Perhaps the Liverpool girls lacrosse team could draw a pair of conclusions from Thursday night's 14-9 defeat to West Genesee at the new Warrior Stadium turf.
On the one hand, Liverpool lost again to the four-time defending Section III Class A champion Wildcats. Yet the Warriors played at a high level throughout the night, making WG work for all 50 minutes to stay in front.
The pattern was set in the first half where, despite lots more scoring chances, WG only led 6-4. As the game wore on, Liverpool goalie Tess Tracy was spectacular, constantly turning away the Wildcats and finishing with 18 saves.
Liverpool could not produce enough to back up Tracy's effort, despite four goals and one assist from Andrea Flood. Nina Tassone found the net twice, while Mary Fadden, Brianna Mancini and Anna Daucher landed the other goals. Morgan Kline added an assist. For WG, Erica Geremia (four goals) and Emily Tripodi (two goals, three assists) led the attack.
Two days before its encounter with the Wildcats, the Warriors made the cold, windy trip to Oswego and had an offensive explosion in the first half to beat the Buccaneers 16-6.
All through the first 25 minutes, Liverpool aggressively tore into Oswego's defense, not letting up until it had a 14-2 advantage and the clock was running. Once the margin was established, the starters rested in the second half, awaiting the bigger challenge ahead.
In the limited time they were on the field, Tassone amassed five goals and one assist, while Flood put up four goals and one assist. Fadden and Daucher each found the net twice, with Fadden adding a pair of assists. Kristina Lombard got one goal and two assists, with Mancini and Janae Garofalo also converting.