At least in the waning stages of the regular season, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls lacrosse teams were wed together by the common goal of trying to knock off Baldwinsville.
And it was the Northstars that proved successful, going to Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium last Friday night and prevailing 13-10 in a non-league contest, avenging a 10-9 defeat to the Bees just three weeks earlier.
Though it was a non-league game, C-NS (10-4) knew a win here could boost the team’s confidence right before the start of the Section III playoffs, especially since the two sides could meet again there.
A deep, well-balanced attack keyed everything for the Northstars, who led 7-5 at halftime and adjusted well to the natural-grass setting at Pelcher-Arcaro after so many turf contests.
C-NS held on with no single player even getting three goals. But five of them – Sarah Bowles, Hanna Haven, Meghan Duffy, Tiffany Ryan and Stephanie Liberati – scored twice as Bryar Cummings, Miriam Ghabarou and Courtney Kenny notched singles goals.
B’ville, by contrast, had just five players score, though it included four goals from Amari Pollard and three goals from Sarah Klaben.
It was the Warriors taking the first shot at the Bees last Tuesday night at LHS Stadium in their lone regular-season encounter, and while it was close throughout, Liverpool never gained the lead and went cold at the end of a 9-6 defeat.
Right from the start, Liverpool intended to dictate the tempo by possessing the ball for long stretches and causing frustration on the Bees’ part. However, it had to be done from behind after B’ville grabbed an early 3-1 lead.
Late in the first half, Alexis Kline, Kasi Cabrey and Mallorie O’Brien each landed goals, and helped Liverpool forge a 4-4 tie at the break. Once it won the second-half draw, the Warriors held the ball for more than four minutes, but did not score, squandering its best chance to move out in front.