As they do each spring, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse teams would get a measure of each other Saturday afternoon in windy, wet conditions at Bragman Stadium.
To some degree, the weather affected the level of play, especially in the second half - by which point the Warriors had a comfortable enough margin to beat the Northstars 10-6 and improve to 5-1 on the season.
All through the first half, Liverpool used its skill to control the game, from winning draws to organizing an offense that would produce a steady stream of goals.
By the time they reached the break, CNS trailed 7-2, but it didn't give up. All through the second half, the Northstars started to win the draws and battles for ground balls, making a run that, while spirited, proved futile in the end.
Kristina Lombard emerged as the Warriors' main threat, putting in four goals and adding an assist to give her 11 goals for the week.
Lombard, Anna Daucher (two goals, two assists) and Mary Fadden (two goals, one assist), benefited from the extra defensive attention put on Nina Tassone, who managed just one goal and one assist. Morgan Kline earned the other goal.
On the CNS side, Only Caitlyn Hamilton found the net twice as Rachel Bowles, Kristi Thompson, Jill Goettel and Tiffany Ryan also scored. Angelina Florzyck added an assist. Stefanie Reynolds made nine saves, one less than Liverpool counterpart Tess Tracy.
This ended a 3-0 week for the Warriors. It commenced last Monday with a trip to Oswego and a hard-fought 10-5 win over the Buccaneers.
Liverpool's defense blanked Oswego in the first half, building up a 5-0 lead, so it could withstand the Bucs' late push. Lombard and Andrea Flood both had three-goal hat tricks, while Kline, Tassone, Fadden and Brianna Mancini earned one goal apiece.