In many ways, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team is going through the Section III Class A playoff grind twice during this decisive month of May.
Before undertaking the real thing, the Wildcats would tune up with four games at the tail end of the regular season (three of them on the road) that all featured opponents it could face in the sectional tournament.
In the first of those road trips, WG ventured to Corcoran Tuesday night. With a quick start, plus another strong defensive effort, the Wildcats turned back the Cougars 10-6.
WG still isn't at full strength, since top defender Nick Mellen and midfielder Ian Cahill are out of the lineup, though both are expected to be back in time for the post-season.
But other Wildcats still manage to step up. And against Corcoran, that included an attack that has displayed uneven tendencies, even in recent victories over the likes of Oswego and Central Square.
David Procopio scored twice, with Matt Milne and Collin Kobuszewski also finding the net, as WG raced out to a 4-0 lead before the Cougars got on the board with Sterling Claflin's goal in the waning seconds of the first quarter.
Throughout the second quarter, Corcoran's defense started to figure out the Wildcats' tendencies, but the Cougars hurt itself with a series of turnovers, preventing it from establishing any sort of consistent pressure.
As such, when Tyler Brown and Brad Howes scored in the last two minutes of the half (Howes' goal coming with 2.2 seconds left), WG extended its lead to 7-2.
Corcoran's chase continued throughout the second half. Paul Smyth, starting for Mellen on the back line, joined Alex Tripodi, Jake McCarthy and long-stick midfielder Grainger Sasso in frustrating the Cougars' potent front line, while goalie Matt Koziol had another strong outing, recording 12 saves.