Marcellus Someone new, and someone familiar, had a large part in giving the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team a successful launch to the 2013 season.
Max Smith, taking over in goal, had a superb first half to keep his team close, and then Alex Brownlee took over on the offensive end in the second half to push the Lakers past Baldwinsville 7-5 Thursday in the Finger Lakes Classic at Marcellus High School.
Deciding he did not want to be in the net anymore, Ryan Higman switched positions, leaving the goalie spot he occupied last season to start on the attack. That created an opening for Smith, a junior who stepped into the pivotal spot anchoring the Lakers' defense.
They would all face a real challenge on a cold, windy Thursday against Baldwinsville, an annual Class A contender with enough firepower to make a title run this spring.
All through the first quarter, the Lakers found itself defending its own end against the Bees, who seized a 2-0 lead on goals by Steve Petrelli and Zach Bulak 22 seconds apart.
Jack Fabrizio, part of an experienced trio of Skaneateles midfielders, got his team's first goal, and with the Laker trailing 3-1 in the waning seconds of the period, Tyler Strods found the net off a Bees turnover and cut the margin back to one.
Much of the second quarter was a stalemate. Again, the Bees pushed hard, but on shot after shot Smith turned them away, not stopping until he had 10 saves overall for the first half. That, by itself, helped the Lakers go to the break with just a 4-3 deficit.
Frustrated, the Bees started committing a series of penalties in the third quarter. Skaneateles, at first, did not take advantage of these man-up situations, turning the ball over in the style of a team still working through the kinks of a season opener.