True, they began the last full week of the regular season far apart when it came to win-loss records, but perhaps the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys lacrosse teams saw that large gap close before they met in Tuesday’s regular-season finale at Bragman Stadium.
The Warriors, making a big late push to get into the Section III Class A playoffs, won twice last week, starting with last Tuesday’s visit to Central Square, where a suddenly-potent attack unleashed itself again in a 15-5 romp over the Red Hawks.
Central Square’s attempts to slow the game down backfired as Liverpool led 6-1 after one period and kept on going until it owned a comfortable 10-1 halftime margin.
It eased up from there, but the Warriors cruised to the win. Dom Castiglia, by himself, matched the Red Hawks by scoring five times, while Justin Renk and Dillon Rogers each got a pair of goals.
Kendall Keahey had a goal and two assists, with Anthony Calabrese, Pete Sterio and Antonio Rey also getting goals and Matt Sala adding a pair of assists. Kyle Halladay was superb in the net, too, finishing with 10 saves.
From there, the Warriors went on to handle Syracuse East 21-4 on Thursday night, steadily producing goals throughout the first three periods and building a 17-3 lead before the reserves played in the late going.
Renk led with five goals and two assists, with Keahey adding three goals and four assists. Castiglia scored four times as Rey, Sala and Sterio had their own three-goal hat tricks, Rey adding a pair of assists. Steve Audley, Zach Burdick and Tom Straub also earned assists.
As that went on, C-NS, sitting at 10-2 and with the no. 17 state Class A ranking, went to Fayetteville-Manlius and suffered its worst defeat of the season, falling to the Hornets 18-4.