Twice in the span of a week, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team had to encounter two key opponents from its 2013 run to the state Class A championship game, and could not win on either occasion.
First, the Bees met Cicero-North Syracuse, the side it beat for the Section III title at the Carrier Dome. In a game moved to Onondaga Community College’s turf due to wet field conditions at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, B’ville took a 13-6 defeat to the Northstars.
The Bees made it clear, from the outset, that it wasn't in the mood to play at a fast tempo against a Northstars team that had piled up 40 goals in easy wins over Auburn and Oswego to open the season
And that plan worked - on everyone except C-NS senior Tiffany Ryan.
The Binghamton University-bound senior began her first-half surge by scoring 4:24 into the game. Ryan scored again a minute later, and a minute after that a third goal followed, so Ryan had a hat trick, and C-NS owned a 3-0 lead and the game wasn't even seven minutes old.
B'ville would quickly respond with goals from Andrea Walker and Marjorie Dehm to move within one, 3-2. From there, though, it did not score the rest of the half as C-NS defenders Mary Kate Bonani, Stephanie Liberati, Lexxi Knoblock and Katie Uva put up a strong resistance and goalie Bri Stahrr made some big stops.
Ryan notched her fourth goal to break a drought of nearly 10 minutes, and after Liberati converted, Ryan returned to score for the fifth time with just 37 seconds left in the half.
Up 6-2 at the break, C-NS extended that margin when Christie Hahn scored 2:58 into the second half, but B'ville wasn't done, putting together three straight goals, two of them from Stephanie Roberts, that made it 7-5 and forced the Northstars to use a time-out.