Amid a tough early gauntlet, the Marcellus and Westhill boys lacrosse teams both would take on Jordan-Elbridge and earn tough victories, and find mixed results elsewhere.
Against a LaFayette side that has constantly tormented them in seasons past, the Mustangs did not flinch last Tuesday night, beating the Lancers 12-9.
This was a steady, strong effort on the Mustangs’ part, keyed by what it did in the first half, battling its way to a 6-3 lead. That margin was needed as LaFayette inched closer in an active third quarter, cutting the margin to 9-7, but Marcellus would hold on.
And the McNaney brothers had much to do with this. Tom McNaney produced three goals and three assists, while Luke McNaney also had a three-goal hat trick, adding a pair of assists.
Kevin Hutchings and Harrison Cox provided ample support, each scoring twice, while John Dunn and Ross Filtch had single goals. Jake Lilly also had a terrific performance in the net, turning back 15 of the Lancers’ 24 shots.
As this went on, Westhill was at home, getting a serious challenge from J-E, but taking over in the latter stages to beat the Eagles 9-7.
J-E put the Warriors in real trouble when it went on a 4-0 second-quarter spurt, erasing Westhill’s early lead and going up, 5-2, as they went to halftime. Just as quickly, though, the Eagles cooled off, giving the Warriors time to regroup – which it did, pulling even 5-5 as they reached the fourth quarter and outscoring the visitors 3-1 in the homestretch.
Ryan Suddaby, with three goals and one assist, and Luke Longo, with three goals and one assist, led Westhill’s rally, while Ryan Zimmerman had two goals and one assist. Peter Valentini had the other goal as Richie Easterly and Jack Centore picked up assists.