In the span of five rough days, the Marcellus boys lacrosse team plunged from its early high altitude thanks to a trio of defeats.
Amid it all, the Mustangs had to face Skaneateles, the state's top-ranked Class C team, and could not overcome a blinding first-half effort from the Lakers in a 16-7 defeat.
Rarely in the first half did the Mustangs have the ball, a direct consequence of Sknaeateles dominating the face-offs. This led to a 7-1 deficit by the end of the first quarter, and the margin grew to 11-1 by halftime.
Finally, Marcellus got moving in the second half as Tyler Tomeny got three goals, with Dalton Wenzel and Tom McNaney each finding the net twice. Nothing the Mustangs did could contain Skaneateles star Kevin Rice, who amassed four goals and six assists to lead his side.
Knowing that Skaneateles and Cazenovia were looming, the Mustangs may have looked ahead, past Tuesday's trip to Christian Brothers Academy - and paid for it with a 13-11 loss to the Brothers at Alibrandi Stadium.
Marcellus was behind most of the way, CBA doing a lot of damage in the third quarter when it outscored the Mustangs 5-2 to expand its margin to 12-7. Despite a furious late rally, it was too much to overcome.
Tom McNaney had three goals, with R.J. Linder adding two goals and two assists. Tyler Tomeny and Dalton Wenzel also had two-goal outings as Luke McNaney earned a goal and two assists and Connor Wheeler also converted. Chris Martin made 10 saves. Cody Radziewicz led CBA's winning effort with four goals and one assist.
The Mustangs' long, rough week concluded Saturday with a brave effort at Cazenovia that still led to a 9-6 defeat to the state Class C no. 3-ranked Lakers.
Though it always trailed, Marcellus did not let Cazenovia get away in the wet, windy conditions. Tom McNaney had four assists, feeding it to Wenzel and Mike McNaney (two goals each), with Tomeny also getting a goal and Martin recording 11 saves. John Greacen (three goals, one assists) and Connor Cannizzaro (two goals, three assists) led the Lakers' effort.