Girls Wildcats return home, top Oswego

Tripodi picks up nine assists in 17-9 win

In some ways, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team’s trip to Oswego Tuesday night offered one of the season’s supreme challenges.

Here were the Wildcats, who had just played three games in as many days in New Jersey and Maryland on April 20-22, returning to the field less than 48 hours after returning home, with the long bus rides to go with a long road trip.

And it wasn’t against a patsy, either. The Buccaneers were the defending Section III Class B champions, a state final four participant in 2011, and it had roared out to a 7-0 start this spring. Also, Oswego was playing at home amid cold, windy and wet conditions.

Perhaps steeled by the trip, WG shook off all of these negative considerations, dominated the first half and rolled to a 17-9 victory over the Bucs.

In some ways, the first half was as impressive as any 25 minutes the Wildcats had played all spring. With every excuse lined up, WG instead attacked hard, steadily built an 11-4 lead, and allowed itself a chance to play the rest of the game at a more reasonable pace.

Emily Tripodi was the chief spark, piling up a career-best nine assists. Those passes went to, among others, Liz LaComb, who led with four goals, and Nicole Bello, who scored three times.

Shannon Hawley, Kara Datellas, Kerri Taylor and Riley Donahue each scored twice, with Mary Maestri and Vicki Graveline also scoring. Alia Hildebrandt added an assist. In defeat, Mikayla Place (four goals), Kaitlyn Armstrong (three goals) and Taylor Giglio (two goals) accounted for all of Oswego’s production.

At the tail end of the road trip that had included an 11-10 loss to Mendon (N.J.) and a 14-6 win over John Carroll (Md.), the Wildcats finished it well, beating St. Paul School for Girls 13-10.

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