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Bump in Road Can't Stop Baldwinsville

The Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team had a rough time traversing the 285

miles to Garden City for Friday's battle of last season's state champions, as

the Bees' bus had serious tire problems on I-81. When it was finally game time,

though, it was the Trojans who came out flat.

Ashlyn Maguire scored three goals in the game's first 13:39 as

Baldwinsville, the 2000 Large School champ, grabbed a 7-2 lead and never

trailed in a 17-15 win over Garden City (3-2), the 2000 Small Schools champ.

Maguire had five goals, including one that gave Baldwinsville (7-2) a 16-12

lead with 5:09 to play.

"Garden City is a great team, and I thought that it was just an awesome

game," Maguire said.

"That was just awesome, competitive lacrosse," Garden City coach Debbie

Russell echoed.

Despite their six-hour bus trip, the Bees seemed to have the fresher legs

when the game began. In the first half, Maguire, Heather Albro and Tammy Michel

outran the Garden City defense for numerous fast-break conversions. The

Trojans were further hindered by an early ankle injury to Kerry McCaffrey,

their best on-ball defender.

"We certainly did miss Kerry a lot," Garden City said All-American Amy

Appelt, who scored four goals. "We had to move a lot of people around, but

we'll learn from it."

Trailing 10-5 late in the first half, Garden City scored the next four

goals to trim the deficit to one. Catherine Elbe scored three of her five goals

during that run.

"Catherine played an amazing game today," Appelt said. "I have so much

confidence having her up there with me."

Baldwinsville middie Shannon Connolly answered that run with a goal, and

Garden City never got within one again. It was a special game for twin sisters

Shannon and Caitlin Connolly, playing just down the road from where brother Tim

makes his living as an Islanders center.

"Usually, we settle into offensive sets, but today, we had to run because

both teams were so fast," said Hofstra-bound Caitlin Connolly, who is the Bees'

leading scorer on the year.

The lead got as large as 17-12 with 4:09 to play, but Appelt, Elbe and

Meghan Crisafulli scored to pull the Trojans within 17-15 in the final minute.

Garden City won the ensuing draw, but Carolyn Pohmer missed the net with her

shot and the Bees were able to run out the clock.

"This game showed us some things we needed to work on, and that's

important," Elbe said.

On its way to Long Island, that ill-fated Bees bus passed right by

SUNY-Cortland, host of the state championships. Garden City is hoping Friday's

learning experience will help it to retrace those steps on I-81 during the

second weekend in June.

Baldwinsville (III) 107-17

Garden City 87-15

Goals-B: Maguire 5, Albro 3, Michel 3, Mason, Walker, Venditti, S.

Connolly, C. Connolly, Gonnella; G: Elbe 5, Appelt 4, Pohmer 2, A. Crisafulli,

M. Crisafulli, Boghosian, Seaman. Saves-B: Grosso 17; G: McKennett 17.

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