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B'ville lacrosse sides sweep playoff home games

Boys, girls Bees to get shots at West Genesee

Baldwinsville midfielder Steve Petrell (9) unleashes a hard shot in last Tuesday’s Class A playoff game against Cicero-North Syracuse. Petrelli’s five goals helped the Bees eliminate the Northstars 16-8 and advance to a semifinal date with defending champion West Genesee.

Baldwinsville midfielder Steve Petrell (9) unleashes a hard shot in last Tuesday’s Class A playoff game against Cicero-North Syracuse. Petrelli’s five goals helped the Bees eliminate the Northstars 16-8 and advance to a semifinal date with defending champion West Genesee. Scott Thomas

— Each of Baldwinsville's lacrose teams have their own reasons to want to beat West Genesee.

For the boys Bees, it means getting payback 12 months in the making. The girls Bees, on the other hand, simply want to turn things around from the humilation the Wildcats gave them earlier this month.

They'll both get their chances later this week as a result of a doubleheader sweep of opening-round Section III Class A playoff games Tuesday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

B'ville's boys, with the no. 3 seed, dispatched no. 6 seed Cicero-North Syracuse 16-8, taking control in the opening seconds and never letting go against a side it beat 14-7 earlier this season, which gave long-time head coach Peter Fiorini his 400th career win.

As if the Bees needed extra motivation, Fiorini's pending retirement makes all the players want to send him off with a championship, and that energy was in the place from the moment the game started.

Luke McCaffrey won the opening face-off, charged down the field and fed a pass to Connor Chapman, who scored when the game was just 14 seconds old. Then McCaffrey won another face-off and, 20 seconds later, watched the Bees make it 2-0 as Steve Petrelli found the net.

That was just the beginning for Petrelli, who had a hat trick by the time the first quarter was done, which, combined with the goals from Rein and Connor Chapman, put B'ville in front 5-2.

And that was just the warm-up. After C-NS cut its deficit to 5-3 early in the second period, the Bees went on a decisive 5-0 run, with goals coming from Petrelli, Ben Kaminski, Sean Barron and Charlie Bertrand, who scored twice, including one goal where a clearing attempt by Northstars goalie Bryan Schenck deflected off Bertrand's stick and into the net.

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