Four and a half weeks after their first encounter, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team met West Genesee again, this time at home - and inched closer to conquering the state's top-ranked team.
The Bees' 12-8 loss to the Wildcats ended a stretch of five games in nine days where B'ville won the first four, but may have proven the most at the end, where it stared WG down for much of a hard-fought contest.
A month earlier in Camillus, WG led by as much as 10 over B'ville before a late surge by the Bees helped close the final margin to 17-11. Now they had the rematch at Ray Middle School, where it was immediately apparent that things would get tougher for the Wildcats.
Claire Monnat and Katie Sullivan scored in an 11-second span in the opening stages, putting B'ville in front 2-0. But those would be the Bees' last goals for a span of more than 18 minutes as WG went on a 6-0 run, Erica Geremia scoring three times in that span.
B'ville would not get blown out here, though, battling back in the late stages of the half. When Maggie Monnat beat Libby Byrne on a free-position shot at the horn, the Bees had closed within 7-5 at they went to halftime.
Now with some momentum, B'ville held the ball for the first seven-plus minutes of the second half, but got just one goal (from Erika Wilcox) in that sequence, missing several chances to tie the game.
After an exchange of goals made it 8-7, the Bees again could not pull even. Instead, Katey Hart, scored to build WG's margin to 9-7 and, worse yet, B'ville got whistled for a third yellow card with 11:15 left, meaning it would play the rest of the game one player down.