SKANEATELES — With multiple teammates sidelined with injuries, a pair of sophomores stepped up to lead the Lakers' offense.
Grace Dower and Riley Brogan combined for 17 points, as the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team beat Tully, 16-10, in a game filled with drama at Skaneateles High School Friday.
"We've had three major injuries and been without those girls for a week and a half, and we've been trying to fill those spots," Lakers coach Bridget Marquardt said. "Brogan and Dower have stepped up and helped fill those roles. They stayed composed today and really helped settle things down when we needed them to be settled down and stepped up when needed."
Dower finished with six goals and one assist, while Brogan tallied five goals and five assists. Abbey Logan (assist), Anna McGlynn, Ioanna Christou, Gabby Welch and Tatum Pas'cal each scored once, Elizabeth Wamp had one assist and Ryley Pas'cal recorded a pair of saves.
Skaneateles is hoping to get Olivia Navaroli and Maggie Newton — two of the team's top offensive threats — back into the lineup next week.
"We've had a tough, long week and we're just trying to stay healthy and composed," Marquardt said.
The Lakers scored the first four goals in the first 5:23 before the Black Knights found an answer. Skaneateles outscored Tully 5-2 over the next 18 minutes and took a 9-3 lead into halftime.
The Black Knights coach, apparently displeased with some of the yellow cards handed out in the first half, was given a red card during halftime. Less than four minutes into the second half, Tully's scorekeeper was ejected and the visiting fans were reminded of the sportsmanship statement read before every game about conduct toward officials.
Both teams scored seven times in the second half. The Black Knights went on a three-goal run to end the game, but never cut their deficit to less than five in the final 25 minutes.
For Marquardt, her team needed to tune out the drama and stick to playing the game, which finished with each team receiving three yellow cards.
"We had the momentum and went on a run, and then something would happen. You just try to stay composed," Marquardt said. "When I took my first timeout and my halftime speech was 'Stay composed. Stick to the game plan and focus on me. Don't turn around and look at anybody else. Let's play our game.' And that's what we preached the whole game."
Skaneateles (7-3) hosts West Genesee on Tuesday. While the Lakers would love a W against one of the best big schools in the area, they're focused more on preparing for the postseason and defending their state Class D championship.
"I was pleased with the way we stayed composed today, but we need to do a better job defensively," Marquardt said. "We can't be giving up goals like we did today to West Genny. We need to have a solid defensive game and a solid team game. It's not so much about winning the game, but getting better and moving toward our goals at the end of the season."