SYRACUSE Tuesday night’s boys’ lacrosse matchup between Westhill and Marcellus could fit into the cliche of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object.
The host Warriors came in with an 8-2 overall record, 5-1 in OHSL division play, and riding a five-game winning streak. The Mustangs entered at 9-2, undefeated atop the OHSL and winner of its last seven games - the last one a tense 12-8 come from behind victory over Liverpool. Marcellus also began the streak with a win over Lafayette, responsible for Westhill’s only division loss.
A win for the hosts would unseat the Mustangs from first place, but the opposite result would solidify the visitors’ hold on the top spot.
In the end, Westhill outclassed the Mustangs from start to finish for a 13-8 victory that was more one-sided than the score line suggests. And it did so with a balanced attack and possession.
Ryan Suddaby and Ryan Zimmerman, the Warriors’ top goal scorers on the season, each had three on this night. Mark Purcell, Jack Centore and Mark Vadala each contributed a pair of goals each, and points leader Luke Longo had one.In addition, Nine of the 13 Warriors goals were assisted, led by Richie Easterly’s three and Centore’s two.
The spread of production came as no surprise to coach Mike Leuze. “That’s how it’s been all year,” said Leuze. “All six of our starting offensive kids are in the high 20s or 30s with points and more than half of our goals are assisted so I can’t ask anything more of these kids.”
Marcellus came out as the aggressor in the first six minutes of the game, forcing four saves out of Warriors goalie Jack Sweeney to just two from Jake Lilly.
But Centore struck first at the 6:03 mark, taking a solo run down the right side of the field before slinging in an unassisted shot.