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Girls Wildcats take first loss to CBA

WG plays amid sadness over passing of parent

— In the larger context, the fact that the West Genesee girls lacrosse team’s 7-6 defeat to Christian Brothers Academy Thursday night broke up a possible undefeated season just didn't matter all that much.

High emotions were in place as Wildcat players donned pink socks and fans wore pink in salute of Susan Wolfram, a Stonehedge Elementary School employee and parent to one of the Wildcats’ JV players, who was battling Stage 4 breast cancer.

Minutes before face-off, it was learned that Wolfram passed away. A moment of silence was held, and the Wildcats, battling their emotions, had to turn back its focus to the field and its long-awaited battle with CBA, the reigning Section III Class C champions moved up to the Class B ranks this spring.

Fired up for the challenge, CBA controlled possession time in the first half by winning draws and out-hustling the Wildcats for ground balls, yet still could not hold on to a 3-1 lead as goals by Riley Donahue and Vicki Graveline forged a 3-3 tie at the break.

Freshman Maddie Cook hit on back-to-back goals 1:18 apart early in the second half, putting the Brothers in front 5-3. Twice, the Wildcats would pull back within one, on goals by Taylor Collins and Cailyn Negus (both assisted by Hannah Elmer), and twice CBA would respond, getting goals from Marisa Romeo and Taylor Poplawski.

After Poplawski scored with 9:08 left to give CBA a 7-5 lead, it did not find the net again, and Alia Hildebrandt cut the margin to one barely a minute later.

That left CBA nearly eight minutes to hang on to a tiny margin. It did so with the same defense that had worked much of the night, one that relied on shutting down WG's trademark backdoor cuts before they could develop.

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