Within hours of each other last Tuesday night, the Marcellus and Westhill girls lacrosse team, playing important early-season contests, met with wildly varying degrees of success.
The Mustangs, in a rematch of last May’s Section III Class C final, was overwhelmed in an 18-8 defeat to Skaneateles, while the Warriors played superb defense and used that as the foundation to beat visiting Cazenovia 10-7.
While Marcellus has plenty of talented players back from 2013, Skaneateles returns close to everyone that was important to the Lakers’ push to the state Class C title game a season ago, and it is strong in every phase of the game.
The Mustangs did grab an early 2-1 lead on Skaneateles on goals from Ally Burrows and Grace Hunt just 43 seconds apart. After that, though, it was all Lakers.
Molly Wood and Alana Navaroli controlled the draw circle, giving Skaneateles a series of possessions, and it took full advantage, pouring in six unanswered goals in a span of slightly more than three minutes. Two of those goals, by Wood and Navaroli, were nine seconds apart.
Though the Lakers slowed down for a while, it closed the first half with another decisive rush. Back-to-back goals from Wood, along with goals from Navaroli and Sears just before the horn, stretched out the Skaneateles lead to 12-3 by halftime.
Not letting up, Skaneateles made it 18-4 at one point late in the second half before the Lakers pulled much of its starting lineup, allowing for the Mustangs to make a late surge.
Burrows finished with three goals, while Hunt and Audrey Cerrone each scored twice and Genna Rao added a late goal. For Skaneateles, Powers finished with four goals as Sears, Wood and Navaroli each got three goals. These two sides meet again May 7 at Hyatt Stadium.