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Rally sends lacrosse Northstars past Liverpool

C-NS takes over in fourth quarter against tiring Warriors

Liverpool midfielder Kendall Keahey (12) finds himself fronted by Cicero-North Syracuse defender Joe Bianchi (11), with teammates Sean Fay (16) and goalie Bryan Schenk behind him, in last Thursday’s game, where the Northstars rallied to beat the Warriors 11-7.

Liverpool midfielder Kendall Keahey (12) finds himself fronted by Cicero-North Syracuse defender Joe Bianchi (11), with teammates Sean Fay (16) and goalie Bryan Schenk behind him, in last Thursday’s game, where the Northstars rallied to beat the Warriors 11-7. Hal Henty

— From last season's side that made it to the Section III Class A semifinals, head coach Mike Felice and his Liverpool boys lacrosse team lost eight senior starters. On this year’s roster, there are only two seniors and 18 total players.

Yet for 24 minutes Thursday night at LHS Stadium, the Warriors threw all it had at undefeated Cicero-North Syracuse, and led the Northstars for most of the first half and a large portion of the third quarter.

But fatigue set in for Liverpool, and C-NS rallied to score seven unanswered goals in the second half and five in the fourth quarter to cruise to an 11-7 victory over the Warriors.

“Our intensity in the first half was outstanding (and) we came ready to play,” Felice said. “C-NS matched it. They’re a solid team and they came out ready to play in the second half, and it showed. We didn’t have an answer.”

After Liverpool’s 16-0 loss to West Genesee Tuesday night, Felice said his team watched a lot of film of the game, learned from its mistakes, and followed it up with the team’s best practice of the year.

“They took it personally when they lost that bad and they wanted to get better,” Felice said. “And they did a phenomenal job.”

C-NS jumped out to a 2-1 first-quarter lead, but goals by Antonio Rey and Nick Calabrese put Liverpool out in front, 3-2 going into the second.

C-NS responded early in the second off a Nick Riccardi goal, but Dominick Castiglia responded 20 seconds later to keep the Warriors ahead.

After goals from Dillon Rogers (for Liverpool) and Riccardi (for the Northstars), the Warriors had possession with the clock winding down in the first half. With 2.2 seconds left, Kendall Keahey ripped a shot 20 yards from the goal that found the back of the net to give the Warriors a 6-4 margin going into the half.

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