four times, adding two assists as Donahue earned an assist to go with his three goals.
WG now takes its 2-0 mark to its first road game of the season Tuesday, at Baldwinsville, before returning home Thursday night to deal with Liverpool - both of them teams with similar championship ambitions like Corcoran, but in search of a far more competitive result.