More than the normal neighborhood bragging rights was at stake when the Marcellus and Westhill boys lacrosse teams faced off last Tuesday night.
With the Warriors at 8-1 and holding the no. 6 spot in the state Class C rankings, and the Mustangs 6-2 and holding the no. 10 spot in that same state poll, the winner would gain a lot of momentum toward the regular-season homestretch.
And it was Marcellus who would prevail in that struggle, feeding off momentum gained the week before and gradually taking over in the second half to beat Westhill 11-7.
The Mustangs didn’t fret much when the Warriors seized a 2-1 first-quarter lead. And as the tempo picked up in the second quarter, so did the Mustangs, who inched in front, 4-3, by halftime.
Marcellus continued to push things throughout the second half, finding holes in the Warriors’ defenses and consistently exploiting them. Also, goalie Jake Lilly kept making big stops, keeping his concentration amid the win and rain to finish with 21 saves.
Ross Filtch led the way, getting four goals, with Mike McNaney adding two goals and two assists to match that point total. Matt Hutchings and Kevin Hutchings both scored twice, too, as Matt Hutchings added an assist.
On the Warriors’ side, Richie Easterly and Mark Purcell had two goals apiece. Casey Rogers, Jack Centore and Andrew French also scored, with Jack Sweeney making 13 saves.
Jordan-Elbridge, with a chance to gain a signature victory last Monday night, hosted Skaneateles, but could not pull it off, taking a 15-7 loss to the Lakers.
The Eagles caught Skaneateles at the wrong time, the Lakers fuming about blowing a 7-3 fourth-quarter lead in an 8-7 overtime defeat to Marcellus at home three nights earlier.
Here, Skaneateles made sure J-E didn’t stage any sort of comeback, steadily gaining a 9-3 lead by halftime and matching everything the Eagles produced in a pivotal third quarter before a shutout in the final period settled matters.