SKANEATELES — It took a little more than five minutes for the Lakers to assert their dominance.
The No. 1 Skaneateles girls lacrosse team built up a seven-goal lead in the first 5:13 of the game, had a 10-goal lead before halftime and cruised to a 19-8 victory over No. 8 LaFayette at Skaneateles High School in the Section III, Class D quarterfinals Tuesday.
For Lakers coach Bridget Marquardt, the game was quality experience for some of her younger players, especially four players brought up from the junior varsity team.
"They're all very nervous," Marquardt said off the call-ups. "Everybody on the team played. Both goalies played. It was the seniors' last game on their home field. ... It was a nice experience for all of them."
Riley Brogan netted five goals and two assists, while Grace Dower had two goals and five assists. Olivia Navaroli and Maggie Newton each tallied three goals and two assists, Gaby Welch had a hat trick, Hope Allyn scored twice, Anna McGlynn chipped in one goal and one assist, and Olivia Dobrovosky had one assist.
"We have a really good, balanced offense this year," Marquardt said. "We've got four players with over 60 points, and it's really hard for teams to defend. It's easier for them to defend one or two, but when you have four and fill in other players, it's tough.
"Our philosophy has always been to spread the wealth and move the ball around. Let them try and figure out how to top four top scorers."
Ioanna Christou started in net and made two saves before giving way to Meg Buff early in the second half. Buff had a pair of stops.
McGlynn got the Lakers on the board just 35 seconds into the game and Skaneateles continued to roll from there. The Lakers scored seven times before the Lancers could find an answer and had a 10-goal lead to get the clock running before halftime.
"The hard part of games like this is the mental aspect," Marquardt said. " You can't be complacent. Tonight we got a couple goals and started to not pick up a ground ball or not stop the ball, and you can get complacent. We talked a lot at halftime about the mental aspect of the game and staying focused."
The Lakers scored four of the first five goals after the break, and despite a Lancers' three-goal rally, stayed in control throughout the final 25 minutes.
Skaneateles moves on to play No. 4 Marcellus in the section semifinals Thursday at East Syracuse-Minoa High School. The Lakers have been in the previous 17 section final games under Marquardt.
"We've got to win Thursday," Marquardt said. "I don't know what it's like not to go there, but these teams are all great, incredible teams. It's harder every year. ... I like that the rules changed and I had to teach them those last year, or that we were the underdogs. Now this year we're supposed to do well, but there's teams like Marcellus, General Brown, Westhill and South Jefferson.
"What drives us is the tradition of success. The girls are used to being there, and it's the challenge of getting there."