continued To its credit, B'ville slowed things down and blanked WG for more than 13 minutes, yet only closed the gap to 6-2. And when Hudgins scored twice in the last 22 seconds of the half, including one off a great feed from Donahue that was converted right at the horn, the Wildcats led 9-2.
Little that the Bees tried would work in the face of WG's relentless all-around effort. Cailyn Negus, Taylor Collins, Sinead Guy and Mackenzie Baker each got second-half goals, while the defense, anchored by Liz Bova, Mia DiBello, Madison Pritchard and Courtney Shoults, shut down most of B'ville's charges.
Elmer, with three goals and three assists, paced the attack as Hudgins also had a three-goal hat trick. Baker, Donahue and Osterdale each had two goals. Goalies Katherine Widrick and Jazmin Bello combined for six saves.
Another key rivalry was renewed Thursday night when WG visited Fayetteville-Manlius, but the result was the same as the Wildcats eased past the Hornets 15-6.
Pressure on both ends helped create a string of scoring opportunities, and WG took advantage of most of them, steadily gaining an 8-2 lead by halftime. From there, the game was on more even terms, yet the Wildcats added to its margin.
Donahue, with four goals, paced the attack. Madisyn Kittel stepped up with her first varsity three-goal hat trick, adding an assist, while Elmer, Baker and Jackie Pardee had two goals apiece. Collins and Rachel Delany had the other goals as Hudgins and Negus picked up assists.
WG went to the Rochester suburbs and played at Pittsford on Saturday night, making it three wins in a row - though it was, by far, the toughest test of the Wildcats’ season as it had to work all 50 minutes to beat the Panthers 8-6.
Unlike the quick starts with B’ville and F-M, WG had to be patient in a low-scoring first half. In fact, it was tied, 1-1, before Elmer nabbed consecutive goals in the last minutes of the half, with Donahue adding a goal before Pittsford struck seconds before halftime to make it 4-2.
All through the second half, the Wildcats kept the Panthers at bay, partly due to a pair of goals from Negus, plus tallies from Donahue and Negus, but also by seeing goalie Katherine Widrick make some clutch stops as she finished with six saves and helped WG improve to 3-0.