Skaneateles How things have turned in the long-standing boys lacrosse rivalry between the two sets of Lakers from Cazenovia and Skaneateles.
Where once Skaneateles owned full command of the series, now it’s Cazenovia’s turn to rule, and it never did better than in Tuesday’s visit to Hyatt Stadium, where it took apart those other Lakers, especially on the defensive side, and earned a 10-1 victory.
Timing had a lot to do with it. Cazenovia, no. 10 in the latest state Class C rankings, was steamed after an 8-7 home overtime defeat to Westhill on May 3, the same night that Skaneateles lost to Marcellus 14-9, and was going to take out that anger on the next possible foe.
At the heart of this narrative was the way that Skaneateles shut down in the face of Cazenovia’s defenses.
For three long quarters, the host Lakers never got on the scoreboard as the back line of Joe Colligan, Mike Nourse, Jay Hahn, Eli Mitchell and Keaton Ackermann turned everything away, and when Skaneateles did shoot, Trevor Cross stuffed it, earning 10 saves.
What made it more frustrating for Skaneateles was that its own back line was doing a stellar job of resistance. Staring at top-line attackers like Connor Cannizzaro and Ryan Cook, Skaneateles only allowed five goals in the first three periods, with Max Smith working his way to a total of 14 saves.
Yet as the fourth quarter started, Skaneateles still wasn’t on the board. Jack Dawley finally broke the drought, scoring off a feed from Sam Duggan, but it was far from enough as the visiting Lakers doubled its total in those last 12 minutes.
Cannizzaro ran his total to four goals and one assist as Cook also got a three-goal hat trick. Henry Mann, again controlling the face-offs, added two goals and one assist as P.J. Brown had one goal and one assist. Alex Sullivan added a pair of assists as Jake Falge and Brad Nardella got one assist apiece.