Still at home Thursday night, B’ville met Auburn, and played a superb first half, which proved valuable as the Maroons fought back late, but still lost 15-10 to the Bees.
This third game in four nights saw the Bees push the tempo early, leading to a series of scoring chances that were converted and producing an 8-2 cushion going to the break.
The warm night took a toll on B’ville’s defense, though, as Auburn, behind Christina Luziani (four goals), Gabbie Charles (three goals) and Sarah Fuller (two goals, four assists), found success in the latter stages against Nicole Burrows, who still managed 11 saves.
B’ville answered each charge, though, anchored by Frink, who had five assists to go with her pair of goals, often feeding it to Klaben and Pollard, who earned four goals apiece. Dehm added three goals for a hat trick as Gebhardt contributed two goals and two assists.
This led to Saturday night’s non-league game at Fayetteville-Manlius, the first of two meetings in the span of 10 days against the Hornets, who were coming off a 15-12 overtime defeat to Cicero-North Syracuse.
And it was the Bees claiming the first one, 11-6, handling the work in two parts. During a low-scoring first half, B’ville stayed patient and clamped down on the defensive side, leading to a 4-2 edge, and when the tempo picked up in the latter stages, the Bees had ample production to get away.
Dehm, with four goals, and Gebhardt, with three goals and one assist, led the charge. Frink produced two goals and one assist, while Pollard had one goal and one assist and Foote also found the net. Burrows managed eight saves.
B’ville was back at it again on Monday, facing Fairport (a make-up from an April 11 weather postponement) and, a day later, going to Liverpool before a Friday visit from Cicero-North Syracuse.