continued “I thought in the second half once we talked about what needed to be done the kids made the adjustments,” Kenneally said. “I was very pleased with how we responded in the second half and how against a good team we kept it going and found a way to be successful.”
But it was the Hornets’ balanced attack in the first half that gave the visitors a lead they never relinquished. Arnold and Lux tallied in a slow first quarter to build a 2-0 lead.
“I thought that we were a little bit sleepy coming out having had the game at Auburn yesterday, a little bit inconsistent with our decision-making,” Kenneally said.
Lux’s goal came on a brilliant display of individual talent as he waved his stick over and around defender Michael Card then ducked low to the side of Erik Pola for a bouncing shot that Smith didn’t spot before it was too late.
Arnold, Cahill, Wilson (twice) and Luke Krizman all hit the score sheet to build a 7-3 lead in a more flowing second quarter. Arnold’s goal came as a result of unselfish team play in response to Skaneateles’ first goal of the game by Pola.
Kroy Arnold controlled the ensuing faceoff with downfield momentum, laid the ball to Wilson streaking through the center. Wilson passed up a clear shot, instead hitting Lux on the right side of the goal. Lux also eschewed a chance at net to hit Clay charging in on the backside and he buried the one timer just ten seconds after the faceoff.
Goals were not in short supply for the Hornets, but the defensive performance by F-M's long sticks set the tone for victory.
“Ben Jeffery, McDonough, the Pulver brothers and Bedell were outstanding, especially from the second quarter on,” Kenneally said. “Once we realized we better tighten things up I thought they were spectacular.”