At last, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey teams get together, on the same turf, to face each other Tuesday night at Bragman Stadium.
That was preceded by some interesting contests, including the Warriors’ clash last Saturday against two-time defending state Class C champion Cazenovia that saw a pair of late goals push the Lakers past Liverpool 2-0.
Both sides had won big games on Wednesday night, as C-NS held off Fayetteville-Manlius 2-1 at Bragman Stadium and Liverpool, with another big performance from Emma Lamison, blew out Rome Free Academy 7-1.
In their first encounter three weeks earlier, C-NS and F-M played to a 0-0 draw. That would not happen in the rematch as, just 2:34 into the game, Elise Towers, off the rebound of two different shots on a penalty corner, flicked it into the cage.
It remained 1-0 deep into the second half, the Northstars’ defense shutting off most of what F-M tried to establish. But with 17:41 to play, Lindsey Trachtenberg’s long pass from the right side fround Erica Stube, and the Hornets forward converted to tie it, 1-1.
Barely a minute later, C-NS earned a penalty corner, and a wild scramble ensued in front of Hornets goalie Julie Hockenberger, who earned 14 saves on the night. Here, though, Marina Pitonzo poked a shot past Hockenberger, which proved the game-winner.
Meanwhile, Liverpool was jumping all over RFA, zipping to a 3-0 halftime lead and doubling that margin after the break with some of its best attacking of the entire season.
No one on the Black Knights could stop Lamison, who piled up a season-best four goals and added an assist. Emily Burns helped out with one goal and one assist, while Marissa Penge and Morgan Thomas also scored. Gabby Pasqualara earned an assist.
In between the RFA romp and the battle with Cazenovia, the Warriors went to Baldwinsville Friday afternoon and had to battle all 60 minutes to get a 1-0 decision over the Bees.