As it turned out, that effort was far from a fluke, because Oswego got even closer to F-M, nearly catching up at the end of regulation before the Hornets held on to prevail by a 10-9 margin.
They were tied, 2-2, through one quarter, but F-M appeared to grab control by gaining a 7-4 lead by halftime. The Bucs slowed the game down, though, and ate into that Hornets lead throughout a tense second half, getting within one but not quite forcing overtime.
Wilson, with two goals and four assists, anchored F-M’s attack. Oliver scored three times, with Cote and Green each getting two goals. Leuze gained three assists as Krizman added one goal and one assist. Each of Brian Charlamb’s nine saves proved important as Brandon Tracz (three goals) and Mitch Schrader (two goals, two assists) led the Bucs’ efforts.
Perhaps those games took a cumulative toll, for when the Hornets met LaFayette in a non-league showdown on Saturday afternoon, it stumbled and took a 7-6 defeat to the Lancers, ending its win streak at six games.
Long a traditional lacrosse power, LaFayette only carried a 5-5 record into the game, yet slowed the game’s tempo throughout the first half and kept it tied, 2-2, giving itself a belief that it could win. Then the Lancers inched in front, 4-3, by the end of the third quarter and answered every time F-M wanted to go in front in the latter stages.
Other than Wilson, who had three goals and two assists, the Hornets’ attack was quiet. Cote, Green and Leuze managed single goals, with Krizman and Oliver held to one assist apiece. Six different LaFayette players scored goals, with only David Turner finding the net twice.
Now with a 7-3 overall record, F-M faced another big test Tuesday night when it hosted 7-3 Auburn, two nights before a visit to Syracuse East.