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Wildcats' Graveline gets six goals against Northstars

— In the span of less than 24 hours, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team offered an imposing statement to two would-be challengers to its Class A throne.

First, led by senior Vicki Graveline’s six goals, the Wildcats earned a 13-5 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse last Wednesday afternoon. Then, in a rematch of last year’s Section III final, WG welcomed Liverpool and took them out by an 11-4 margin.

Playing against C-NS at home due to snowy conditions at Bragman Stadium that also caused a 24-hour delay, WG dictated play in the Northstars’ half of the turf. Goalie Andrea Francisco was called into action just once in the first half, blocking a shot by Tiffany Ryan 3:53 before the break.

Riley Donahue opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 17:55 mark. The Wildcats needed another eight minutes to find the back of the C-NS net as substitute Taylor Collins took a pass from Hannah Elmer and buried it past Northstars goalie Stefani Reynolds.

Collins’ goal opened the floodgates for the Wildcats. Graveline put in her first goal 30 seconds later, faking a pass out wide before streaking down the center for an easy score.

Elmer, Graveline (twice) and Donahue each tallied unassisted goals, giving the Wildcats six goals in under five minutes - and a 7-0 lead at halftime.

The Northstars would not go away quietly. Hanna Haven needed just 49 seconds to get the visitors on the scoreboard in the second half, dropping a free-position shot past WG's other goalie, Jazmin Bello.

Ryan doubled her team’s score two minutes later off a Courtney Kenny pass from behind the net. Ryan put in another goal after another two minutes, prompting WG coach Bob Elmer to reinsert Francisco.

C-NS managed just four more shots on goal the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Graveline put the Wildcats back on the scoring track with a one-timer shot from a Donahue pass.

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