Liverpool In every kind of manner, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team is testing itself.
From a demanding set of pre-season scrimmages against the likes of CBA, Skaneateles and Guilderland, the Bees moved on to meet its two main rivals for local Class A supremacy, all before a trip to Southern California during the April school break.
The season opener, on March 31, was an 11-6 defeat to the same West Genesee side it lost to in last year's Section III Class A final. However, the fact that the Bees kept it competitive all game long against the heavily favored Wildcats was something it could build on.
Next up was Wednesday night's game at Liverpool, a rematch of the memorable 2011 Class A semifinal that took two days, two overtimes and two venues before B'ville pulled it out.
Here, nothing extra was required. The Bees tore out of the gate, built a big early lead, and withstood all of the Warriors' charges before restoring its original margin and winning a 17-12 decision.
Utilizing its speed and skill, B'ville had a 2-0 lead within two minutes thanks to goals by Claire and Maggie Monnat. And it didn't stop there, as the Monnat sisters both scored again, with Amari Pollard and Erika Wilcox also converting, to make it 6-0 at the 7:30 mark.
This allowed the Bees to withstand Liverpool's inevitable response, a 5-0 spurt that covered the next eight minutes and included two goals from both Andrea Flood and Mary Fadden.
Clinging to a 7-6 edge as the half wound down, B'ville made a quick and important surge. Ashley Gentile scored with 39.3 seconds left, and Lexie Pastore found the net just 9.4 seconds before the break to make it 9-6.
Again, Liverpool pulled within one, 9-8, on goals by Fadden and Lauren Mancini less than two minutes into the second half. Again, the Monnat sisters put in goals to restore the three-goal margin.