Following some early-season woes, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt girls lacrosse team both found their stride in time for a head-to-head showdown.
That would take place on Saturday afternoon, and with the rain holding off, the Hornets used a strong second-half effort on the defensive side to slide past the Red Rams 8-7.
During the first 25 minutes, J-D held up well, and inched into a 5-4 lead. But it only managed two goals the rest of the way, giving F-M ample time to pull out in front and stay there.
Olivia Tejan scored three times for a hat trick, adding an assist. Julie Neuberger got two goals, while Mary Trop had one goal and one assist. Jane Cote and Meg Kincaid had the other goals.
On J-D’s side, Caroline Kopp and Carly Stone got two goals apiece, with Kopp contributing an assist. Bess Murad, Grace Hulslander and Meghan Byrnes gained single tallies. Cameron Buck made eight saves, one more than Hornets counterpart Aubrey Deveau.
Before that, F-M kept up its hot play in last Monday’s game at Oswego with a nice all-around effort, especially on defense, throughout a 12-3 romp over the Buccaneers.
The Hornets gave up just one first-half goals, and remained stingy due to the poise of Deveau and Bobbey McCarthy, who combined to stop 11 of the 14 shots he faced.
Tejan, as she would with J-D, picked up three goals and one assist. Trop, Cote, Allison Macrae and Amanda Cramer each scored twice, with Macrae and Cote adding assists. Jamison Seabury earned the other goal and Carly Primo contributed an assist.
Just 24 hours later, playing the combined Syracuse city squad, the Hornets’ hot streak continued as, with a strong second half, it prevailed by a score of 14-10.
They were tied, 7-7, at halftime, but F-M saved its best work for the latter stages, pulling in front behind Trop’s career-best five goals.