For the most part, Cazenovia’s defense handled the increased Skaneateles pressure quite well, nearly pitching a shutout before Molly Wood’s goal with 4:03 left made things nervous. Still, Cazenovia held on for what was, clearly, its biggest win of the season so far.
With no time to rest or celebrate, the Lakers went back to the road Saturday night for a visit to defending Class B champion Marcellus, who held the top spot in the initial state Class B rankings even though it lost to Skaneateles 1-0 on Sept. 24.
But asking for two major upsets in a row proved too much as the Lakers, like so many previous opponents, could not stop all of the Mustangs’ charges in a 4-0 defeat.
Cazenovia fended off Marcellus until midway through the first half, when Madison Belvito beat Joseph to put her side up 1-0. Then Shannon Donahue sent a long shot into the net, putting the Lakers in a 2-0 halftime deficit.
Try as it could, the Lakers could not get Burbidge or anyone else on its front line any open space against a tough Marcellus defense, and in the second half the deficit doubled as Jordin Wentworth and Abby Fallon both found the net for the Mustangs.
Before all this, the Lakers treated last Tuesday’s game at Phoenix as a tune-up, and Audrey Burbidge turned it into a personal showcase as Cazenovia got to double digits on the board in a 10-0 romp over the Firebirds.
Up 6-0 by halftime, Cazenovia didn’t stop until Burbidge had picked up a career-best total of six points, from four goals and two assists. Eighth-grader Casey Crawford scored twice, adding an assist, while Bigsby, Abbie McEntee and Grace Milmoe and Lizzy Bigsby also scored. Mapstone, Keeley Race and Isabella Quattrone earned assists.
Still with an 8-3 record, Cazenovia returns to the Sean Googin Sports Complex Monday to face Manlius-Pebble Hill, starting a week-long homestand that includes visits Thursday from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown and Saturday from Camden.