Finally, at the tail end of a five-day stretch where it played four times, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team broke into the win column - and then started a win streak to counter all the rough things that happened before.
The 0-3 Bees' breakthrough came in last Tuesday's game against Rome Free Academy at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, where a second-half getaway produced a 12-5 victory over the Black Knights.
Despite the obvious fatigue from the earlier games, B'ville still raced to a 5-1 first-quarter lead. Then it nursed that advantage until, at the start of the second half, it put RFA away by getting four unanswered goals to make it 10-3.
Casey Colligan led the way, scoring four times and adding an assist. Luke Evans had a three-goal hat trick, with Kyle Koelsch earning three assists. Pat Colligan, Joe Morra, Nick Ciampi, Austin McAskill and Will Rumble managed single goals. Parker Ferrigan stopped 11 of the 15 shots he faced.
Having beaten RFA, the Bees sought a second straight win Friday, at Oswego, where it got a stellar defensive effort and beat the Buccaneers 9-6.
Both sides were quiet early, but B'ville took control in the second quarter, where it outscored Oswego 4-1. The Bucs didn't fade, closing within 7-5 by the fourth quarter, but when it was needed, the Bees' back line made several key late stops.
Evans had another stellar effort, earning four goals. Casey Colligan managed a goal and three assists as Koelsch adding two assists. Ciampi, Paprocki, Rumble and Patrick Colligan got the other goals as Ferrigan recorded 12 saves.
Any sort of positive result for the Bees was welcome in the wake of last Monday's 10-5 defeat to the visiting La Costa team from California.
Again, the Bees' rebuilding offense sputtered, only to get multiple goals in the second period as it trailed most of the way and needed Parker Ferrigan's 19 saves to keep it close.
Koelsch did score twice, while Rumble, Paprocki and Casey Colligan got the other tallies. Evans and Joe Della added assists.
Now at 2-3 following the wins over RFA and Oswego, the Bees will host Liverpool Tuesday and clash with Fayetteville-Manlius next Saturday - with a trip to Utica Proctor in between.