Tags: boys lacrosseMarcellusWest Genesee With a keen awareness of what the Warriors could do, the Wildcats put together one of its best sustained stretches of the season, on both sides of the ball.The defense set the tone as Brad James, Chris Schaczenski and the rest of the back line smothered Liverpool throughout the first half and limited opportunities, while Luke Staudt was earning most of his 10 saves.Gradually, the attack picked up its pace, too, building a 5-1 lead by halftime and then all but deciding the game with four unanswered goals early in the third quarter to double the margin to 9-1. Anthony Dattellas, with three goals and one assist, led the way, with Brad Cunningham and Alex Rosa each scoring twice. Jack Delaney had a goal and two assists, with Ryan Sheehan and Nick Louise each getting one goal and one assist. Max Rosa added a goal and Jimmy Bergan got a pair of assists.While that was going on, in the Class D sectional semifinal at East Syracuse Minoa Stadium, Marcellus, the no. 4-ranked team in the state, would also jump out 9-1 on its post-season opponent – only it did so by halftime.Everything worked for the Mustangs in those early stages against state no. 6-ranked General Brown, who was trying to make a second consecutive trip to the sectional finals.On offense, the likes of Luke Ingianni and Matt Connell kept getting open looks and kept finding the net, the pair finishing with four goals apiece, two more than the entire Lions roster.Meanwhile, on defense, Trevor Widrick, Sean Madden, Brandon Desso and Brian Suarez were strong in the early going, and when GB did get shots, Rob Seeley turned most of them away, eventually recording 15 saves.Even when GB tried to make a late run, the Mustangs answered it. Aside from Ingianni and Connell, Liam Tierney got two goals, with Mike Quick and Tighe Powell adding single tallies, Powell joining Mason Barney and Emmett Barry in the assist column.Then Marcellus watched as state no. 1-ranked Skaneateles was stunned by LaFayette 8-7, meaning the Lancers are the only thing standing in the way of the Mustangs’ first-ever sectional title Friday night at 7 p.m. at Liverpool High School Stadium.Over at Bragman Stadium Friday at 5 p.m, West Genesee will try and keep top seed Baldwinsville from reclaiming the sectional Class A title, the Bees having survived a 7-4 semifinal with Cicero-North Syracuse and beaten the Wildcats twice in the regular season.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Reaching the Section III finals amounts to an annual affair for the West Genesee boys lacrosse team, but it’s quite different in Marcellus, where the school still awaits its first-ever sectional title.Both the Wildcats and Mustangs put together impressive all-around efforts in last Tuesday’s sectional semifinals as, in Class A, WG handled Liverpool 11-6 and, in Class D, Marcellus defeated General Brown 12-6.They played the sectional Class A semifinals at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, with WG confronting a Liverpool side it beat twice in the regular season, including a 13-9 decision just one week earlier.
Following a significant leg injury sustained against the University of South Florida, Scott Nelson will be out for the remainder of the 2019 football season.It is not yet clear the exact injury suffered by Nelson, but he did confirm his absence for the rest of the season on Twitter following the Central Michigan game.Prior to this season-ender, Nelson looked to be a developing talent for a secondary who desperately needed to build experience coming into this season.Football: To fuel 2019 season, Badger secondary looking for consistencyAfter last week’s dive into the units of defensive backs and linebackers, this week the focus is on Coach Paul Read…Nelson served as one of the few consistent faces for the Badger secondary last season as he started eight total games and played as a non-starter in one other.Even as Nelson went on to have a great season in 2018 with 41 total tackles recorded, he struggled to stay healthy throughout the year. Nelson failed to play in games against Illinois, Northwestern, Rutgers and Purdue due to injury.Every Badger fan hopes this is not history repeating itself with the loss of Nelson early in the season. In 2018, injuries were anything but few and far between for defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard’s last line of defense.Football: For Wisconsin secondary, motto has been “next man up”The Wisconsin defensive backfield has been decimated by injuries so far this season, but that has not been a concern Read…Nelson got off to a quick start in the season even as he suffered an injury in their opening game. Even during the limited time that he played against USF, Nelson managed to acquire four solo tackles as well as a pass break-up.Prior to the release of the tweet stating Nelson would not be returning for the rest of the season, Eric Burrell went to work as his replacement against Central Michigan.Burrell certainly has large shoes to fill following the season-long departure of Nelson. But in early games this season he has begun to prove his mettle as much as possible given his allotted playing time up to this point.In the short amount of time Burrell played against USF and Central Michigan, he already managed to record three solo tackles as well as an interception against USF.Football: Five takeaways from week one of Badger FootballThe Wisconsin Badgers started their season Friday night with a statement 49–0 victory against South Florida. In peak Floridian conditions, Read…Nelson will certainly be missed throughout the season as the Badgers are set to face off against higher powered offenses in the near future.Despite this, as long as there is no repeat of last season in which multiple injuries are suffered in succession, Burrell could serve as a fine replacement for Nelson.