Two nights later, at Jordan-Elbridge, the Bears tripped up, though, its defense unable to get settled at any point as it lost to the Eagles 17-11.
Even with a 4-3 first-quarter lead, Chittenango did little to thwart J-E’s attack, surrendering that lead as the Eagles went in front, 8-7, by halftime. A pivotal third quarter saw the Bears outscored, 5-2, and unable to recover.
Phelps still had three goals and three assists, with Jones adding two goals and two assists. Sadler and Zimmer also had two-goal outings as Billington and Whittin had one goal apiece. Shea had 16 saves as, for J-E, Gale Thorpe led with five goals and three assists, with Aurie Schwarting (four goals, two assists) close behind.
In girls lacrosse action, Chittenango went up against Tully last Monday night, and paid for a poor first half in a 17-6 loss to the Black Knights.
Tully essentially settled matters by jumping out to an 11-2 lead, led by Ally McNerney and Allison Bolt, who had four goals apiece as Zoe Hendricks and Taylor Kwiek (three goals each) followed.
Chittenango stemmed things a bit in the second half, but had too much ground to make up. Kaitlin Antelmi had two goals, with Sierra Shafer, Lauren Bililngton, Nicole Zimmer and April Appel managing one goal apiece. Alyssa Crane made nine saves in the net.
The Bears also lost Wednesday to LaFayette, 22-6, getting most of its offense in the first half as Antelmi poured in four goals, with Shafer and Billington also finding the net.
Despite this, Chittenango still trailed 13-5 at the break, and the Lancers pulled further away as six different players earned hat tricks and goalie Paige Skinner earned most of her 11 saves.
For LaFayette, Nina Schaeffer and Alexis Manley both had four goals, while Cassley Jackowski, Cassidy Doster, Maddison Appel and Cassidy Ubieta earned three goals apiece. Jackowski added five assists as Doster and Appel each managed three assists.
Trying to get back in the win column on Friday against Bishop Ludden/Bishop Grimes, the Bears nearly did so, only to see its plans thwarted late in a 10-9 defeat to the Gaelic Knights.
Only down by one, 6-5, at halftime, Chittenango slowed the game down and stayed right with Ludden/Grimes. Antelmi got four goals, while Shafer found the net twice. Zimmer, Gabby Loftus and Emily Gibbons earned one goal apiece.
Still, Ludden/Grimes held on thanks to five goals and one assist from Teresa Shattuck and a three-goal hat trick from Stephanie Brazell.