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Girls lax Warriors topple unbeaten ESM

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.

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