Manlius Three seconds – not a long time, but enough to hurt the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team.
That was how much remained in the first half of last Tuesday’s game against visiting West Genesee when the Hornets, cruising along and enjoying a three-goal lead, got suddenly burned.
It was Matt Schattner doing the honors, as the Wildcat senior captain flung a bounce shot past F-M goalie Matt Wells just three ticks before the horn. From there, the fired-up visitors zoomed past the Hornets in the second half and prevailed by a score of 9-7.
All was set up for F-M’s payback as it looked to avenge a 7-5 defeat to WG on April 7 in Camillus. Winners of eight in a row, the Hornets, with the no. 9 spot in the latest state Class A rankings, had newfound momentum from an 8-7, come-from-behind overtime win at Baldwinsville three nights earlier, and were playing on home turf.
The first 23 minutes, 57 seconds went quite well, starting with Ryan Simmons snapping up the opening face-off, racing to the net and beating WG goalie Scott Sidnam just 15 seconds into the game.
That was the only goal by either team in the first quarter. The Wildcats had more shots, but Wells turned all of them back, earning the majority of his 12 saves in that opening period.
Simmons tacked on two more goals in the second period, with Kevin Lux also finding the net. So as the half wound down, F-M led 4-1 and possessed the ball, too, eager to add to the margin.
Instead, WG made a stop, and made one more push in the waning seconds. Schattner said he asked for the ball and, looking to spark his side, did so with the goal that made it 4-2 at the break.