Liverpool On the strength of Grace Nolan’s five goals and six assists, the Marcellus girls lacrosse team improve to 5-0 and made quick work of Liverpool in a wet 17-5 victory Friday night at LHS Stadium.
And with that, head coach Dick Lundblad’s Mustangs can finally focus on the highly-touted Monday-night match-up with 5-1 Skaneateles.
“A lot of people are making a big deal about our supposed rivalry,” Lundblad said. “Skaneateles is always a great team. The girls look forward to it. We’re excited about Monday night.”
The Warriors looked to give the visitors a tough match in the early going, responding to a 2-0 deficit with goals from Mallorie O’Brien and Natalie Parkins to tie the game.
But after Nolan put the Mustangs ahead 3-2, a yellow card on O’Brien at the 14:30 mark allowed Marcellus to break the game open.
Lexy Bird and Audrey Cerrone scored within 30 seconds of each other during the player advantage. Liverpool senior Lauren Mancini pulled one back at 8:15, but Nolan’s second goal of the game restored the three-goal lead 30 seconds later.
O’Brien’s second yellow card of the half provided the Mustangs another opportunity to increase the distance between the two teams.
Immediately following the reset, Nolan rebounded a shot directly in front of the cage for her third score, and put in a fourth just 17 seconds later for an 8-3 lead. Grace Hunt scored on a penalty freeze for Marcellus’ ninth and final goal of the half.
“We brought a well-balanced attack,” Lunblad said. “Our defense has been working really hard lately, our goalie made some huge stops tonight which slowed them down. It was a good transition game for us.”
The Liverpool attack caught Mustang goalie Renee Poullott floating with the ball out of her crease and forced a desperation pass which Mancini collected and immediately buried in the net 2:21 into the second half.