Other than a poor second half on April 8 against Skaneateles, the Westhill girls lacrosse team had played quite well every single minute it has been on the field.
Now it had a chance at an eye-opening win if, last Wednesday night, it could beat visiting Marcellus, who was still trying to recover from its long overtime battle with Skaneateles.
But the Mustangs were in a bad mood after that defeat – especially Grace Nolan, and they turned that anger into results by taking charge early and never letting the Warriors catch up during a 16-9 victory.
Much of that winning margin got built in the first half. Marcellus steadily climbed ahead of Westhill, doubling things up and getting a 10-5 lead by the time they reached the break.
Unlike Skaneateles, the Warriors had no answer for Nolan. The junior attacker restored some of her eye-popping early-season numbers, pouring in seven goals and adding an assist.
In support, Grace Hunt had three goals and three assist, while Molly McGuane managed five assists to go with her lone goal. Ally Burrows scored twice as Lexy Bird, Audrey Cerrone and Emily Hennigan had one goal apiece.
As for Westhill, it got exhausted playing catch-up all night. Emily Mizer and Shelby Stack both scored three times, while Ryann Laible had two goals and one assist. Gabby Tangredi had the other goal as Gretchen Krzykowski earned eight saves, two less than Marcellus counterpart Renee Poullott.
Just before this, the Warriors faced Chittenango, a game that was tight for a while before Westhill took over late and beat the Bears 19-8.
It was only 10-7 at halftime, neither defense faring too well. During the break, though, the Warriors made defensive adjustments that worked to contain Chittenango while, at the same time, it dominated the draws, leading to extra possessions and more scoring plays.