Even if the Liverpool boys lacrosse team of 2014 doesn’t match the remarkable performance of the last few seasons, it can look back on last Tuesday night’s game against visiting Baldwinsville with a lot of fondness.
The Warriors trailed most of the night against the Bees, but played an inspired fourth quarter to catch up and then, in overtime, netted the game-winner to pull off a dramatic 14-13 victory.
None of this was likely. Liverpool was 2-6, coming off back-to-back lopsided defeats to West Genesee and Cazenovia. B’ville, by contrast, was 6-3 and had just romped past Cicero-North Syracuse 14-7, which gave long-time head coach Peter Fiorini his 400th career win.
From the start, though, the Warriors managed to hang close, tying it 2-2 after one period and, through the game’s middle stages, producing enough to keep B’ville worried, even though the visitors led 11-8 with one period left.
Playing with urgency, Liverpool flew down the stretch and took a 13-12 lead, only to have Steve Petrelli, who already had four goals and one assist, score in the final second of regulation to force it to overtime.
Liverpool won it in the OT period, and fittingly it was Dom Castiglia netting the game-winner as he finished with six goals for the night, with passes often coming from Matt Sala, who contributed two goals and four assists.
Kendall Keahey produced two goals and two assists. Justin Renk had a goal and two assists as Anthony Calabrese, Peter Sterio and Dillon Rogers earned the other goals and Kyle Halladay worked hard in the net, recording 14 saves.
B’ville lost despite Petrelli’s big night and a three-goal hat trick from Sean Barron. Connor Chapman had a goal and two assists, while Mitch Rein, Connor Smith, Cody Luke and Charlie Bertrand also scored. Dan Thomas made 11 saves.