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Marcellus, Westhill boys lacrosse win playoff openers

J-E unable to hold early lead in loss to LaFayette

On Tuesday night, the Marcellus and Westhill boys lacrosse teams will play their most important games of the season – against each other.

The showdown between the no. 4 seed Mustangs and no. 5 seed Warriors in the Section III Class C quarterfinals was made possible by each side comfortably winning their opening-round games on Saturday afternoon.

Marcellus, drawing no. 13 seed and first-time playoff participant, Manlius-Pebble Hill, rolled to a 14-1 victory, while Westhill faced a slightly more difficult assignment, but beat no. 12 seed South Jefferson 13-6.

In the Warriors’ case, things didn’t start well, as it trailed 2-1 before taking over against the Spartans with a 4-0 second-quarter burst. That momentum carried over, too, Westhill gaining a 10-4 margin by the fourth quarter and cruising the rest of the way.

Ryan Zimmerman stepped up with five goals and two assists, with Casey Rogers scoring four times. Richie Easterly fed both of them, earning five assists to go with his lone tally, while Jack Centore had a goal and two assists. Andrew French and Matt McAnaney also scored, with Jack Sweeney recording 12 saves in the net.

As that went on, Marcellus was ending it early against MPH, scoring 10 unanswered goals in the first quarter and slowing down from there, but keeping the Trojans off the board except for John Cerio’s third-quarter goal.

Tim O’Sullivan led the attack, scoring five times, with Matt Hutchings and Ross Filtch getting two goals apiece. Nate Garlow and Kevin Hutchings each had a goal and two assists, while Rich Ghezzi and Andrew Henderson had matching totals of one goal and one assist. Aaron Quisik had the other goal, with Harrison Cox picking up an assist.

Jordan-Elbridge, with the no. 11 seed in the Class C bracket, got off to a fantastic start in its first-round game at no. 6 seed LaFayette, but could not sustain it and saw its season end with a 19-11 defeat to the Lancers.

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