As they met head-to-head for the only time this season Tuesday night at Bragman Stadium, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse teams sported a strong cumulative record - though a slip by the Northstars late last week tarnished that mark a bit.
The Warriors, who have risen to no. 11 in the state Class A rankings and entered the CNS game with a 12-1 record, began another successful week by going to Holland Stadium last Tuesday night and pummeling Auburn 17-2.
Even in wet conditions on a soggy field, Liverpool toyed with the Maroons and were up 14-2 by halftime. Chris Spencer, Devin Clegg and Joe Corapi each managed three-goal hat tricks, with Spencer adding four assists and Clegg getting three assists.
Matt Savlov, Austin Hope and Jamie Kuppel each scored twice, with Colby Velazquez and Kyle DeAngelis each getting one goal and one assist. Nick Kline had an assist, too.
Two nights later, the Warriors got a genuine scare against Henninger, but responded with a near-perfect second half in an 11-4 victory over the Black Knights.
Henninger slowed the game down early, and this proved especially effective in the second quarter, when Liverpool could not score. The Black Knights seized a 4-2 lead.
Furious about this, the Warriors started to win every face-off in the third period and did not let up the rest of the night, blanking Henninger and putting up nine unanswered goals.
Corapi led the way with three goals and two assists. Spencer, Hope and DeAngelis each gained two goals and one assist, with Savlov and Clegg earning the other goals.
Liverpool stayed home Saturday and beat East Syracuse-Minoa 12-5, blanking the Spartans in the first half on its way to a 6-0 lead, and the margin would hold up.
Savlov had a part in half the scoring plays, finishing with four goals and two assists. Corapi, DeAngelis and Hope each scored twice, with Clegg putting up a goal and three assists. Jeff Conley also converted as Kline contributed a pair of assists. Between them, goalies Dominick Madonna and Mike Alessi stopped 11 of the 16 shots they faced.