Though two more months of action remain, it will be hard for the Westhill and Marcellus girls lacrosse teams to top their showdown Wednesday night at Solvay’s Earl Hadley Stadium.
When it was done, the Warriors had outlasted the Mustangs 16-15 to earn its first victory of the season in the wake of an 0-2 start.
Marcellus came into the game 2-0, but right away saw how tough it was to contain Westhill. In an active first half, the Warriors matched the Mustangs’ production, and the team in green only had a 7-6 lead going to the break.
Even when Marcellus picked up its production in the second half, Westhill had a ready answer and inched out in front in the late stages, fending off all attempts to send it into overtime.
For the victorious Warriors, Maggie Tripodi ran the show, earning six assists to go wit her pair of goals. Brenna Rainone and Emily Mizer benefited from Tripodi’s passes, getting four goals apiece, while Nicole Easterly added three goals. Shelby Stack scored twice and Ryan Laible managed one goal and one assist.
On the Mustangs’ side, Grace Nolan piled up seven goals and Molly McGuane stepped up with five goals and two assists. Yet the rest of the team had just three goals – two from Grace Hunt, one from Lexy Bird - not as much depth as Westhill showed.
Just before meeting each other, each side had high-profile games last Monday night against Laker opponents, Marcellus fighting past Cazenovia 5-4 and Westhill falling to Skaneateles 14-10.
Already playing its third game of the season, Marcellus saw, right away, that Cazenovia (in its season opener) intended to slow things down and not let the Mustangs run at the tempo it wanted.
Somehow, Marcellus adjusted and scraped its way to a 3-2 halftime lead. Then it held on down the stretch behind Renee Poullott’s 10 saves and a patient effort on the other end.