Baldwinsville Given all the tough contests he has witnessed up close in his long tenure as Baldwinsville’s boys lacrosse coach, it only figured that Peter Fiorini would have to sweat and wait for win number 400 to get on the ledger.
But that wait would end on a cold, clear Thursday afternoon at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, where the Bees, with a big mid-game outburst led by Steve Petrelli, rolled past Cicero-North Syracuse 14-7 to push Fiorini to that milestone.
“I’m very glad it’s out of the way,” said Fiorini. “It (400 wins) is just a number, but it’s a great group of kids to have it with. It’s nice that I’ve stuck around that long.”
For a long while, said Fiorini, he had not paid much attention to reaching 400 wins, but even as he basked in that honor, he downplayed the significance.
“I never thought about it much,” he said. “My job, as a coach, is to have kids become better lacrosse players and better people. And we’ve got to do so much more to do in order to be a good team (this year).
Fiorini, who is stepping down at the end of this season, had seen B’ville try to gain that 400th win two days earlier, at Fayetteville-Manlius,but came up just short in a 17-14 defeat to the Hornets.
Back home, the challenge came from C-NS, who started the week holding the no. 15 spot in the state Class A rankings. And through the first quarter, neither side could take control, playing to a 2-2 deadlock.
But it started to turn early in the second period, when Petrelli and Cody Luke hit on goals just 32 seconds apart, the first of three big outbursts that established the winning margin.
Later in that period, Connor Chapman’s goal ignited a 90-second stretch where Petrelli would twice flash open and use hard, precise shots to earn his third and fourth goals. All of this helped B’ville take a 7-3 lead to halftime.