Having made a modest climb from no. 20 to no. 17 in the state Class C rankings, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team knew that it could do a lot better with one more regular-season win.
Specifically, it would require Skaneateles to go to the Sean Googin Sports Complex last Monday night and deny state no. 1-ranked Cazenovia the chance to finish off an undefeated regular season.
But it would not happen, as one bad stretch late in the first half came back to haunt Skaneateles, leading to a 14-10 defeat in this Laker duel.
Things started quite well for Skaneateles, the visitors playing Cazenovia to a 2-2 first-quarter draw and showing signs that it wasn’t at all intimidated by the reigning state Class C champions’ style.
Intimidation is one thing – but execution is quite another, and Skaneateles found that out during the pivotal second quarter. No matter what it tried on defense, the visiting Lakers could not keep Cazenovia’s deep group of attackers from finding the net.
From a 3-3 tie, Cazenovia netted three straight goals, two of them from P.J. Brown, and by the time they reached the break, Skaneateles trailed, 8-4.
And things would get worse in the third quarter, Cazenovia doubling up Skaneateles and making it a 12-6 game. To its credit, the visitors would battle all the way to the final horn, cutting into that deficit, even if it could not catch up.
Tyler Strods, in particular, did quite well against Cazenovia’s defense, managing four goals and two assists, while Sam Duggan managed a three-goal hat trick. Mark Goetzmann, Griffen Lawson and Jack Dawley had the other goals, with Goetzmann adding an assist.
Pushed all night, Skaneateles goalie Kyle Oschner made eight saves, but Cazenovia had five different players score at least twice as Henry Mann, with four goals and four assists, set the pace, also winning most of the face-offs. Brown got four goals and one assists, with Alex Hunt adding two goals and two assists. Jake Lewis and Cold Willard also scored twice.