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Lacrosse Mustangs, Warriors drop close games

In what's turned into a recurring theme this spring, the Westhill and Marcellus boys lacrosse teams again found themselves on the wrong end of close decisions.

For the Warriors, it proved particularly frustrating, as it nearly knocked off state Class C no. 6-ranked LaFayette last Tuesday before a late comeback by the Lancers led to a 13-12 defeat.

The irony was that Westhill had made it own terrific comeback to go in front. From a 2-2 first-quarter draw, the Warriors saw LaFayettte steadily gain a 10-7 lead as it went to the fourth quarter.

But led by John Zimmerman, Westhill dominated the early part of the fourth quarter, forging an 11-11 tie, then moving out in front 12-11 with less than two minutes left. All told, Zimmerman had seven goals, more than half his team's output.

However, the Lancers had the last surge, tying it 12-12 when Leigh Hubler scored just after the Warriors had gone in front. LaFayette then won the ensuing draw and, with 38 seconds left, Lyle Thompson beat Mark McAnaney for what proved to be the game-winner.

Austin Webb and Connor Byrne both had two goals in support of Zimmerman, with Owen Nicola adding one goal and one assist. McAnaney finished with 12 saves as Thompson led LaFayette with five goals and one assist.

Marcellus met the same fate in a 12-11 double-overtime loss to Tully, and even the game followed the same pattern as the Mustangs, down 6-4 at halftime, fought back in then next two periods to pull even, 11-11, as regulation ended.

One OT session did not yield a result, but the Black Knights got the winning goal in the second OT. This negated a solid effort from Tyler Tomeny, who led with three goals as R.J. Linder and Kevin Hutchings both scored twice.

Connor Wheeler, Dalton Wenzel and Jason Decker had the other goals, while Tom McNaney and Nick Nye earned assists.. Jake Guy (four goals, two assists) and Chris Cook (two goals, four assists) led Tully's effort.

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