With the Section III playoffs looming, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team was given one more opportunity to showcase its cumulative talents and establish itself at the expense of its neighbors from Chittenango.
That was done in an emphatic way last Friday night at the Sean Googin Sports Complex, where the Lakers showed little mercy in a 19-0 shutout of the Bears, its most lopsided victory of the spring.
The running clock was in place before the first half was over. Cazenovia already had a 12-0 edge by that point, but it kept on adding to the total and, in the process, got a vast majority of its top players into the scoring column.
Chloe Willard and Megan Henderson scored three times, with Keara Dwyer getting two goals and three assists. Lucy Connor, Olivia Catania and Lauren Burbidge also found the net twice as Glenn Hartley got a goal and two assists. Mikaylee Whalen and Grace Rajkowski both earned one goal and one assist. Saige Ackermann and Sadie Coleman also picked up goals.
To start the week, Cazenovia hosted Jordan-Elbridge last Wednesday night and took a 12-8 defeat to the Eagles. The Lakers were refreshed, while J-E was playing for the third time in as many days. Still, the Eagles inched into a 7-6 halftime lead and then slowed down the pace in the late going, ultimately containing Cazenovia.
Willard still scored four times, adding an assist, while Henderson had two goals. Connor and Dwyer earned the other goals. Laura Lorraine finished with nine saves as, for J-E, Marissa Malvaso and Katie Goodrich both matched what Willard did with four goals and one assist.
Before it got belted at Cazenovia, it was the initial misfortune of Chittenango to have its turn against state Class D no 1-ranked Marcellus last Tuesday night, and the Bears suffered a 22-2 defeat, netting both of its goals in the first half as Maddie Flack scored them.
Still, Chittenango trailed 14-2 at halftime, and despite Hailee Watt’s 10 saves, the Mustangs kept adding to its totals as Maddie Conklin and Anna Vetsch each scored four goals, Conklin adding five assists and Vetsch two assists. Colette Rigas added three goals as Katherine Locastro had two goals and four assists.