For the second time in the span of five days, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team had an opportunity to knock off an opponent ranked in the state Class C top five.
Having already beaten Bishop Ludden (ranked no. 3 at the time) at home on April 24, the Lakers turned its attention to last Monday’s makeup of a game at Marcellus postponed two weeks earlier.
And all went well at the start – but in a matter of minutes, it quickly turned in the Mustangs’ favor, and Cazenovia never fully recovered, taking a 13-8 defeat – though that would be the only time the Lakers would taste defeat during its busiest week of the regular season.
Early in the first half, the two sides were tied, 1-1, when Grace Milmoe and Jessie Matt scored to put the Lakers in front. As it turned out, that was the worst thing the Lakers could have done.
Alerted to the danger, Marcellus started dominating on the draws and sliced through Cazenovia’s defenses, leading to eight consecutive goals, most of them late in the half, and a 9-3 deficit for the visitors at the break.
To its credit, the Lakers fought all the way to the end. Milmoe finished with four goals, but none of her teammates found the net more than once as Sarah Willard, Madison Gabor, Audrey Burbidge and Taylor Eldred had one goal apiece.
On the Mustangs’ side, Grace Hunt, with six assists, served as the catalyst, especially for Grace Nolan, who scored five times, and Ally Burrows, who got four goals.
Cazenovia had to play at Tully 24 hours later, its last scheduled regular-season home game, and in a wild second half managed to do enough to inch past the Black Knights 11-9 and climb back to the .500 mark (5-5), too.