For a vast majority of the April school break, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team practiced and rested, trying to pace itself as it knew all sorts of tough Class C opposition lay ahead.
When the Lakers did play Thursday at Tully, it didn’t prove that easy, the visitors needing to grind through every part of an 11-6 victory over the Black Knights.
They were tied, 3-3, through one quarter. From that point forward, the Lakers’ defense held a key to the outcome, not letting Tully score more than once in any of the remaining three periods.
Back-line players Trevor Diamond, Erik Pola and Mike Card cut off the Black Knights’ attacking avenues, and when that didn’t work, goalie Ryan Higman was sharp, stopping 14 of the 20 shots he faced.
For his part, Tully goalie Dan Sherlock had 19 saves, but Skaneateles still offered consistent production to make up for it.
In particular, Brendan Major and Nate Scuderi dazzled, each of them landing four goals to account for most of the Lakers’ offense. Connor O’Hara, Jack Fabrizio and Connor O’Hara scored, too, with Zach Ross adding a pair of assists.
This set up Tuesday’s match against defending state Class C champion Cazenovia, the first encounter between the two Laker sides since last year’s Section III final. Skaneateles also plays at Homer Friday night.