Westhill would get its shot at Skaneateles on Thursday night, but met with the same frustrations as Marcellus in a 13-2 defeat to the Lakers. Not once in the first half did the Warriors get on the board, falling behind 9-0 before earning first goal nearly four minutes into the second half.
Lydia Gosson and Liz McAnaney had the goals, with Esther Clifford and Morgan Hayes combining for 10 saves in goal. Sears (three goals, two assists), Wood (three goals) and Nicole Beatson (two goals, two assists) led the Lakers along.
Before that, Westhill put together an impressive all-around effort against Cazenovia, beating those other Lakers 10-7. From a 1-1 tie, Westhill seized control midway through the first half with three unanswered goals, keeping the Lakers off the board until late in the half.
That margin grew to 9-3 early in the second half before Westhill went cold, allowing Cazenovia to cut that lead in half. Again, though, the Warriors’ defense settled down and mostly contained the Lakers the rest of the way.
Amid a well-balanced attack, Haleigh Farrell, Natalie Jetter and Liz McAnaney each scored twice. Shelby Stack and Tatiana Monds both picked up one goal and one assist, while Sophia Dower had the other goal. Cazenovia got two goals apiece from Grace Milmoe and Sarah Willard.
Following its loss to Skaneateles, Marcellus met Jordan-Elbridge Thursday night and quickly got back into winning form, defeating the Eagles 16-7.
This was J-E’s season opener, and at the outset its attack was effective. The only problem was that it couldn’t keep the Mustangs off the board, and would trail 9-5 at the half before Marcellus wore the Eagles down in the latter stages.
Nolan finished with 10 points, stemming from five goals and five assists. Her passes often went to Burrows and Maddie Conklin, who finished with four goals apiece. Cerrone, Rao and Keelin Kelly had the other goals. On J-E’s side, Marissa Malvaso led the way, scoring three times, while Gabby Thorpe got a pair of goals.