Neither of Cicero-North Syracuse's lacrosse teams began their respective 2011 seasons with a win - but they both turned things around before the first week was done.
Three nights after getting crushed by Macellus 18-3 in its season opener, the Northstars came back home to Bragman Stadium Friday and knocked off reigning Section III Class C champion Carthage by a score of 14-12.
The Comets were playing for the first time without two cornerstones of their back-to-back championship teams - Katie Ferris and Katherine DeRonda - and CNS took full advantage of that early adjustment.
Tearing through Carthage's defense throughout the first half, the Northstars kept rolling until it had built a 10-3 edge at the break. Then it spent the second half hanging on as the Comets charged back, led by Kailah Kempney's five goals and one assist.
On the Northstars' side, Rachel Bowles set the pace with her own five-goal effort, many of them off passes from Stefany Gale, who got four assists. Caitlyn Hamilton produced a three-goal hat trick, while Tiffany Ryan scored twice and added an assist. Jamie Ryan, Sarah Bowles and Kristi Thompson also had goals as Stefanie Reynolds finished with 10 saves.
All this was a stark contrast to what happened in the opener at Marcellus. It was 8-0 before the Northstars got on the board late in the first half, Hamilton getting the goal.
Sarah Bowles, who had just helped the CNS girls basketball team win the state Class AA title, made the quick transition to lacrosse and also converted, with Rachel Bowles getting the other goal.
Marcellus had too much firepower, though, as Florida-bound senior Nora Barry notched six goals, putting her past the 200-goal mark for her career. Catherine Nolan (three goals, three assists) and Molly McGuane (three goals, one assist) offered the main support