Once the shock of what West Genesee had done to them in the first half of that May 2 showdown wore off, the Baldiwnsville girls lacrosse team still had to face a stretch of four games in six days that would determine what kind of frame of mind it would have going into the Section III playoffs.
And the key game would come Thursday night, when it went down Route 31 to Bragman Stadium to face Cicero-North Syracuse and put up one of its best efforts of the season, even though it lost a 17-14 decision to the Northstars.
When these two teams had first met April 8 at Onondaga Community College, C-NS, no. 4 in the latest state Class A rankings, pulled away in the second half and prevailed 13-6. At the very least, B’ville wanted the rematch to be a bit closer.
But it didn’t start that way. The Northstars got a goal just 11 seconds into the game and, controlling the draws and attacking at will, dashed to an 8-1 lead before the game reached the 15-minute mark.
Bent on avoiding another West Genesee-type blowout, B’ville started fighting back, as Taylor Gebhardt scored twice and Alex Leo also scored to cut the gap to 8-4 before the Northstars scored in the last seconds of the half to take a 9-4 edge to the break.
What the Bees did in the second half was even more encouraging. Every time C-NS tried to get away, B’ville would put together a scoring spurt, not letting deficits of 14-7 or 16-10 prevent it from battling to try and catch up.
As a result, Gebhardt put up five goals, with Leo, Marjorie Dehm, Andrea Walker and Glory Johnson each scoring twice and Jaclyn Hingre adding a goal.
C-NS would hang on, though, with stars Meghan Duffy and Tiffany Ryan setting the pace with four goals apiece as they combined for five assists, too. Samantha Tortora and Courtney Kenny added their own three-goal hat tricks.