Cazenovia In order to deal with the lingering winter, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team had to wait, and then had to move across town, to get its 2013 season underway – but it didn’t faze the Lakers one bit as it won both of its opening tests.
The Lakers, like so many others in the Section III Class C ranks, see a new opportunity thanks to the promotion of two-time champion (and 2011 state champion) CBA to the Class B ranks, and don’t want to waste that opportunity.
First, though, Cazenovia had to wait out the weather, which postponed the team’s March 28 opener at Cortland and nearly did the same to last Tuesday’s scheduled home opener against Clinton.
At least in the latter instance, the turf at nearby Cazenovia college was available, so the Lakers went there and promptly dismantled Clinton in a 13-1 romp.
Given the snow and high winds that put wind chills in the teens, it wasn’t surprising that Cazenovia’s attack took a while to warm up. But a solid defense, anchored by goalie Lauren Devine, kept Clinton off the board, and the Lakers led 5-0 at halftime.
But Kelsey Henderson scored twice early in the second half to make it 7-0, and after the Warriors’ Breanna Karrat broke up the shutout, Cazenovia got clear as Henderson tacked on two more goals, giving her four for the day.
Yet it was Kayla Dorrance serving as the anchor for the Lakers, feeding several different teammates with her timely passes and setting a career mark with eight assists.
Kristie Kleine and Jessie Matt each scored twice, while Dorrance, Grace Milmoe, Madison Gabor, Sarah Willard and Dana Kiselica notched single goals. Kali Cook and Hadley Lucas earned one assist apiece.
Returning to that same Cazenovia College turf on Thursday, the Lakers took on the combined Bishop Ludden/Bishop Grimes team and were shaky at times, but still did enough to defeat the Gaelic Knights 9-5.