A 4-0 start that included high-quality wins over Fayetteville-Manlius and Liverpool may have lured the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team into thinking that it was firmly established among the top Section III Class A sides.
If so, that feeling dissipated a bit during last Tuesday’s visit to Corcoran. Trailing most of the way, the Northstars made its customary second-half rally, but this time could not finish it off as it took an 8-7 defeat to the Cougars.
Sporting its own 3-1 record (its lone loss came to Baldwinsville), Corcoran played a strong, steady first half, moving out in front and leaning on a patient attack, plus a stifling defense, to frustrate C-NS as it grabbed a 6-3 halftime lead.
Accustomed to falling behind, C-NS, whose had come back in both the F-M and Liverpool games, did so again in the third quarter of this game, using three consecutive goals to forge a 6-6 tie.
Corcoran went back in front, 7-6, just before the fourth quarter, and then tried to hang on, but C-NS again pulled even, 7-7, and set the stage for a dramatic.
With less than 30 seconds left, the Cougars had the ball and, after a time-out, saw Justin Harlow, who had not scored all night, rush to the net and fire a shot past Northstars goalie Bryan Schenk, which proved to be the game-winner.
Andrew Burns led C-NS, scoring twice and adding a pair of assists. Tyler Griffo and Nick Mirizio both had two goals and one assist, with Zach Debottis adding a goal and two assists. Schenk made nine saves as Sean Eccles and Mitch Laffin led Corcoran with three goals apiece and Eccles added a pair of assists.
Needing to recover quickly, the Northstars came home to Bragman Stadium to face Oswego two nights later, and while it was far from a smooth effort, C-NS did beat the Buccaneers 15-9.