May 05, 2014 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Though some key regular-season contests still remained, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team spent last week’s action easily casting aside a pair of opponents.
Back from its pair of hard-earned victories in Maryland, the state Class A no. 4-ranked Northstars toyed with Central Square last Monday night at Bragman Stadium, prevailing over the Red Hawks by a score of 21-2.
Sprinting out to a 15-1 halftime lead, C-NS saw 12 different players earn goals, with Mallory Eymer leading the way as she scored four times. Courtney Kenny added three goals.
Meghan Duffy had five assists to go with her lone goal, with Samantha Tortora adding four assists. Tiffany Ryan, Jenna Lippert, Lexxi Knoblock and Kalli Revelle each scored twice. Bryar Cummings had a goal and two assists. Miriam Ghabarou, Megan Caveny, Caitlyn Morris and Christie Hahn also scored goals.
Playing through the rain against visiting Auburn two nights later, it took a while for the Northstars to get going, but it put together an 11-2 second half and turned a so-so effort into an 18-5 romp over the Maroons.
Ryan, with her five assists, fed passes to, among others, Duffy, who amassed five goals and two assists, and Hanna Haven, who roared back to form with four goals and two assists. Kenny managed a three-goal hat trick, with Cummings getting two goals and one assist. Ghabarou and Eymer each had one goal and one assist, with Tortora and Caveny also scoring.
Liverpool, moving closer to clinching a post-season berth, turned back Auburn 13-8 last Monday night at LHS Stadium, building most of its margin by doubling up on the Maroons 8-4 in the first half.
Jen Kershner’s strong season continued as she picked up five goals and one assist. Julia Sardella had a three-goal hat trick, with Natalie Parkins and Taylor Fahey each scoring twice. Kasi Cabrey had the other goal and Rachel Kline contributed an assist. Maggie Ryan led Auburn with three goals.
A non-league game at Class B contender East Syracuse-Minoa followed on Thursday night, and big performances by Cabrey and goalie Megan Evangelista helped push the Warriors to an impressive 10-4 victory over the Spartans.
In a 27-second span early in the first half, Cabrey got Liverpool on the board and assisted on Cassidy Hall’s goal. Then she added two more goals late in the half, plus a second assist, and the Warriors were up 5-1 at the break.
ESM had as many chances as the Warriors, but time and again Evangelista made superb stops at the net, earning most of her seven saves in that first half. Then she got to relax as the Warriors pulled away in the latter stages, Cabrey getting a fourth goal and Maggie Tassone scoring twice as Sardella and Kline also found the net.
Carrying that momentum over into Saturday’s game against Oswego, the Warriors (6-7) inched closer to a playoff berth, beating the Buccaneers 14-9.
Here, Liverpool’s defense had a more difficult time, but a steady, productive attack allowed the hosts to go to the break with a 7-6 lead. Then the back line settled down, Evangelista working her way to seven saves as the margin grew down the stretch.
When the Bucs’ defense ganged up on Cabrey, she simply passed to open teammate, leading to a career-best six assists. Often, those passes went to Kershner and Hall, who led the way with three goals apiece. Kline, Parkins, Sardella, Farrah Ziaie and Sierra DiPietro had one goal apiece.
To get to the playoffs, though, Liverpool would have to spring a surprise, given that it would face Baldwinsville and West Gensee this week. C-NS also gets to play B’ville, on Thursday night at Bragman Stadium, right after its own game with Oswego on Tuesday.