Baldwinsville Two-goal deficits are not a big deal in girls lacrosse, especially in the early part of a game. Unless it's West Genesee that's trailing.
Faced with this rare situation of having to catch up Friday night at Baldwinsville, the Wildcats not only did so, but with a 16-10 victory over the Bees proved that, again, the road to a Section III Class A title must wind through Camillus.
Just as in 2011, B'ville has emerged this spring as WG's primary local challenger through its 9-2 start. When the two teams met on March 31, the Wildcats prevailed 11-6, but left that game expecting a bigger challenge in the rematch, played on the road at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
B'ville lived up to that talk, at least in the early going. Ashley Gentile won the opening draw, and then raced down the field to put home a goal just 33 seconds into the game.
Emily Tripodi answered 57 seconds later, but the 1-1 tie didn't last long. Maggie Monnat put the Bees back ahead, and Gentile's second goal made it 3-1.
Wildcats head coach Bob Elmer said that his team battled early nerves, but quickly got over it.
"Once my kids settled down, they played much better on both ends," he said.
Indeed, WG's experienced senior defense made things uncomfortable for B'ville the rest of the night. Madison Huegel (going to Syracuse University), Dana Anderson (headed to Le Moyne) and Shelby Milne (on her way to Hofstra) honed in and forced turnovers, assuring that goalie Andrea Francisco didn't have to face too many difficult chances.
Offensively, the Wildcats used five unanswered goals in the middle of the first half to move ahead for good. B'ville cut the deficit to 6-5, but goals by Liz LaComb and Kara Datellas restored the margin to 8-5 as they headed to halftime.