Off a defeat to West Genesee on April 26, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team now faced an even more daunting examination – nine games in a span of 16 days, most of them against high-quality opponents.
It all started last Monday, at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, when reigning Class C champion Christian Brothers Academy came to town and, even after the early departure of its best player, went on to beat the Bees 13-8.
Moved up to Class B this spring, the Brothers embraced B’ville’s physical challenge, but fumed when, three minutes into the game, senior star Marisa Romeo went out when an arm injury after she fell to the turf taking a shot on net.
With Romeo out, the Bees concentrated its defenses on CBA’s other offensive standout, Taylor Poplawski, double-teaming her and holding her to one goal and one assist.
But the plan still backfired as other CBA players got open looks and converted them, leaving B’ville trailing 7-5 at halftime. And it pulled away in the second half by employing its own tough defense to frustrate the Bees and create turnovers that led to conversions on the other end.
Amari Pollard had two goals and one assist, with Marjorie Dehm getting a goal and three assists. Kennedy Frink scored and got two assists, with Taylor Gebhardt and Sarah Klaben also finding the net. Emily Ehle and Olivia Pitonzo led CBA with three goals apiece.
The crowded schedule meant that B’ville would get little chance to recuperate. Fortunately, when it played again 24 hours later, it was at Central Square, where the Bees could dictate the terms against the overmatched Red Hawks and cruise to a 12-2 victory.
During an 8-0 first half, the Bees rarely let Central Square have the ball, and it led to Frink putting up three goals and three assists and Klaben scoring four times. Pollard had two goals and one assist, with Stephanie Roberts stepping up, earning a goal and two assists. Gebhardt and Abbey Foote had one goal apiece and Nicole Damon contributed an assist.