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Big second half carries Lakers past Tully

So the month of April concluded with the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team undefeated and atop the state Class C rankings - which only makes them the prime target of every opponent, now and in the near-future.

That certainly was the case in Friday's game at Tully, where the Lakers trailed at halftime before a complete takeover in the late stages produced an 18-9 victory over the Black Knights.

Perhaps it took a while for Skaneateles to get used to playing on a grass field. Or maybe Tully was just fired up for the chance at an upset. Either way, the Lakers only led 5-4 after one period, and Tully continued to apply pressure in the second period.

Led by Chris Cook, who had four goals and one assist, and Jake Guy, who produced three goals and two assists, the Black Knights took a 9-8 lead by halftime. But Tully found that, when the game resumed, its energy was gone.

Skaneateles quickly reclaimed the lead in the third quarter. Then, with Mike Richards continuing to get open and Kevin Rice continually feeding him with crisp passes, the Lakers added seven straight goals in the final period. At the same time, the Lakers' defense clamped down, holding Tully without a goal.

All told, Richards had seven goals, plus two assists, as Rice amassed eight assists to go with his three-goal hat trick. Paul O'Donnell also scored three times, adding an assist as Brenden Major, Steve Bright, Jack Fabrizio, Connor O'Hara and Nate Scuderi earned one goal apiece.

This followed the Lakers' home date with Onondaga on April 23, where a big first half again proved useful in a 13-6 victory over the Tigers.

Steady on the attack, Skaneateles scored five times in each of the first two periods and were up 10-3 on OCS at the break. Though the Tigers would slow the game down in the late stages, it could not cut into the Lakers' comfortable margin.

Rice and O'Donnell had a part in more than half the Lakers' scoring plays, Rice finishing with four goals and three assists as O'Donnell got two goals and five assists. Fabrizio also scored twice, with O'Donnell earning a goal and three assists. O'Hara, Major and Steve Bright got single goals.

After playing Manlius-Pebble Hill and CBA next week, Skaneateles plays its two most important games of the season, going to Onondaga Community College to face LaFayette Saturday at 4 p.m. and also meeting Cazenovia May 10 at the Fenner Street complex.

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