Living as season-long nomads due to the reconstruction of Alibrandi Stadium, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team have certainly kept things interesting.
At the same time, though, back-to-back overtime defeats to Skaneateles and Marcellus on April 23 and 25, respectively, left the Brothers furious as it entered yet another tough and busy gauntlet of games.
And in the middle of it all, CBA went to overtime again Thursday night against Cazenovia -- but finally came out on top over the Lakers by a familiar 10-9 margin on the turf at Nottingham High School.
Nate Frechette's goal, 1:10 into the extra period, ended it, but CBA had a chance to put things away long before it got to that point.
Playing some of its best defense of the season, CBA frustrated Cazenovia's attack all through the first half in wet, windy conditions. With enough offense thrown into the mix, the Brothers seized a 5-2 advantage by halftime.
When Jarred DePalma scored late in the third quarter, CBA had an 8-3 edge, and nothing Cazenovia was doing suggested the game would be close -- until Justin Hoffman intercepted an errant clearing pass by goalie Nate Wadsworth and scored just before time ran out in the period.
Fired up by that play, Cazenovia closed within one, then didn't slow down when Ty Murphy converted with 3:33 left to make it 9-7. A minute later, Hoffman cut that margin in half again, then hit on a rebound goal with 38.5 seconds left in regulation to tie it, 9-9.
Neither team could settle it in regulation, so it meant yet another OT session for the Brothers. This time, DePalma won the face-off and, after two errant shots and a time-out, Frechette charged in from the left side and beat Ben Bowers for the game-winner.