Now the fun really begins for the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team.
A combination of tight scheduling and weather-enforced changes means that the Bees will play five times in eight days, encountering each of the major Section III Class A contenders along the way.
It all kicked off Thursday afternoon at Ray Middle School, where B'ville traded blows with Liverpool in a clash of two teams ranked in the state top 10 - and the Bees, in the no. 10 spot, did enough to hold off the no. 5-ranked Warriors 11-10.
The Bees were refreshed from not having played in a week, since a loss to McDonogh (Maryland), and offered a blazing response to Kristina Lombard's opening-minute goal.
In six straight possessions, B'ville scored six goals - two each by Claire Monnat and Sam Yaro, one each from Maggie Monnat and Erin Ward - as it took advantage of the absence of Liverpool defender Megan Sardella, who was ill.
So it was 6-1, and the game wasn't even six minutes old. After a Liverpool time-out, though, the Warriors started to make stops and launched its own 6-0 run to leap out in front, fueled by Nina Tassone, who had four assists. From there, the two sides traded goals, Maggie Monnat finding the net 35 seconds before the break to tie it again at 8-8.
Everything was different in the second half, especially on the defensive side. B'ville's back line, led by Alexis Czyz, Amanda Ingersoll and Taylor Pastore, forced turnovers and kept Liverpool off the board for more than 20 minutes. The Bees went through its own drought before goals by Ward and Yaro pushed the Bees ahead 10-8.
A third yellow card left B'ville a player down (a new rule this year) for the last 4:07 of regulation. Mallorie O'Brien and Tassone scored, but in between Maggie Monnat ripped in what proved to be the game-winner with 2:28 left. After Tassone cut the margin to one with 1:12 to play, Meghan Cuddy won the ensuing draw, and the Bees ran out the clock.