Cicero In the mind of Baldwinsville boys lacrosse coach Pete Fiorini, the Bees’ start in Saturday night's Section III Class A semifinal against West Genesee could have been worse.
That said, it certainly could have been a lot better, too.
The Wildcats jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first seven minutes and never looked back en route to an 11-4 win over Baldwinsville at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.
The Bees never threatened the top-seeded Wildcats, who had already beaten Central Square 17-0 in the opening round, and move on to play Liverpool in the sectional title game at 8 p.m. Wednesday night, also at C-NS.
“I think (at) 3-0 we were playing pretty good defense,” Fiorini said. “Our attack needed to stick a couple of those shots we took. We took eight or nine shots in the first quarter and didn’t make any. I think if we score a couple, it’s a different game.”
Senior midfielders R.J. Tinklepaugh and Tim Barber led the Wildcats offense with three goals each and goalie Scott Sidnam made 13 saves to lead WG's suffocating defense.
Tinklepaugh scored two of West Genesee’s three first-quarter goals, while the Bees offense sputtered at the other end. When B'ville sophomore attacker Steve Petrelli finally did put the Bees on the board in the second quarter, the Wildcats answered just 28 seconds later to take a 4-1 lead.
Petrelli then found senior attack Luke Evans for a goal but once again, WG responded quickly, this time 32 seconds after the Bees tally. That started a 20-plus minute scoreless stretch for B'ville as their shooters struggled to find the net.
“They didn’t shoot well,” Wildcats head coach Mike Messere said. “Some of their guys got in close. I think some of them were outside shooters rather than inside shooters and it kind of stuck on their stick a little bit.”