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Westhill lax wins twice, remains unbeaten

Marcellus, Jordan-Elbridge both take defeats

Off to hot starts, the Westhill and Marcellus boys lacrosse teams did not want to lose any of its momentum before the harder part of its schedules.

With a showdown against state Class C no. 1-ranked Cazenovia looming, the Warriors, who were no. 8 in the first state Class C poll of the spring, saw last Tuesday’s game with Tully postponed, while the Mustangs had its game with Onondaga also pushed back to a later date.

Westhill made up the game with Tully on Thursday afternoon, mostly leaning on its defense as it turned back the Black Knights 8-2 and claim its sixth win in a row.

Tully didn’t get on the board until the fourth quarter, by which time Westhill already owned a 7-0 lead largely built on earning six unanswered goals in the first half. Between them, goalies Jack Sweeney and Nick Keyes nearly got the shutout, earning 11 total saves.

Richie Easterly scored twice and added three assists. His passes went to, among others, Casey Rogers and Ryan Zimmerman, who both managed a pair of goals. Mark Purcell and Joe Rainone had the other goals as Andrew French added an assist.

Less than 24 hours later, Westhill again prevailed, 10-4, over South Jefferson, a game that saw the Warriors trail the Spartans, 3-2, after one period, and though it went in front 4-3 by halftime, nothing felt safe until it scored five unanswered goals in the final period to get away and get a seventh consecutive victory.

Zimmerman, with two goals and two assists, led a well-balanced attack where Rogers, Centore and Purcell each found the net twice. Easterly added one goal and one assist, while Chris Marnell also found the net. Nick Keyes, playing in goal, made five saves.

Jordan-Elbridge had started 2-0, but then ran into Christian Brothers Academy last Monday afternoon and took an 18-10 defeat to the Brothers.

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