The Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team used an offensive outburst from Brittany Brigandi and a strong defensive effort to get past Fayetteville-Manlius 14-10 as they won their third straight game to open the season and remain unbeaten. The Monday afternoon affair was a non-league contest at Clary Middle School in the Valley.
CBA (3-0) notched the first five goals of the game and never looked back as they held the lead throughout. They controlled the entire half by playing great defense and hustling for every loose ball. The Brothers scored with ease on offense as they capitalized on the Hornets' mistakes with great passing and excellent finishing.
F-M (3-2) didn't do much to help their cause as they started the game out very sloppy. They were dropping balls and making careless passes. It seemed as if the Hornet defenders weren't even guarding their opponents.
After a sluggish start though, F-M scored three of the next four goals as they played with a little more intensity, but still trailed 9-3 at the half. Mary Elizabeth Klepper accounted for all three of the Hornets' goals.
The Hornets came out for the second half a new team. They scored the first three goals of the half to get right back into the competition at 9-6. F-M looked sharper, and played with a lot more energy. They were winning draw controls and playing better defense.
Even after this early outburst though, the Hornets would get no closer than three the rest of the way as both teams took turns scoring the final 15 minutes.
Brigandi erupted for eight goals and also had two assists to finish with an impressive 10-point game. She also got help from M.E. Lapham, who finished with three goals and an assist for the Class C No. 4 state-ranked Brothers. Katie Webster had two goals and one assist, Liana Artessa also scored, and Gwen Withers added two assists.
Brigandi and Lapham combined to score all five of CBA's second half goals on a variety of nice dodges and great shot placement.
Klepper ended the day with five goals and one assist for the Hornets, while Emily Pierson had one goal and a game-high four assists. Morgan Axenfeld, Caroline Helmer, Shannon McHugh and Jenn Williams had the other goals.
Both teams head toward big games this week - F-M against defending state Class A champion West Genesee on Wednesday, CBA against five-time defending Class C champion Skaneateles on Thursday at Alibrandi Stadium.