Many pieces for the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team are back from a side that went 11-7 a season ago, falling to West Genesee in the Section III Class A semifinals.
Yet the Bees confront a brutal opening slate – six games in a span of 13 days, two of them against defending sectional champion Liverpool, plus a date with Fayetteville-Manlius and a trip to Cazenovia.
It all started, though, with an appearance in the Finger Lakes Classic at Marcellus, where the Bees were in good position in last Thursday’s opener against traditional Class C power Skaneateles, but could not hold on in a 7-5 loss to the Lakers.
All through the first quarter, B’ville attacked most of the way, and it seized a 2-0 lead on goals by Steve Petrelli and Zach Bulak 22 seconds apart.
Jack Fabrizio got the Lakers on the board before Ronnie Bertrand answered with 20 seconds left in the period. Instead of a two-goal lead, though, the Bees turned it over and gave up a tally to Tyler Strods in the waning seconds.
Much of the second quarter was a stalemate. Again, the Bees pushed hard, but on shot after shot Skaneateles goalie Max Smith turned them away, not stopping until he had 10 saves overall for the first half.
All that Smith allowed was Connor Chapman’s goal in the last minute of the half. Since it followed a tying goal from Strods, the Bees only had a 4-3 edge at the break.
Frustrated, the Bees started committing a series of penalties in the third quarter. Skaneateles, at first, did not take advantage of these man-up situations, turning the ball over in the style of a team still working through the kinks of a season opener.
However, Alex Brownlee changed things. The Lakers’ senior attacker fed Taylor Haberstock for the tying goal late in the third quarter, but was just getting warmed up.