A 1-2 start is not what the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team is accustomed to, and early this week it had a chance to quickly put defeats to Cicero-North Syracuse and West Genesee aside and find its winning form again.
In Monday night’s non-league game against Skaneateles (made up from a snow postponement two days earlier), the Hornets mostly counted on its defense to do the hard work and preserve a 9-7 victory over the Lakers.
Skaneateles arrived with a 2-1 record and fresh off a big April 4 win over LaFayette, and got the game’s first goal from Colin Pfohl midway through the opening period. But F-M allowed nothing more in the period and tied it, 1-1, on Colton’s Oliver goal.
F-M took the lead for good when Erik Badger and Jack Wilson hit on back-to-back goals early in the second quarter, and a lively exchange followed the rest of the half, Skaneateles not letting the Hornets getting away, but not catching up, either.
In fact, after Jack Dawley scored with 1:21 left in the half to cut F-M’s lead to 6-4, the Hornets did not allow another goal until late in the fourth quarter – a span of more than 20 minutes.
Jake Pulver, Matt Stegemann, Gabe Niels and the rest of F-M’s back line put on intense man-to-man pressure, forcing Skaneateles into a series of turnovers, even in man-down situations. And goalie Brian Charlamb was superb, recording 13 saves, many of them point-blank efforts.
Wilson netted his third goal 28 seconds into the third quarter, and Luke Krizman, who assisted on that play, scored himself to make it 8-4 going to the final period. John Cote’s lone goal, with 9:21 left, gave F-M a 9-4 cushion.
And that cushion was needed. Owen Kuhns broke the Laker dry spell with 4:56 left, and Cullen McGlynn cut the margin to 9-6 a minute later. Try as it could, though, Skaneateles could not really cause stress at the end, as McGlynn’s second goal with 18.8 seconds left proved too late.