Cicero The Baldwinsville girls’ lacrosse team knows the fickle nature of Central New York weather all too well this season. In the face of torrential rain, the superbly designed drainage system at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium turf field represented a welcoming sight for the Bees.
“We’re in the mud, the rain, the snow, we’re everywhere, so it’s just another night in the rain,” head coach Doug Rowe said.
Even with that clean turf, the the Bees (4-1, 3-0 league) avoided a slip in the waning moments of a hard fought 10-9 win over the Northstars, who fell to 3-3.
With four goals already under her belt and less than five minutes left on the clock, freshman standout Meghan Duffy held the ball for the hosts behind B'ville goalie Nicole Burrows.
But the opening never came. C-NS turned the ball over with three minutes to go and the Bees played keepaway as the seconds ticked off. Rowe called a timeout with 1:09 left to make sure his players knew the plan.
“We didn’t want to go to goal because they had to pull their goalie to jump us and try to force a turnover,” Rowe said. “So we wanted to pull out a little more time and then go to goal and get up by two because we knew we’d have a wide open goal.”
That two-goal lead never came for the Bees, and it nearly provided the Northstars a last-gasp opportunity. Tiffany Ryan forced a turnover deep in her own end with 25 seconds left and carried the ball at top speed towards the Bees net.
That’s when sophomore Taylor Gebhardt, who scored five goals in the game, made the biggest play of the evening by taking a charge on Ryan short of midfield with 15 ticks left.
“That ended the game right there,” Rowe said. “They had plenty of time to run down and rip it.”