Marcellus, Westhill boys advance in lacrosse playoffs

Mustangs rout General Brown; Warriors take out Cortland

In their own particular ways, and on home fields both permanent and temporary, the Marcellus and Westhill boys lacrosse teams passed their first tests in the Section III Class C playoffs.

Going first, the no. 8 seed Warriors knocked out no. 9 seed Cortland 15-9. A couple of hours later, it was the no. 6 seed Mustangs pulling away from no. 11 seed General Brown for a 16-7 victory.

With a shot at facing top seed and defending state champion Cazenovia at stake, Westhill returned to its temporary home at Solvay's Earl Hadley Stadium, where it played this spring while a new artificial turf field is installed in time for fall sports.

Waiting was Cortland, who overcame the early suspension of a handful of players to go 10-5 and make a return to the playoffs. The Warriors made sure that stay was not a long one.

Both sides were relatively quiet in the first quarter, but Westhill seized control in the second period, outscoring the Purple Tigers 6-1 so that it went to the break with an 8-2 lead.

The entire second half was spent protecting that margin. And the Warriors did so, matching every Cortland surge with one of its own as, combined, goalies Chris Lawton and Jack Sweeney stopped 14 of 22 shots.

Austin Webb, with four goals and one assist, led a well-balanced attack. Luke Longo and Ryan Suddaby both managed three-goal hat tricks, while Owen Nicola and Richie Easterly each got two goals and two assists. Jack Centore stepped up with one goal and one assist.

Up at Marcellus, the Mustangs, whose season has been full of close contests and narrow defeats to powers like Cazenovia, Homer and CBA, would not find General Brown, an 8-8 entrant from the Frontier League, as difficult to deal with.

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