Apr 22, 2013 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Other than a poor second half on April 8 against Skaneateles, the Westhill girls lacrosse team had played quite well every single minute it has been on the field.
Now it had a chance at an eye-opening win if, last Wednesday night, it could beat visiting Marcellus, who was still trying to recover from its long overtime battle with Skaneateles.
But the Mustangs were in a bad mood after that defeat – especially Grace Nolan, and they turned that anger into results by taking charge early and never letting the Warriors catch up during a 16-9 victory.
Much of that winning margin got built in the first half. Marcellus steadily climbed ahead of Westhill, doubling things up and getting a 10-5 lead by the time they reached the break.
Unlike Skaneateles, the Warriors had no answer for Nolan. The junior attacker restored some of her eye-popping early-season numbers, pouring in seven goals and adding an assist.
In support, Grace Hunt had three goals and three assist, while Molly McGuane managed five assists to go with her lone goal. Ally Burrows scored twice as Lexy Bird, Audrey Cerrone and Emily Hennigan had one goal apiece.
As for Westhill, it got exhausted playing catch-up all night. Emily Mizer and Shelby Stack both scored three times, while Ryann Laible had two goals and one assist. Gabby Tangredi had the other goal as Gretchen Krzykowski earned eight saves, two less than Marcellus counterpart Renee Poullott.
Just before this, the Warriors faced Chittenango, a game that was tight for a while before Westhill took over late and beat the Bears 19-8.
It was only 10-7 at halftime, neither defense faring too well. During the break, though, the Warriors made defensive adjustments that worked to contain Chittenango while, at the same time, it dominated the draws, leading to extra possessions and more scoring plays.
Maggie Tripodi, in particular, cleaned up, earning four goals and five assists. Nicole Easterly scored five times, while Mizer and Liable each got three goals and one assist. Stack, Tangredi, Sophia Dower and Mariah Pierce had one goal apiece.
Jordan-Elbridge, still looking for its first win of 2013, got close again last Monday against LaFayette, but still lost a 9-7 decision to the Lancers.
No one on the Eagles’ defensive side could contain LaFayette star Cassley Jackowski, who scored six times. It was her efforts that allowed the Lancers to inch to a 5-3 halftime lead and respond every time J-E tried to rally in the late going.
Kelsey Youmell, in defeat, had a three-goal hat trick. Kali Kimak earned two goals, while Gabby Thorpe and Kelsey Soderburg earned one goal apiece. Morgan Conroy finished with 11 saves.
But the Eagles would break through two days later, taking down Tully 9-8. What made it better was that the Black Knights led 5-4 at halftime, but J-E, aided in no small part by Conroy’s 18 saves, came back and inched in front down the stretch.
Offensively, Marissa Malvaso picked up three goals and one assist. Youmell scored twice, with Thorpe, Kimak, Antonia Malvaso and Alexis Malvaso earning one goal apiece.
J-E went to halftime of Friday night’s game at Cazenovia tied at 6-6, but could not keep up with the Lakers in the latter stages and took a 13-9 defeat.
Kimak still had three goals, with Youmell and Marissa Malvaso each scoring twice. Soderburg and Alexis Malvaso also had goals as Conroy gained 14 saves. Cazenovia had Jessie Matt and Kristie Kleine score three goals apiece, fed by Kayla Dorrance and her five assists.
Bishop Ludden-Bishop Grimes lost, 12-2, to Onondaga last Monday night, only getting goals from Nicole Granteed and Kellie Byrne, with Teresa Shattuck adding an assist. Meg Farrell had 12 saves as Rachel Akshar led the Tigers with four goals and one assist.
The Gaelic Knights did manage two more goals in Thursday’s game against Skaneateles, but still lost 16-4 to the Lakers. Teresa Shattuck scored twice, with Granteed and Gemma O’Kane notching the other goals.