On the first day of April, the Corcoran boys lacrosse team's aspirations appeared to take a serious hit when it absorbed a 17-2 loss to defending Section III Class A champion West Genesee at Wildcat Stadium in Camillus.
Since then, though, the Cougars have won four straight and, remarkably, have scored at least 20 goals in each of those efforts, including two over city opponents.
The streak began April 5 with a 20-2 romp over Nottingham. Then Corcoran rolled to a 20-8 win over Baldiwnsville and romped past Auburn 20-5, all setting up last Friday night's meeting with city rival Henninger at Sunnycrest Field.
Though the much-improved Black Knights hung close for a half, Corcoran proved too much, taking over in the third quarter and prevailing by a score of 21-13.
Right from the start, the pace was relentless, something that seemed to favor the Cougars. Still, Henninger, down 5-3 after one period, hung in there as, led by Andrew Jackson and Alex Carni, the Black Knights closed within 8-7 by the break.
Once the second half started, though, Corcoran got whatever it wanted on the offensive side, outscoring Henninger 8-2 in that period, which accounted for most of the final margin.
Ryan Cook, amassing four goals and five assists, and Connor Lyons, with four goals and four assists, led a potent Cougar attack where Dylan Smith found the net five times and Derek Eccles also had four goals. Cree Cathers managed two goals and four assists, with Dillon Brown and Anthony Ferlenda also scoring.
On Henninger's side, Jackson finished with five goals and one assist as Carni picked up four goals. Chris Wigler scored twice, adding a pair of assists as Colin Montgomery and Mike LaMontagne also scored. Darryl Mercer added an assist.
As this went on, the Henninger/Nottingham girls lacrosse team won its city showdown over Corcoran, 11-6, building most of that margin through an 8-4 first half.
Erika Belge, with three goals, led a well-balanced attack. Nicole Fiorini had two goals and two assists, while Nora Cunningham and Claire Wigler also scored twice. Jamie Peterson and Chantelle Sherman had the other goals. Six different players - Morgan Doyle, Erin Kenney, Karen Boronczyk, Alyssa Consentino, Kaylah Wicks and Hailey Boronczyk - had the six Corcoran goals.
Back on the boys end, Corcoran would be favored in games this week against Cicero-North Syracuse and Central Square before the April 27 rematch with West Genesee, this time on home turf.