Marcellus Returning virtually intact, and motivated by an early post-season exit a season ago, the Marcellus girls lacrosse team made an emphatic opening statement for 2013.
The Mustangs, hosting Tully Tuesday night, leaned on a potent four-pronged attack that proved far too much for the Black Knights to handle as it prevailed by a score of 19-9.
In 2012, Marcellus suffered a first-round Class C playoff loss to Cazenovia. The disappointment of that 14-13 decision was tempered for head coach Dick Lundblad by the knowledge that the vast majority of his roster was composed of juniors.
Just two seniors – Alanna Todd and Faith Seeley – are gone from that team. Everyone else, from front-line stars like Molly McGuane, Grace Nolan and Lexy Bird, to star goalie Renee Poullott, are back. It also helps that two-time defending sectional champion CBA got pulled up to Class B, perhaps opening the door for a Mustang title run.
At the very least, Marcellus started out well, at least on the offensive end. The first half against Tully was shaky for both defensive sides, as Allison Bolt (who finished with four goals) and Ally McNerney (who added three goals) kept the Black Knights close.
Despite that, Marcellus led, 10-7, at the break, and it started to win the draws on a regular basis in the second half, wearing down Tully’s defense and continuing to product at a high rate.
Nolan, still a junior, led the way, scoring six times and adding an assist, while sophomore Ally Burrows contributed four goals. McGuane and Bird had fine all-around efforts, each of them finishing with three goals and three assists.
Audrey Cerrone found the net twice as Emily Hennigan picked up one goal and one assist. Poullott, after her early struggles, started to make more stops and had 10 saves overall.