Skaneateles True, it was Senior Night for the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team, and it was quite a talented and accomplished senior class that would get a happy send-off during Wednesday's 17-7 victory over Marcellus in a clash of two rivals ranked in the state Class C top five.
But it was two girls not in that senior class that helped put the Lakers put away the Mustangs by a margin identical to the 18-8 victory Skaneateles attained at Marcellus on April 2.
Freshman Kyla Sears, who had just received one of the highest honors of her burgeoning career, scored five times and added five assists, while junior Hannah Powers set a career mark with six goals.
If Skaneateles (13-1) needed any more motivation for the latest meeting with Marcellus, it arrived with the new state Class C rankings that showed the Lakers, once in the top spot, unseated by Mount Sinai and now at no. 2.
At the same time, though, Sears, who had 12 goals and seven assists in three Skaneateles wins the week before against LaFayette, Onondaga and Westhill, was named as the Northeast Regional Player of the Week by Nike/U.S. Lacrosse, a rare honor for any ninth-grader.
This led to Senior Night, as captains Molly Wood, Alana Navaroli and Casey VanSlyke were honored along with Mallorie Olin, Nicole Beatson, Natalie Roche, Kristen Pille, Jessica Pileski and Molly Newton for all they had done for the Skaneateles program.
And just like in the Westhill game, the Lakers surrendered the first goal, as Marcellus won the opening draw, worked the ball around and saw Ally Burrows take a feed from Grace Hunt and beat Olin for the goal, her 100th career point.
Less than a minute later, the Lakers were in front 2-1 as Powers had scored twice to begin her big night. With Navaroli dominating in the draw circle, Skaneateles kept getting possessions and kept converting them against an overmatched Mustangs defense.