DeWitt As much as Liverpool’s girls lacrosse team had accomplished through the years, and as much as its alumni had done at the college level and beyond, it mostly lacked the sort of big win that could catapult them to the next level.
Such a win was finally attained Thursday night in the Section III Class A semifinal at CBA’s Alibrandi Stadium, where the no. 3 seed Warriors, led by the trio of Andrea Flood, Mallorie O’Brien and Mary Fadden, knocked off no. 2 seed Baldwinsville 14-11.
The win advances Liverpool into Tuesday’s Class A title game, where it will try and topple top seed and defending champion West Genesee on the Wildcats’ home turf in Camillus. WG beat Fayetteville-Manlius 19-6 in the other semifinal.
Getting there required a reversal of recent unpleasant history against Baldwinsville. That included a marathon 2011 sectional semifinal that, due to weather delays, stretched out over two days and two overtimes before B’ville pulled it out. And it included two regular-season meetings in April, where the Warriors lost by scores of 17-12 and 11-6.
So when Maggie Monnat and Erika Wilcox hit on goals in the opening minutes of the semifinal to give B’ville a quick 2-0 lead, Liverpool fans could only wonder if the sad tale was repeating itself for a fourth time in 12 months.
Not here, though, as the Warriors promptly went on a 7-1 run that covered most of the first half and put them ahead for good.
Flood provided the spark, converting on each of Liverpool’s first four goals, and the Bees could not answer back because the Warriors were dominating in the draw circle, leading to long possessions and extra work for the defense.
B’ville went nearly 12 minutes without a goal as Kayla Szczesniak, Courtney Szczesniak, Emily Burns, Alexis Kline and the rest of Liverpool’s defense stayed aggressive and caused a series of turnovers, further cutting down on the Bees’ possession time.