Competition at the top of the OHSL Liberty division in boys lacrosse is bound to be fierce, as Marcellus quickly found out.
Fresh off its tough season-opening win over Auburn on March 29, the Mustangs hosted LaFayette last Tuesday afternoon, and it proved a close, tense contest, but Marcellus fell to the Lancers 11-9.
The whole game went back and forth. Marcellus and LaFayette traded runs until the Lancers notched five goals in the third quarter to take the lead for good.
On the Mustangs’ side, Kevin Hutchings and Harrison Cox both managed to score three times, but the rest of the team struggled to find much offense as Ross Filtch and Rich Ghezzi were held to one goal apiece. Jake Lilly, in goal, recorded 12 saves.
LaFayette, who had beaten Cortland in overtime in its March 30 opener, was led by Matt Bennett and Eric Liddy, each of whom had two goals and three assists, and Nick Geswaldo, who had three goals and one assist. Devon Buckshot added two goals plus a series of face-off wins that helped the Lancers maintain possession for long stretches of the second half.
Westhill would play LaFayette in its first big game of the season on Tuesday night. Before that, though, it romped through last Wednesday’s game with Clinton, handling those other Warriors by a 20-3 margin. An 8-0 first-quarter spurt set the tone, Westhill camping out in Clinton’s end throughout the early stages and not letting up until it had a 15-1 halftime edge.
Andrew French and Casey Rogers each got three goals, with Ryan Zimmerman adding two goals and two assists. Dan Hodgens also scored twice as Jack Centore got a goal and three assists. Kyle Magdzuik, Matt McAnaney and Mark Purcell all finished with one goal and one assist. Joe Rainone earned the other goal.