Apr 10, 2011 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
In just two effective weeks of work, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team may have permanently separated itself from all of the Section III Class A chasers.
Three of those chasers – Corcoran, Liverpool and Baldwinsville – fell in a nine-day span, and not even a weather postponement could stop the Wildcats’ relentless push.
Right in the middle of all this, Liverpool came to Wildcat Stadium Thursday night and made the mistake of starting quite well – which only agitated WG more as it flattened the Warriors through the rest of a 17-6 romp.
By winning early face-offs, Liverpool settled into a patient attack that, in the first eight minutes, led to goals by Kyle DeAngelis, Joe Corapi and Austin Hope that pushed the Wildcats into a 3-2 deficit, which held the rest of the first quarter.
Then Cody Hoose decided matters when, in a span of just two minutes, 32 seconds early in the second period, he scored four times, the sort of sudden spurt that characterized many of WG’s past state championship teams.
Liverpool never recovered, trailing 7-3 by halftime and giving up five straight goals in the third quarter as its zone defense approach backfired.
In particular, Corey Herrington and Dylan Donahue owned the second half. Herrington amassed six assists to go with two goals, many of his passes going to Donahue, who landed all five of his goals in those last two periods. Tim Barber chimed in with two goals and three assists, while defensive star Pat Brown also found the net twice. Bob Gasparini and Dan Ginestro added assists.
On Saturday, WG visited Baldwinsville for its only regular-season meeting with the Bees after last Tuesday’s original meeting got snowed out. Yet that delay did not bother the Wildcats in any manner as it took the Bees apart in a 15-2 romp.
Similar to the Liverpool game, WG did not dazzle in the early going, the Bees slowing things up to only trail 4-1 at halftime. But the Wildcats, especially Donahue, wore B’ville’s defenses down, leading to a late-game flurry that included seven unanswered goals in the fourth quarter.
By himself, Donahue scored seven times, adding two assists, while Herrington backed up his three-goal hat trick with four assists. Gasparini found the net twice as Hoose, Schattner and Connor Khammar each finished with one goal and one assist. Defender J.D. St. Croix, such an effective complement to Brown and John Sabert on the back line, earned his first goal of the season.
WG again hits the road Tuesday to face an improved Henninger squad before returning home Friday to take on Nottingham.