Before it could set off on another championship quest in 2011, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team first had to take care of an important milestone.
When the Hornets beat Watertown IHC 16-2 Saturday at Corcoran High School's turf, it marked the 300th career victory of head coach Chris Kenneally.
In all, Kenneally has spent 27 years in the F-M program - 16 as an assistant to Tom Hall, then 11 as head coach. This followed a 10-year stint as a coach at Bishop Ludden.
So no one knows better than Kenneally the Hornets' long frustration in seeking a Section III Class A championship. Despite having a series of top-notch teams and college-bound talent, F-M has not claimed a sectional title since 1993.
Even as a top seed in the 2010 sectional playoffs, the Hornets could not reach the title game, falling to Corcoran 13-10, in the semifinals, so the returning F-M players are bent on getting all the way to the top.
Keneally's 299th win came in last Wednesday's opener against Cortland, played at Nottingham High School's turf, where the Hornets took over in the second quarter and beat the Purple Tigers 16-8.
Through one period, the game was a 3-3 tie. Then, led by Kevin Lux, Ari Waffle and Jim Krizman, the Hornets outscored Cortland 6-2 the rest of the half and pulled further away in the last two periods.
Overall, Lux, a sophomore making an immediate impact in his varsity debut, had six goals. Krizman often fed him the passes, earning five assists to go with his pair of tallies as Waffle, who is on his way to Jacksonville University in the fall, had three goals and one assist.
Ryan Simmons also managed a three-goal hat trick, while Joe DeSantis and Chris Anklin each had one goal and one assist. Basile played most of the game in the net, finishing with 10 saves before Matt Wells saw some late duty.