In some way, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team’s crowded finish to its regular season – nine games crammed into a 16-day span – was perfect preparation for the post-season, since so many of those games were against high-quality opposition.
One of those games, in particular, held a key to whether the Bees would get a higher Section III Class A playoff seed, and that was last Tuesday’s lone regular-season encounter with Liverpool, where B’ville leaned on defense and timely scoring to beat the Warriors 9-6.
As always, the battle between these teams was intense and physical from the start. The Bees’ back line, led by Jaclyn Hingre, Laura Parker, Erin Nagle and Amanda Kline, kept Liverpool off the board for the first 13-plus minutes, and goalie Amanda Burrows made some nice point-blank stops.
Yet the Bees only had a 2-0 edge thanks to back-to-back goals from Sarah Klaben, and once Mallorie O’Brien put Liverpool on the board, the hosts fought back, forging a 4-4 halftime tie as O’Brien scored again following goals from Alexis Kline and Kasi Cabrey and Amari Pollard scored for the Bees.
The game had two turning points. Early in the second half, Liverpool held the ball for more than four minutes, but was unable to get the go-ahead goal.
Then, after an exchange of goals (including one from Abbey Foote) made it 5-5, B’ville went ahead for good on Kennedy Frink’s tally with 14:58 left. Four-plus minutes later, sophomore Majorie Dehm hit on the first of back-to-back goals, the latter of them coming when 8:24 left to give Dehm the hat trick and make it 8-5.
Though Kline cut the margin to 8-6 with 6:18 to play, Klaben answered a minute later with her third goal, and the Bees’ defense did the rest, Burrows running her total to nine saves and the team effectively running out the remaining clock.