Having moved past the most difficult and crowded portion of its regular-season schedule, it was time for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team to relax a bit – if the definition of relaxation meant challenging itself in a trip to Maryland.
In all, the state Class A no. 3-ranked Northstars played twice during its school-break trip, starting last Wednesday with a hard-fought 16-14 victory over Maryvale Prep.
A fast-paced, back-and-forth first half saw C-NS hang in there and force a 7-7 tie. Neither side let up, either, but the Northstars’ ability to win more draws eventually translated into a modest lead that it was able to protect.
Meghan Duffy, with five goals and one assist, led the charge, with Hanna Haven and Samantha Tortora each scoring three times. Haven added a pair of assists, as did Tiffany Ryan, who joined Courtney Kenny in the two-goal column. Jenna Lippert had the other goals as Bri Stahr made seven saves in the net.
Two days later, C-NS faced Garrison Forest, another Maryland foe. Again it was close – and again the Northstars won, by a 12-11 margin, inching out to a 7-6 halftime lead and then answering each of Garrison’s charges during a tense second half.
Ryan had another one of her big performances, scoring five goals and adding an assist. Haven and Duffy both had two goals and one assist, with Tortora getting one goal and one assist. Megan Caveny and Miriam Ghabarou got the other goals.
Before all that, he Northstars certainly had fun in last Monday’s game against Rome Free Academy, roaring out to a 13-2 halftime lead and breezing past the Black Knights by a final 21-4 margin.
No less than 12 C-NS players got at least one goal, with Meghan Duffy leading the way as she found the net five times and added an assist, with Morgan Silfer and Bryar Cummings each stepping up by earning three-goal hat tricks.