In the 2008 film "What Just Happened," star Robert De Niro plays a Hollywood power producer, who in the beginning, is viewed as one of the top men in the business. After just one bad movie, the media's perception of De Niro's character is drastically changed for the worse.
Although high school lacrosse is slightly less cutthroat than Hollywood, changes in perception can occur just as quickly. Last night, West Genesee boys' team was shockingly unseated as the top team in New York's "Class A," at Cicero-North Syracuse.
A 6-2 loss to Ithaca in the regional quarterfinal, will keep the Wildcats from making their eighth straight State Championship game.
"We played flat the whole game," said West Genny's head coach Mike Messere, who's local fame mirrors that of De Niro's nationally. "We just weren't as patient as we needed to be."
West Genny scored the first two goals early on, but were shutout after that. By day's end, the Wildcats were left asking themselves the title of De Niro's movie.
Ithaca advances to play Orchard Park on Thursday.