Two of the oldest boys lacrosse programs in Central New York gathered on Saturday when Fayetteville-Manlius took on LaFayette, who had just picked up its 700th win earlier in the week.
The Lancers more than proved its worth by scoring the most goals anyone has against the Hornets this spring, but much of that production came in the late going, and F-M did enough early to hang on and prevail by a 14-11 margin.
This was part of a special day at F-M where all of the boys and girls lacrosse teams worked together for a “Sting Out Cancer” event, raising money for Golisano Children’s Hospital and the “More Than A Game” Foundation.
The boys Hornets wore special black socks for the day, with the F-M girls donning pink socks, and everyone had lavender T-shirts that were sold as part of the fund-raising effort.
As the featured attraction, F-M and LaFayette provided lots of fast-paced entertainment. The Hornets worked its way to a 4-2 first-quarter lead, but the Lancers didn’t go away, matching goals the rest of the half and only trailing 7-5 at the break.
Determined to put the game away and stay undefeated, F-M ran over LaFayette in the third quarter, outscoring them 6-2 to provide a cushion against the Lancers’ late push.
Kevin Lux dished out six assists to go with his pair of goals, often finding Clay Arnold, who scored five times. Jack Wilson chimed in with four goals and three assists, while Dan Cahill, Alex Leuze and Luke Krizman also found the net. Ryan DaRin and Tom LoSecco added assists.
On LaFayette’s side, Matt Bennett managed three goals, while Nate Beresovoy and Eric Liddy each got two goals and three assists. F-M goalie Brian Bedell recorded 10 saves.
Prior to that, the Hornets, who had risen to no. 3 in the latest state Class A rankings, had little trouble keeping itself undefeated, romping past Syracuse East 16-0 and Watertown IHC 18-2.