Marcellus, Westhill notch big lacrosse wins

Mustangs stop Skaneateles; Warriors top Caz in OT

Three nights after squaring off with each other, the Marcellus and Westhill boys lacrosse teams were charged with separate assignments against state-ranked Laker opponents on Friday - and both would succeed.

The Mustangs, on its home turf, earned a satisfying 13-9 victory over Skanetaeles, while the Warriors, completing one of the best weeks in program history, went to Cazenovia and prevailed 8-7 in overtime.

Since Marcellus had lost to Westhill 13-9 on Tuesday night, there was a bit more urgency to its contest, especially with Skaneateles in town. For a long time, the Lakers had claimed ownership of this simmering neighborhood rivalry, and the Mustangs badly wanted to reverse this course.

And that urgency was evident from the opening face-off. Marcellus won draws, attacked with a purpose and left the Skaneateles defense dazed.

When the horn sounded at the end of the first quarter, the Mustangs had a 6-1 lead, and the rest of the game turned into a chase, Skaneateles making occasional moves, but Marcellus answering all of them.

That margin held throughout the middle stages, as Marcellus took a 9-4 lead to halftime and then slowed things down in the third quarter, keeping the ball for long periods of time to make sure that Skaneateles couldn't put any kind of run together.

As it put the game away late, the Mustangs could point to Mike McNaney as the main offensive catalyst, McNaney finishing with six goals, nearly half his team's output.

Kevin Hutchings, with four assists, and Tom McNaney, with three assists, set up many of the Mustangs' scoring plays, with Ross Filtch and Morgan Reilly joining Tom McNaney as they each scored twice. Harrison Cox had the other goal and Rich Ghezzi contributed an assist.

During the futile Skaneateles chase, Alex Brownlee put together four goals, but no other Laker scored more than once, a tribute to a solid, consistent Mustang defense and the work in goal by Jake Lilly, who turned back 16 of 25 shots.

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