Whether it wanted to or not, Cicero-North Syracuse’s boys lacrosse team found itself a spectator on a historic occasion.
When the Northstars lost, 14-7, to Baldwinsville last Thursday at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, it gave long-time Bees head coach Peter Fiorini his 400th career victory.
C-NS, who started the week holding the no. 15 spot in the state Class A rankings, played on event terms in 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 B’ville’s Steve 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.
Knowing that C-NS had done its best work all season in the second half, the Bees quickly answered after the Northstars cut the lead to 7-4 on Andrew Burns’ goal early in the third quarter.
In a span of barely more than two minutes, Sean Barron, Connor Chapman and Mitch Rein all found the net, and the margin doubled to 10-4. Though C-NS tried to make runs, it never got closer than four goals again.
C-NS got back into the win column on Saturday, fighting past Colonie (Section II) 15-12. Again tied 2-2 after one period, the Northstars this time took control by outscoring Colonie 5-1 in the second quarter.
From there, it turned into a shootout, C-NS able to answer everything Colonie threw at them. Zach Debottis and Tom Koster led the way, each getting four goals as Debottis added a pair of assists.
Andrew Burns and Nick Mirizio each scored twice. Tyler Griffo had a goal and two assists, while Erik Sauer and Ben Cummings also scored. Brad Williams contributed an assists.