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WG girls lacrosse takes pair of classics

Wildcats rout CBA, rally past Garden City in OT

— The overwhelming sense of frustration and bitter disappointment felt by the West Genesee girls lacrosse team was familiar – and unwelcome.

True, the Wildcats’ controversial 6-5 overtime defeat to Skaneateles on April 19, when Marissa Hudgins’ possible game-winner in the final seconds of regulation was disallowed due to an illegal stick, did not count in the standings, nor did it affect the team’s eventual no. 2 placement in the first state Class A rankings of the season.

But it still proved a stark reminder of what could happen to WG if the pace slowed down and it ran into a strong defensive foe, as what happened a season ago in that bitter Section III Class A semifinal defeat to Cicero-North Syracuse.

With all that as a backdrop, the Wildcats hosted its annual tournament a weekend later, drawing a stellar field that included reigning state Class B champion CBA and Long Island power Garden City, winner of more girls lacrosse state titles (13) than any other school.

The event also served as a celebration of the 20-year anniversary of WG’s girls lacrosse program, with players from that original 1994 team on hand for a halftime celebration during Saturday’s game against Garden City.

Originally, this was a four-team tournament, but Westwood, a visiting school from Massachusetts, had to pull out due to a death in the family of one of the team members.

As a result, there was just two games, both involving the Wildcats, starting with Friday’s showdown with CBA, a team it lost to a year ago as the Brothers eventually earned the state Class B title.

Many stars, like Taylor Poplawski and Marisa Romeo, are gone from that team, and WG eventually proved too much for the current CBA crew, pulling away late to beat the Brothers 11-2.

Grace Osterdale got it started with a goal at the five-minute mark, and WG led 3-0, with only the strong work of CBA’s defense keeping it from an early runaway.

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