Baldwinsville Now, just as at the end of March when they first played, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team still find itself looking up at West Genesee.
For a brief moment, the Bees teased its fans into thinking it could reverse recent history, leading early in Friday’s showdown with the Wildcats at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. But the Wildcats took over from there, getting away and prevailing by a score of 16-10.
Just as in 2011, B'ville has emerged this spring as WG's primary local challenger through its 9-2 start. When the two teams met on March 31, the Wildcats prevailed 11-6, but left that game expecting a bigger challenge in the rematch,
B'ville lived up to that talk, at least in the early going. Ashley Gentile won the opening draw, and then raced down the field to put home a goal just 33 seconds into the game.
Emily Tripodi answered 57 seconds later, but the 1-1 tie didn't last long. Maggie Monnat put the Bees back ahead, and Gentile's second goal made it 3-1.
Past that point, though, WG's experienced senior defense made things uncomfortable for B'ville the rest of the night. Madison Huegel (going to Syracuse University), Dana Anderson (headed to Le Moyne) and Shelby Milne (on her way to Hofstra) honed in and forced turnovers, assuring that goalie Andrea Francisco didn't have to face too many difficult chances.
Offensively, the Wildcats used five unanswered goals in the middle of the first half to move ahead for good. B'ville cut the deficit to 6-5, but goals by Liz LaComb and Kara Datellas restored the margin to 8-5 as they headed to halftime.
After Claire Monnat's goal early in the second half, WG clamped down again, holding the Bees without a goal for nearly 15 minutes, plenty of time to put the game away.