Camillus Ted Glesener found the key to solving a zone defense - take accurate shots, frequently.
Because Glesener did so, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team once again asserted itself as the Section III Class A team to beat, dominating from start to finish in a 14-4 victory over Liverpool Thursday night at Wildcat Stadium.
Though it was Senior Night for the Wildcats, it was Glesener, a junior, asserting his will on the previously undefeated Warriors in the first encounter between the two sides since last year's Class A final, won by WG 7-6 in overtime.
Now, as then, Liverpool brought out its zone defense, designed to prevent an opposing team from getting close-up shots and forcing them outside, a contrast to the one-on-one, man-to-man approach the Wildcats have traditionally used.
That was fine for Glesener, who needed just 1:40 of game time to put his team in front. Taking a pass from Matt Schattner, Glesener sent a low, boring shot past Liverpool goalie Dominick Madonna, and the rout had started.
Patiently, the Wildcats worked it around until Glesener struck again, this time off a feed from Jake Darrow. Then, at the 8:18 mark, R.J. Tinklepaugh found Glesener at the point, and the midfielder screamed another hard shot into the net.
Though nearly 40 minutes of game time remained, Liverpool never recovered from this trio of blows. Just as importantly, Glesener's breakthroughs against the zone ignited the rest of WG's attack, which despite a 13-1 record had gone quiet many different times this spring.
From Ryan St. Croix connecting in the waning seconds of the first quarter to defender Jake Sutherland hitting a short-handed goal early in the second period, the Wildcats kept adding to the margin, Dan Ginestro and Tim Barber contributing goals late in the half.
And Glesener wasn't done, either, pouring in two more goals to give him five for the half as the Wildcats' lead expanded to 10-2 by halftime.