continued A week of further practice followed for the Mustangs, and it returns to action April 5 against Cicero-North Syracuse, leading up to an April 8 playoff rematch with Cazenovia.
As that went, Westhill and Jordan-Elbridge opened their respective seasons. The Warriors, back under the direction of coach Tim Alberts, went north last Wednesday to face General Brown and had to fight hard for a 12-11 victory over the Lions.
All season long, Westhill is playing with heavy hearts after the traffic accident early on the morning of March 2 that took the life of Anna Pullano, a senior who was a member of the lacrosse team and slated to play again this spring.
Turning its attention back to the game itself, Westhill got in early trouble against General Brown, falling behind 6-2 in the first half before a big push late in the half tied it, 6-6.
After an exchange of goals early in the second half, the Warriors grabbed a 12-9 lead in the latter stages and held on with some late stops from goalie Gretchen Krzykowski, who finished with seven saves.
Emily Mizer, with five goals, and Nicole Easterly, with four goals and one assist, accounted for most of the Warriors’ attack. Shelby Stack had a goal and two assists as Maggie Tripodi added one goal and one assist and Ryann Liable also scored. For the Lions, Bryanna Fazio had four goals, with Miah Rowland and Emily Amell each scoring three times.
Jordan-Elbridge, who also suffered a first-round Class C playoff defeat in 2012 (to LaFayette), began its season Thursday, hosting South Jefferson, and were in it all the way to the final minutes before taking a 12-11 loss to the Spartans.
All game long, it proved tight. The usual opening-game mistakes plagued both teams, so it was little surprise that J-E and South Jefferson went to halftime tied, 5-5.