A 2-1 start, anchored by strong defensive play, helped the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team move into the no. 18 spot in the state Class C rankings, but things would get more difficult from there.
When the combined Bishop Ludden/Bishop Grimes side visited the Sean Googin Sports Complex last Tuesday afternoon, it turned into a wild, high-scoring affair, and the Lakers nearly squandered a big lead before hanging on to win a 15-14 decision.
Throughout the first half, the pace was torrid, and Cazenovia adjusted well, doubling the output of Ludden/Grimes and taking a 10-5 lead to the break.
Led by Erranan Shattuck, who had four goals and two assists, Ludden/Grimes stormed back in the latter stages and nearly caught up, requiring the Lakers to work until a goal in the final seconds of regulation saved matters.
Colleen Dougherty, with five goals, led Cazenovia’s ramped-up attack. Becca Wheeler trailed with three goals and one assist, while Kayla Dorrance had a goal and four assists. Jessy Silfer scored twice as Abbie McEntee and Emmajean Speer each got one goal and one assist. Caroline Franz and Jessie Matt contributed goals, too.
Cazenovia met state Class B no. 8-ranked Irondequoit (Section V) Thursday afternoon, and put up a spirited effort, even though it lost to the Eagles 16-13.
Flying out of the gate, the Lakers led 6-2 late in the first half. But Irondequoit made a crucial surge late in the half to move in front, 7-6, and Cazenovia never recovered, unable to catch up despite lots of production.
Speer and Dougherty, with three goals apiece, led a well-balanced attack where Dorrance added two goals and two assists. Franz also scored twice, while Wheeler, Silfer and Kristie Kleine each had one goal. For Ironedquoit, Lisa Rogers (six goals, two assists) and Lauren Gerrie (five goals, two assists) led the way.