As it zoomed the halfway point of the regular season, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team’s early-April struggles resurfaced as it survived two difficult tests, but then stumbled at week’s end.
The Hornets won its fifth game in a row last Tuesday afternoon and – and prevented some history from taking place on its home turf as it held off Baldwinsville in a 17-14 thriller.
Not only were the Bees highly motivated to cool F-M down with a signature win, it was also trying to get its long-time head coach, Peter Fiorini (who is retiring at season’s end), his 400th career win, this following a come-from-behind, 11-10 overtime victory over Corcoran on April 19.
F-M was in no mood to provide that celebration, though, attacking at will against the Bees’ defense and bolting to a 6-3 lead by the end of the first quarter. It preserved that margin the rest of the half and went to the break in front, 9-6.
Again strong in the third period, the Hornets’ lead grew to 13-8, but it wasn’t over. Through a wild fourth quarter, B’ville did everything possible to catch up, but again saw its defense give up too much in order to make up all the ground.
John Cote poured in five goals, adding two assists as part of a three-pronged attack where Jack Wilson and Casey Green each got four goals and two assists.
To help out, Luke Krizman and Alex Leuze each gained a goal and two assists, while Colton Oliver and Andy Cummings had matching totals of one goal and one assist.
B’ville’s Mitch Rein led both sides with a career-best six goals, plus an assist. But only one other Bees player, Steve Petrelli, scored three times as Cody Luke got two goals.
Two days later (when Fiorini did get that 400th win as B’ville handled Cicero-North Syracuse 14-7), the Hornets went to Oswego, facing a Buccaneers team that, on Tuesday, had put a scare into West Genesee before taking a 6-3 defeat.