By Christina Alexander
It turned out to be perfect lacrosse weather as Cicero-North Syracuse traveled to CBA's Alibrandi Stadium in a showdown in girl's lacrosse Friday night.
Though the Brothers put up a good battle against their Class A rivals, the Northstars came out on top by a score of 12-10.
Just 10 seconds into the contest, CBA's Katie Webster ran down to score the first goal of the game, setting a pace for the Brothers.
However, the Northstars didn't waste any time, either, as they recovered the second draw of the game and capitalized on a goal from Tori Praino.
For much of the first half, the two teams were neck and neck, with lead changes throughout. The two teams relied on their legs and fast-paced transition in the midfield. Neither side had a chance to settle into a defensive mindset.
CNS goalie Alex Gale, came up with big stops during the last 30 seconds of the half, preventing the Brothers from forging a halftime tie. Instead, the Northstars went to the break with a 5-4 edge.
At the start of the second half, the Northstars wasted no time at all, finding the back of the net on a goal from Mary Stimson, assisted by Morgan Silva. A CBA draw control possession resulted in an offsides and yet another CNS goal a minute later.
It was Gwen Withers who broke the ice and momentum of the Northstars and scored unassisted for CBA to cut it to 7-5.
However, CNS would not allow itself to stumble. It matched goals with the Brothers, and in the last six minutes it used the all-inclusive stall to dwindle time away. CBA tried to make a comeback, but it was too late.
Stimson and Praino led the Northstars with three goals apiece. Stimson also added an assist, while Bree Smith and Rachel Geruso produced two goals each. Geruso added two assists.
Morgan Silva, Liz Zuern, and Caporizzo tallied one goal each. Both Silva and Zuern tacked on two assists. Gale was credited with 15 saves in the cage, 11 coming in the second half.
As for CBA, Webster had a monster game, leading the Brothers with four goals as Brittany Brigandi found the net three times. Withers, M.E. Lapham and Rachael Ponge had one-goal games. Withers and Lapham also had assists on the game, along with Maura Welch. In goal, Emma Taylor had 12 saves.