Despite a stronger second half, Marcellus could not fully recover. Molly McGuane and Maura Gosson were the only Mustangs to score twice, while Molly Caldwell, Alex Burrows and Audrey Cerrone earned the other goals.
This gave the Mustangs some urgency to beat Westhill Wednesday night – which it did, playing a near-perfect first half in taking out the Warriors 17-8.
Doing whatever it wanted against an overwhelmed Westhill defense, Marcellus roared to a 12-4 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way.
Grace Nolan and Emily Hennigan both finished with four goals, while Nolan added three assists. Lexy Bird found the net three times, with Molly McGuane adding two goals and two assists and Grace Hunt also finding the net twice. Alex Burrows and Audrey Cerrone got single goals.
Renee Poullott turned away 14 of the 22 shots she faced. Just three Westhill players scored as Brenna Rainone had four goals, Emily Mizer added three goals and Maggie Tripodi got a goal and three assists.
Westhill put up a good fight against state Class C no. 5-ranked Skaneateles last Monday night, but still lost a 14-11 decision to the Lakers.
The two sides were tied, 7-7, at halftime. Rainone had a heroic effort, with six goals and two assists, while Nicole Easterly (two goals) and Tripodi (one goal, two assists) offered the help. Mizer and Shelby Stack also scored.
However, The Lakers got away in the latter stages, overcoming Gretchen Krzykowski’s 10 saves behind the work of Carly Davis, who had six goals, and Nicole Beatson, who scored four times.