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Liverpool girls lax returns home, smashes Westhill

A full 34 months had passed since the Liverpool girls lacrosse team had enjoyed a true home-field advantage.

During the long saga surrounding the replacement of the high school stadium's artificial turf field, the Warriors played their entire slate of 2009 and 2010 home games a few miles to the south, at Solvay's Earl Hadley Stadium.

Now that the new turf was finally in place, though, it was time for Liverpool to return home - which it did on a sun-drenched Saturday afternoon in high style, ripping past Westhill 16-5.

The Warriors, who lost to eventual champion West Genesee in last year's Section III Class A semifinals, begin its second season under head coach Elizabeth Acee with a strong returning cast, many of whom would play starring roles against Westhill.

Never trailing, Liverpool went ahead for good on back-to-back goals from junior Morgan Kline early in the first half that made it 3-1. And it was 6-2 when, in the last three minutes of the half, the hosts scored four times, two of them from Andrea Flood.

Stretching out the margin in the second half, Liverpool saw Tassone, Kline and Flood each score four times, with Tassone adding four assists. Brianna Mancini managed two goals, while Mary Fadden and Kristina Lombard each had a goal and two assists. Mallorie O'Brien and Kylie Long each had one assist.

Liverpool gets another look at West Genesee when it hosts the Wildcats Thursday night - this coming two nights after the Warriors visit Oswego.

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