May 09, 2011 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Liverpool’s girls lacrosse team takes on Cicero-North Syracuse for the second time this season Tuesday night, having already beaten the Northstars 10-6 on April 16. And both sides go into the game coming off victories.
Even with a narrow April 28 defeat to Baldwinsville, the Warriors still began May with the no. 7 state Class A ranking, which it backed up last Tuesday with a 16-7 victory over Auburn.
Despite wet and muddy conditions at Auburn, Liverpool battled its way to a 9-3 halftime lead and never allowed the Maroons to get too close.
Nina Tassone led with three goals and three assists, with Brianna Mancini and Anna Daucher also earning three-goal hat tricks. Morgan Kline and Andrea Flood each scored twice, while Mary Fadden had a goal and two assists. Lauren Mancini and Kristina Lombard had the other goals.
The Warriors struck again on Thursday, beating Henninger/Nottingham 16-4. Nearly getting a first-half shutout, Liverpool led 9-1 by the break, and maintained a solid pace.
Daucher scored four times, with Mallorie O’Brien adding three goals and one assist. Lombard managed two goals, with Tassone getting a goal and two assists. Fadden, Kline and Janae Garofalo each had one goal and one assist as Mancini and Bri Centro also converted.
On Saturday night, Liverpool met undefeated East Syracuse-Minoa, and promptly gave the Spartans its first defeat of the season in an impressive 15-4 victory.
Winning most of the draws, Liverpool attacked throughout the first half and converted enough to build an 8-2 lead. The Warriors maintained that domination with a fierce defense as Ally Meile, Courtney Szczesniak, Kayla Szczesniak and Megan Sardella protected the net and Tess Tracy finished with 16 saves.
Meanwhile, the attack was deep and well-balanced. Lombard had three goals as five others – Tassone, Daucher, O’Brien, Brianna Mancini and Andrea Flood – put in two goals apiece. Kline and Lauren Mancini had the other goals as Tassone added three assists and O’Brien got two assists.
To start its week, the Northstars made up the rained-out April 23 game at Baldwinsville, playing close for a half before falling to the Bees 18-8.
Through the early stages, CNS stayed right with B’ville, and only trailed 6-5. B’ville wore down the Northstars late, though, especially on the defensive side.
Stefany Gale still had five goals to match B’ville’s Claire Monnat for top honors among individuals. Rachel Bowles scored twice, adding three assists as Jamie Ryan got the other goal.
The Northstars recovered at home Friday night, beating Rome Free Academy 14-9. During a stingy first half, CNS held the Black Knights to one goal while seizing the lead, and would maintain that margin the rest of the way.
Gale and Bowles both had three-goal hat tricks, answering every RFA push in the late stages. Caitlyn Hamilton and Tiffany Ryan got two goals apiece, while Kristi Thompson, Shelby Monteyunas, Jamie Ryan and Emily Barron landed their own goals. Andrea Goettel added an assist.
This improved CNS’s mark to 7-5, 6-2 in the CNY Counties League. It also hosts Fayetteville-Manlius on Friday, just as Liverpool visits Central Square.