Even with all that it accomplished a season ago – especially ending West Genesee’s six-year Section III Class A championship reign – the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team did not get the ending it wanted.
The Northstars’ defeat to Baldwinsville in the ensuing sectional final after the conquest of the Wildcats meant that, in 2014, the only aim would be to go all the way to the top.
C-NS saw its March 26 season opener with Marcellus postponed. Exactly one week later, the Northstars did play, against Auburn, and did whatever it wanted in the course of a 22-0 shutout of the Maroons.
Out to a 12-0 halftime lead by halftime, C-NS maintained that pace despite a running clock the rest of the way as Tiffany Ryan, with five goals and one assist, and Meghan Duffy, with three goals and three assists, led the way.
Samantha Tortora, fresh off leading the C-NS girls basketball team to the state Class AA title game, had three goals and one assist. Hanna Haven, Courtney Kenny and Mallory Eymer each scored twice.
Miriam Ghabarou and Megan Caveny both finished with one goal and one assist. Caitlyn Morris, Stephanie Liberati and Morgan Silfer found the net, too, as Jenna Lippert and Christie Hahn got single assists.
Two nights later, C-NS did a similar number on Oswego, smashing the Buccaneers 18-4 as it got close to matching its Auburn effort with a 12-1 first half, although things slowed up a bit from there.
Ryan got to double digits in points thanks to eight goals and two assists. Duffy wasn’t far behind, getting five goals and three assists, while Kenny scored three times. Haven and Lippert had the other goals as Tortora got two assists. Morris and Christie Hahn got one assist apiece.
Liverpool, on the other hand, still had plenty of things to prove as it hosted defending Class A champion Baldwinsville last Friday night, but found itself shut down much of the way in an 8-2 defeat to the Bees.