Cold winds, cold temperatures and various forms of precipitation did not keep the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team from another impressive conquest.
The Lakers faced perennial Class A contender Baldwinsville Saturday morning at Cazenovia College’s Christakos Field, starting and finishing fast and delivering a 13-5 victory over the Bees.
B’ville came into the game with a 3-0 record, the same as Cazenovia, but it didn’t take long for the reigning state Class C champions to take over.
Ignoring the 10 a.m. start time, the Lakers woke up the Bees by roaring out to a 5-0 first-quarter lead, with P.J. Brown and Alex Hunt both scoring twice in the early barrage and Cole Willard adding a goal.
Just as quickly, though, B’ville settled down and, in the second quarter, managed to shut out Cazenovia, using long and patient possessions to earn four unanswered goals and cut the deficit to 5-4 going into halftime.
It took just a minute of play in the second half for Henry Mann to break that drought, but there wasn’t an immediate follow-up, as Hunt returned to score late in the period to make it 7-4. Still, it had time to regroup, since Cazenovia’s defense, led by Mike Nourse and Eli Mitchell, was taking away all of the Bees’ lanes and forcing turnovers.
And in the fourth quarter, the Lakers got away with a 6-1 flourish. Hunt, breaking out in a way that Willard did a week earlier in the March 28 opener against CBA, earned two more goals in that final period to give him five for the day, while Brown also scored twice to run his total to four. Mann and Willard added late goals, too.
The battle with B’ville came at the end of a stretch where Cazenovia won three times in four days on three separate fields.