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SKANEATELES — Skaneateles overwhelmed Mexico right from the opening draw.

The Lakers scored nine goals before the Tigers could respond, as the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team beat Mexico, 15-3, at Skaneateles High School Friday.

Lakers coach Bridget Marquardt is more concerned with her team improving and peaking late in the season than their win-loss record.

“We’re coming off a tough loss (to Marcellus Tuesday), so we really need to build our confidence again,” Marquardt said. “It’s still so early in the season that there’s a lot that we’re working on and a lot of things we haven’t even taught yet.”

Grace Dower paced the Skaneateles offense with four goals and four assists. The sophomore set up shop behind the net and fed teammates cutting toward the net repeatedly in the first half.

“She likes to feed — we actually want her to go to goal more — but I told the girls I wanted every goal assisted tonight,” Marquardt said. “We knew what we were coming in to, and I thought we needed to be very unselfish and move the ball around. We did that tonight and we did that the whole game.”

Riley Brogan tallied four goals, Maggie Newton had a pair of goals and assists, and Olivia Navaroli recorded one goal and three helpers. Hope Allyn and Abby Logan each had a goal and an assist.

Jessica Patalino and Campbell Torrey rounded out the scoring, Christiana Ciaccio had an assist and Ryley Pas’cal made a pair of saves in the first half.

Brogan opened the scoring 2:30 into the contest, and the Lakers netted eight more goals over the next 10 minutes.

“We’ve got some good stickhandlers, so we wanted to get the draw and push the fast breaks early because that seems to give us confidence,” Marquardt said. “We really wanted to get everyone in early and play everybody a lot, and we did that.”

Mexico scored with 13 minutes left in the first half, but Navaroli got the goal back five minutes later and Skaneateles led 10-1 at halftime.

Although the Tigers struck first in the second half, Skaneateles scored the next four to get the clock running.

The Lakers cleared their bench and moved some of their offensive players back to defense and vice versa. They still kept the Tigers contained and cruised to the victory.

“We kept up our intensity, and it’s hard because sometimes when you get a lead you can get complacent,” Marquardt said. “It was a little sloppy at times, but we played 50 minutes, which is important.”

Skaneateles (3-1) hits the road for three games next week. The Lakers play Fayetteville-Manlius Monday, Chittenango Tuesday and Westhill Thursday.

“We have a really tough week next week, and we need to keep getting better and better every day,” Marquardt said. “That’s the goal right now.”

Sports writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 315-282-2256 or at jeremy.houghtaling@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenHough.

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