Again, West Genesee’s lacrosse teams enter the Section III playoffs fully expecting to finish with two more championships to add to the winning tradition.
Leading up to the post-season, the girls Wildcats, in particular, made two strong statements, starting last Monday with its 21-4 victory over the Syracuse city squad.
In its first combined season under long-time coach Dennis Kennedy, Syracuse had built an 8-6 record, were riding a three-game win streak and had clinched a playoff berth.
All of this got WG’s attention, and in a first-half blitz the Wildcats were merciless, running right past Syracuse as it built a 14-2 lead.
By game’s end, 13 different Wildcats had scored, as Liz LaComb led with four goals, with Mary Maestri and Alia Hildebrandt each scoring three times.
Emily Tripodi, Shannon Hawley and Erica Geremia each had three assists, with Hawley joining Kara Datellas and Riley Donahue as they got two goals apiece. Geremia, Shelby Milne, Madison Huegel, Nicole Bello, Haley Rose, Olivia Wolfram and Jamie Martin each scored, too.
This led to Wednesday’s regular-season finale against Fayetteville-Manlius, with whom the Wildcats had enjoyed so many memorable battles over the years. This was not quite one of them, but WG gladly took a 16-9 victory over the Hornets.
Unlike the 16-4 decision on April 4 where WG roared out to an 11-1 halftime lead, F-M had a better start here, recording some defensive stops, but not taking full advantage of them.
Thus, the Wildcats took a 7-3 lead to the break, and as the production picked up in the latter stages, WG got away as Geremia took the lead, pouring in five goals and one assist.
Hawley got three goals, with Tripodi managing two goals and three assists. LaComb and Hannah Elmer also scored twice as Donahue and Maestri earned the other goals and Bello produced a pair of assists.