Baldwinsville Conditions at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium were far from ideal on Tuesday night, but Baldwinsville girls lacrosse coach Doug Rowe was simply happy that his team got on the field for the first time in nearly two weeks.
And the result, a 16-5 victory by the Bees (2-1) over Syracuse gave Rowe further reason to smile.
“That team (Syracuse) has heart and they worked through everything,” Rowe said. “They were 4-0 and they were coming through, so we were a little nervous about it. But I did think that we could have a win, (though) I didn’t know it would be quite that lopsided.”
Playing in a rainy home opener, B'ville co-captain Sarah Klaben led the team with five goals. She got the scoreboard working 2:15 into the game, taking a pass from junior Kennedy Frink and putting it past Syracuse goalie Myesha Graves.
Lexie Pastore received a yellow card less than a minute later, but the Bees played as if they were a player up rather than down. Frink and co-captain Amari Pollard scored short-handed goals a minute apart for a 3-0 lead - Frink’s from a free position and Pollard’s a solo effort.
Back at full strength, B'ville continued to dominate possession and scored two more goals before Syracuse got its first shot on target nine minutes into the game.
Johna Kjerstad was good from the free position, and Frink connected with Klaben again for their second assist-goal combo before Karen Boronczyk’s free position goal at 15:59 put Syracuse on the board.
Two minutes later, Frink and Klaben connected for a third time before sophomore Taylor Gebhardt muscled her way from behind the cage to directly in front of the net and slotted home her first of two goals on the night.
Pollard and Klaben added goals on either side of Syracuse’s second point by Molly Driscoll, giving B'ville a 9-2 advantage at half.