By Rob Tetro
The Fulton boys’ varsity lacrosse team qualified for the sectionals, but lost in the first round to Carthage May 20 by a score of 10-5.
The boys finished hard, winning two out their last three games to finish the regular season with an overall record of 7-9.
On May 8, Fulton cruised past Chittenango 19-4, then they topped county foe Central Square 10-5 May 10.
Homer beat the Red Raiders 9-5 May 13 in the regular season finale.
In the Chittenango game, Fulton jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then took over in the second quarter, outscoring Chittenango by six to take an 11-1 lead into halftime.
Fulton kept it going during the third quarter, outscoring Chittenango by two points to push its lead to 12. Fulton capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring Chittenango 4-1 down the stretch en route to a 19-4 win.
The Red Raiders were led by Matt Nelson with five goals, followed by Brett Campolieta with three goals and two assists, Carson Vono, Shawn Walberger and Bryce Knight each had two goals and an assist, Seth DeLisle added a goal and an assist, Adam Caza, Mark Pollock, Robbie Pollock, Derek Prosser, Paul Reynoso and Kyle Ware chipped in a goal each and RJ Borrow and Mitch Townsley combined for three assists.
Fulton Goalies Brandon Batstone and Scott Hughes saved 11 of 15 shots.
Against Central Square, Fulton led 5-1 in the first quarter and then added to their lead, outscoring the Redhawks 3-1 in the second quarter.
After both teams scored two goals during the third quarter, Fulton maintained a six-goal lead at 10-4.
Central Square scored to cut the lead down to five goals during the fourth quarter, but that was as close as they could get as Fulton won 10-5.
Leading the way for Central Square was Zachary Dempsey with two goals and an assist, followed by Kyle Bird and Riley O’Brien with a goal and an assist each. Anthony Mandell chipped in a goal. Central Square Goalie Zack Reed saved 15 of 25 shots.
The Red Raiders were led by Carson Vono with two goals and two assists, followed by Bryce Knight with two goals and an assist, Matt Nelson with two goals, Brett Campolieta with a goal and an assist, Mark Pollock, Mitch Townsley and Shawn Walberger each with a goal and Noah Sorbello with an assist.
Fulton Goalie Scott Hughes saved nine of 14 shots.
In their regular season finale, Fulton saw Homer build a slim 2-1 lead early. But Fulton came back and the game was tied at 4 at halftime.
But Homer took over the second half, scoring two unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a 6-4 lead. Homer cushioned its lead down the stretch, outscoring the Red Raiders 3-1 during the fourth quarter to cap off a 9-5 win.
Leading the way for Fulton was Seth DeLisle with three goals, followed by Matt Nelson and Mark Pollock with a goal each. Bryce Knight chipped in two assists. Red Raider Goalie Scott Hughes saved 10 of 19 shots.
In the opening round of the sectionals, both Fulton and Carthage played a competitive first quarter, with Carthage leading by 1.
Carthage quickly cushioned its lead, scoring two unanswered goals during the second quarter to take a 6-3 lead into the half. After both teams scored a goal during the third quarter, Carthage maintained a three-goal lead at 7-4.
Carthage outscored the Red Raiders 3-1 during the fourth quarter to come away with a 10-5 win.
Fulton was led by Brett Campolieta with two goals, followed by Bryce Knight, Matt Nelson and Shawn Walberger with a goal each. Seth DeLisle and Carson Vono each chipped in an assist.
Red Raider Goalie Scott Hughes saved 12 of 22 shots.