Once upon a time, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team was the upstart trying to force its way into the elite ranks in Section III Class C play.
Now it was the two-time defending champion Brothers in the role of established power, trying to fleck away the dreams of upstart Homer in last Saturday's Class C semifinal at Coyne Field.
And it did so, with relative ease.
CBA's 13-6 conquest of the Trojans was an impressive effort in all phases of the game, and it gives the Brothers a chance at a sectional three-peat Wednesday when it returns to Coyne and plays Skaneateles, who upset state no. 1-ranked LaFayette 9-8 in its semifinal game.
Though they had played in separate leagues during the season, CBA was well aware of how Homer, 4-14 a season ago, had risen to an 18-2 mark, earned the no. 2 seed for the Class C playoffs and had devastated Cazenovia 9-2 in the quarterfinal round.
With a decided advantage in post-season experience, CBA had the perfect answer when Homer's Carl Zimmerman opened the scoring 1:44 into the game. Matt Dugan won the ensuing face-off and, just nine seconds later, Casey Lasda answered to tie it, 1-1.
Less than two minutes later, Lasda converted again, giving the Brothers a lead it would not relinquish. The margin grew to 7-2 in the second period as CBA, aggressive on both sides of the ball, simply pushed Homer around.
To its credit, the Trojans made a run in the game's middle stages and, when Conner Ferrito scored 4:22 into the third quarter, cut the Brothers' lead to 7-5.
But any danger faded away when, within a span of 90 seconds after Ferrito scored, Lasda and Nate Frechette both landed goals, doubling the margin to 9-5, and CBA would pull away from there.