continued For most of the fourth quarter, the Wildcats clung to that one-goal margin, but with 3:35 to play F-M's Ryan Simmons made a strong move from the left side and beat Sidnam for the tying goal.
Again, though, the Wildcats kept cool. Glesener won the ensuing face-off, and WG worked it around until Tinklepaugh flung a shot past Wells with 2:42 left, less than a minute after Simmons had tied it.
Even with a 6-5 lead, WG did not sit on the margin. Instead, after Glesener claimed another face-off, it burned off some clock, but Barber took possession and made all the F-M defenders chase him. And when Wells came out of the net to force a turnover, Barber shifted past him and threw the ball into the unoccupied net.
This, of course, is just the first of two regular-season meetings. West Genesee will play F-M again on the Hornets' new high school artificial turf field on May 1.
By that point, Messere is likely to have the national record for wins by a high school lacrosse coach. He has 743, four short of Joe Cuozzo's mark set at Ward Melville, and the Wildcats could get three more wins this week against Central Square, Baldwinsville and Loyola Academy, the last of them a visiting team from Chicago whom WG will face next Saturday.