Granted, the Marcellus girls lacrosse team's 12-11 win at Christian Brothers Academy on April 14 was an important one, increasing the confidence of a squad with championship ambitions.
But the Mustangs had no idea just how big the win was until the second state Class C rankings of the season were released early last week. Somehow, Marcellus had risen to the top spot, just where CBA had been a week ago.
Yet the moment the Mustangs reached this milestone, it took a step backward, though Tuesday's 11-4 defeat to Liverpool could hardly be called a surprise.
Next to West Genesee, Liverpool might be Section III Class A's top team, a fact it reinforced on its new home turf against Marcellus by clamping down on the defensive side. No one, other than Nora Barry, was able to generate any kind of offense.
Barry had three goals and one assist, with Emily Hennigan managing the other goal. And much of that came in the second half, after Liverpool held the Mustangs to one goal in the first 25 minutes. Nina Tassone led the Warriors with two goals and four assists, running a smooth attack that held the ball for long periods of time.
Now the Mustangs, at 6-2 on the season, would rest, preparing for an unusual stretch on April 27-29 where it would play three games in as many days - a trip to Westhill, then a visit to Jordan-Elbridge, and finally a home game against Bishop Ludden, all in 48 hours' time.