A month may have brought changes in the Liverpool boys lacrosse team, but it certainly has changed things for the side it conquered to win the Section III Class A title a year ago.
West Genesee dominated Liverpool, 14-4, last Tuesday night at Wildcat Stadium in Camillus, easily gaining a measure of revenge after losing an 7-4 decision to the Warriors at LHS Stadium on April 4.
Liverpool coach Mike Felice tipped his cap to Messere's squad. "(The) bottom line is we got outworked and outplayed," Felice said. "(West Genesee) came to play. When you show up in a game like that not working hard, that's going to be the outcome."
WG never trailed, scoring the game's first two goals and leading 4-1 after the first quarter. The hosts started to pull away in the second quarter, taking a 7-2 edge to halftime. From there, it was quiet until WG poured it on in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Warriors, 6-1.
Justin Renk paced the Warriors with two goals. Kendall Keahey and Jamie Kuppel scored one goal apiece. Brady Hoose led a balanced Wildcats scoring attack, the senior attacker earning three goals and four assists. Ryan St. Croix matched Hoose with three goals. The hosts got two goals each from Zach Anderson and Dan Ginestro.
Also, WG got single markers from Garrett Waldron, Ted Glesener, and Mark Niechcial. Anderson and Tom Pritchard had two assists each. Wildcat goalie Matt Koziol made four saves. Liverpool netminder Dominick Madonna turned aside 10 shots.
Even with the loss, Felice said he wasn't concerned that his team is headed in the wrong direction.
“We're not worried about an outcome like this," Felice said. "We're not at rock bottom at all. It's just a little blip in the road."
Liverpool was back home Thursday night to face Rome Free Academy, and indeed showed no reason for panic, steadily pulling away for a 16-5 victory over the Black Knights.