Marcellus boys go 3-0, rise above .500 mark

Westhill struggle continue; Ludden overwhelmed

With April winding down, it was important for the Marcellus boys lacrosse team to stock up victories so that it didn’t have to worry about post-season qualification in the month of May.

The Mustangs breezed through last Monday’s game at Manlius-Pebble Hill, taming the Trojans 17-1 as it didn’t allow a goal after the first quarter and used everyone on the roster.

Connor Wheeler, in particular, lit it up with six goals and one assist. David Lilly and Tom McNaney offered the most support, each with two goals and two assists.

Kevin Hutchings and Ben Powers also scored twice, with John Dunn, Rich Ghezzi and Dalton Wenzel each scoring one goal. Morgan Reilly and Mike McNaney joined Hutchings and Dunn in the assist column.

Two days later, the Mustangs were just as efficient downing Onondaga 11-5. From a 2-2 tie, the Mustangs took over in the middle stages, outscoring the Tigers 8-1 in the second and third periods and effectively spreading its production around.

Wheeler, with three goals and one assist, and Tom McNaney, with a goal and three assists, led the push. Powers again had two goals, with Reilly, Wenzel, Hutchings and Ryeland Hourigan adding single goals. Mike McNaney contributed a goal and two assists.

To cap off this undefeated week, Marcellus (6-5) crushed Bishop Ludden 21-0 on Friday, bolting to a 16-0 halftime lead as Lilly led with five goals and one assist.

Tom McNaney picked up three goals and four assists, while Mike McNaney had three goals and two assists and Dunn also scored three times. Wenzel got two goals as Hutchings, Ghezzi, Hourigan and Colin Cusick added goals.

Meanwhile, Westhill, who was once 4-0, suffered its third straight defeat last Tuesday, falling in a close 9-7 decision to LaFayette.

The Warriors appeared to take control in the second quarter, outscoring the Lancers 3-1 and seizing a 5-3 lead. But LaFayette caught up, 7-7, by the end of the third quarter and blanked Westhill the rest of the way.

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