Still perched at the no. 4 spot in the state Class A rankings, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team motored toward the post-season, though perhaps a bit concerned with the way its defense was performing.
In a showdown with Baldwinsville last Thursday night at Bragman Stadium, the Northstars threatened a blowout in the early going, but instead got lassoed into an up-and-down, high-scoring affair where it needed all 50 minutes to get past the Bees 17-14.
When these two teams had first met April 8 at Onondaga Community College, C-NS 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 made home fans quite nervous. 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.
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. Bryar Cummings, Mallory Eymer and Jenna Lippert got single goals.
B’ville saw Gebhardt put up five goals, with Leo, Marjorie Dehm, Andrea Walker and Glory Johnson each scoring twice and Jaclyn Hingre adding a goal.