A short stretch near the end of April would go a long way in determining where the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team would stand, relative to everyone else in the Section III Class C ranks.
It didn’t start out well, as the Lakers went to Jordan-Elbridge last Wednesday and could not catch up in the late stages of an 11-10 defeat to the Eagles.
Though only with a 1-5 mark, J-E still inched in front, 4-3, by halftime. As the scoring pace quickened in the second half, the Lakers kept making surges, and the Eagles kept answering, led by Emily Bates, who had four goals and one assist, and Amanda Wheeler, who had three goals and four assists.
Colleen Dougherty and Kristi Kleine both scored three times in the Lakers’ effort. Becca Wheeler added two goals, with Kayla Dorrance and Abbie McEntee managing one goal apiece.
Two days later, Cazenovia returned home to face Manlius-Pebble Hill, and while it also proved close, this time the Lakers prevailed, 11-9, over the Trojans.
Steadily, Cazenovia made its way to a 7-4 halftime lead and held on behind four goals and one assists from Kleine. Dougherty and Becca Wheeler both scored twice, while Dorrance and Caroline Franz stepped up, each getting a goal and two assists. McEntee earned the other goal as Hadley Lucas contributed an assist.
This put the Lakers (4-4) back at the .500 mark leading up to back-to-back road games this week against LaFayette and Westhill.