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C-NS boys lacrosse starts 2-1

Girls Northstars squander late lead in loss to Marcellus

— With a large returning cast and high expectations, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team would begin the 2012 spring campaign with a pair of impressive home victories, though it could not quite sustain that brief win streak through the end of March.

For the Northstars, who went 8-9 a season ago and lost in the first round of the Class A playoffs to West Genesee, things began last Saturday with a one-sided effort against Union-Endicott as C-NS tamed the Tigers 16-1.

Half of those goals came in the first period, an 8-0 outburst that quickly settled matters. The Northstars reached double digits and an 11-0 edge by halftime, and continued to add to the margin in the latter stages.

Scott Slater, part of a large class of returning seniors, scored five times, adding an assist. Tyler Heldt was close behind, with four goals and one assist, while Matt Kennedy chimed in with two goals and three assists.

Dylan Collins also found the net twice, contributing one assist. Kyler Schilling, Zach DeBottis and Matt O’Donnell had the other goals, with Rob Spenard, Tom Koster and Alex LaLone picking up assists. Combined, goalies Bryan Schenk and Justin Ager stopped 13 of 14 shots they faced.

The Northstars’ second game, against Watertown IHC Tuesday night, also featured a blazing start, which was all that was needed to beat the Cavaliers 11-4.

Sharp in the attack, C-NS roared to a 7-1 first-quarter lead. From there, IHC’s defense settled down, but it could not make any sustained run against the Northstars, who nursed the healthy margin the rest of the night.

Heldt, with three goals and two assists, and Mike Fiorini, with three goals and one assist, led the attack. Spenard and DeBottis each found the net twice, with Waldron getting the other goal. Collins chipped in with a pair of assists.

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