At least the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team can take comfort in knowing that it was a lot more competitive in its second go-round with Class A opposition than it was the first time around.
Not only did the Lakers have to battle Fayetteville-Manlius last Monday night on the Hornets’ turf field, it also had to deal with heavy rain early and high winds in the late going, but still put up a spirited effort in a 9-7 defeat.
Quite unlike its March 29 opener with Baldwinsville, where it fell behind 10-0 in the first half on the way to a 14-6 defeat, Skaneateles got on the board first with Sam Duggan’s goal 5:06 into the game. But that would be the Lakers’ lone lead of the night.
F-M tied it, 1-1, later in the first quarter, and then used back-to-back goals from Erik Badger and Jack Wilson to move in front 3-1 early in the second period.
A lively exchange followed, as Skaneateles tried to catch up, but F-M answered each time. Thus, despite Duggan, Owen Kuhns and Jack Dawley converting, the Hornets still took a 6-4 lead to the break.
By far, the Lakers’ biggest problem was its inability to hang on to the ball. Turnovers, especially in man-up situations, proved quite costly as it went more than 20 minutes without a goal, including the entire third quarter.
Still, a stingy Skaneateles defense, anchored by goalie Kyle Oschner (who made 11 saves), made sure that F-M didn’t run away, so the margin was only 9-4 when Kuhns broke the long drought by getting a goal with 4:57 to play.
A minute later, Cullen McGlynn found the net, and the margin was down to three, 9-6, but the Lakers missed on chances to make it more interesting as McGlynn’s second goal with 18.8 seconds left proved too late.