Regardless of the opposition, things got tight for the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team as it crossed the midway point of the regular season and endured a stretch where it had to play four times in six days – and those games were decided by a combined five goals.
In an April 28 non-league game against General Brown at the Sean Googin Sports Complex, the Lakers blew a big lead late in regulation, but survived to beat the Lions 12-11 in overtime.
Cazenovia bolted to a 9-4 first-half edge. GB made up all of it, though, as Haleigh Flint and Emily Amell, with three goals each, led the rally, tying it 11-11.
So it went to a pair of three-minute overtime periods. Neither side scored in the first OT, but Caroline Franz did convert in the second extra period, and the Lakers held on from there.
All told, Franz had three goals and three assists, with Kayla Dorrance managing five assists to go with her lone tally. Becca Wheeler and Kristie Kleine each had two goals, while Jessy Slifer, Abbie McEntee and Emmajean Speer joined Dorrance with single goals.
Going to Tully two nights later to make up an April 23 weather postponement, the Lakers endured a horrendous start and nearly made it all the way back before taking a 13-11 loss to the Black Knights.
Unable to win draws or hang on to the ball, Cazenovia slipped into an 8-1 deficit by halftime as Allison Bolt (four goals, one assist) and Alexis Drumm (three goals, two assists) led Tully’s attack.
The Lakers regrouped at the break and tore right through the Black Knights’ defenses in the latter stages, almost catching up. Wheeler poured in five goals, while Colleen Dougherty scored three times. Dorrance again had a goal and four assists as Speer and Kline got the other goals.