A trio of local high school boys lacrosse teams hit the field for the first time in the 2012 season as March wound to a close.
None carried the burden of Fayetteville-Manlius, a perennial boys Class A contender that, despite winning records every spring, still has not won a Section III title in nearly two decades and was denied again in 2011, falling to Liverpool in a lopsided sectional semifinal after getting there with a 16-1 mark.
Able to practice and play on an all-weather artificial turf field installed last summer thanks to private funds raised by community members, F-M opened its season on that new turf Saturday by piling up goals against Watertown IHC in a 23-4 romp.
Decades spent playing home games on slow grass surfaces are gone, and the Hornets wasted little time displaying its skills on the smoother, cleaner turf, grabbing a 7-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and expanding the margin to 15-2 by halftime.
Kevin Lux and Clay Arnold led with four goals apiece, with Lux adding a pair of assists. Troy Arnold, Dan Cahill, Ryan DaRin and David Hajduk each scored twice. Returning veterans Ryan Simmons (one goal, three assists) and Jimmy Krizman (one goal, two assists) took smaller roles as Derek Andrake, Joe DeSantis, Sawyer Dew, Erik Keller and Tommy Loseco also found the net.
The night before, Christian Brothers Academy had an impressive opening effort at Alibrandi Stadium, turning back Cicero-North Syracuse 11-6.
Looking to improve on an 11-7 mark from 2011 (it lost to Cortland in the Class C quarterfinals), the Brothers, who have a large returning cast, were facing a C-NS side off to a 2-0 start.
That didn’t rattle CBA one bit, though. It battled to a 4-3 lead in the early going and then turned to its defense, who proceeded to blank the Northstars throughout the entire second and third periods. Goalie Dom Facciponte, who had 14 saves, aided in that effort.