In most seasons, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team would get at least two chances to take down West Genesee.
Yet the 2013 slate offered just one regular-season meeting between the long-time rivals, and they had it Friday night in Camillus, where the Bees nearly got shut out in the first half and still made it interesting before falling to the Wildcats 8-4.
So much of WG’s run of six state Class A championships has come at the expense of B'ville, who has not won a sectional title since its run to the state crown in 2000.
As usual, the Bees arrived at this game determined to give WG battle, having won five in a row since a season-opening defeat to Farmingdale on April 2.
To counter B'ville's aggressive style, the Wildcats made sure it kept the ball in the opponent's end throughout the first half, a task made easier by seizing a 2-0 lead in the first seven minutes on goals by Elmer and Jamie Martin.
Vicki Graveline won a majority of the draws, leading to long possessions, and WG's defense, led by Marissa Hudgins, Abby Connor, Courtney Shoults and Dina Cavallaro, quickly forced turnovers any time the Bees got close to the net.
Thus, the Wildcats could go more than 12 minutes without a goal and not suffer one bit. Elmer fed Cailyn Negus and Taylor Collins for goals late in the half, doubling the margin to 4-0, and WG nearly got a first-half shutout.
But B'ville didn't surrender. Marjorie Dehm scored on a fast break four seconds before halftime, cutting WG's lead to 4-1, and after Collins found the net early in the second half, Sarah Klaben and Kennedy Frink put in goals that made it 5-3 with more than 18 minutes to play.
Calling a time-out, the Wildcats turned to Graveline, who forced a turnover, hit a shot hard off the left post, and then returned second later to beat Lauren Burrows for a crucial goal with 15:40 left