B’ville girls lax topples F-M, Brighton

Boys top Syracuse East, to meet C-NS in sectional home game

— Before it could proceed to the Section III Class A playoffs, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team had a small bit of payback to execute and a tough non-league opponent to challenge them.

The payback came in last Monday’s game at Fayetteville-Manlius, where the Bees dominated on both ends of the field in the early going and cruised to a 15-8 victory over the Hornets.

This was the same F-M side that stunned B’ville 10-9 at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium on April 16, just after the Bees had returned from its San Diego trip.

Now on the Hornets’ new artificial turf field, the Bees played more of its own game in the sequel, blazing its way to a 9-3 halftime lead so that, when F-M did threaten, it had a cushion and could withstand the push.

Kennedy Frink, in particular, stepped up, pouring in four goals and adding two assists. Maggie Monnat also found the net four times, while Claire Monnat and Sarah Klaben each had two goals and one assist.

Erika Wilcox and Taylor Pastore both picked up one goal and one assist, with Amari Pollard also scoring. Ashley Gentile added an assist. In the net, Andrea Moore had nine saves, negating the three goals put up by F-M teammates Marri Ryu and Grace Donahue.

Yet that didn’t even turn out to be the Bees’ biggest challenge of the week. That came two nights later, when Section V power Brighton visited Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium and fought hard with the Bees until the hosts emerged with an 8-7 victory.

Brighton, who pushed defending state Class C champion CBA into overtime in a 13-12 defeat just five days earlier, stuck right with B’ville through a 4-4 first half, and the tension continued deep into the second half, neither side able to break free.

The Bees never took the lead for keeps until Claire Monnat converted a free-position opportunity with less than two minutes left in regulation, her only goal of the night.

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