Fresh off surviving its first big test (a narrow win at Marcellus on April 22), the unbeaten Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team met some more determined challengers - and still hasn't lost.
Westhill nearly changed that fact on a windy Wednesday afternoon, but the Brothers held off the Warriors 13-12 while getting yet another star turn from its only senior, Katie Webster.
Unlike the Marcellus game where she was held without a goal, Webster was quite active here, reaching double digits in points as she earned five goals and five assists.
Every one of them was needed to fend off Westhill, a team with a goalie (Morgan Roach) headed to Wagner College next year and a fine trio of attackers in Emily Haggerty, Brenna Rainone and Caroline Buonocore.With a series of close losses behind them, the Warriors figured that it was due for a turnaround.
After Webster fed Meg Hannon and Sophie Racciatti for goals to put CBA up 2-0, the Warriors countered with goals by Haggerty and Rainone 47 seconds apart. It was the first of eight times the game would be tied.
The Brothers overcame a 14-minute drought to seize a 6-4 lead, only to quickly squander it as Westhill tied it, 6-6, by halftime. And though Webster pushed CBA back in front 7-6 early in the second half, Rainone answered a minute later.
Much of the second half amounted to a two-step. Four times, Westhill would seize a one-goal lead. All four times, CBA would counter and tie it again.
Not until Taylor Gait hit on her second goal with 4:50 left did the Brothers reclaim the lead at 12-11, and Webster added her fifth goal with 3:34 to play. But it was far from over.
Haggerty's fifth goal, with 2:33 to play, cut the margin back to one, and the Warriors would get a last-second chance, only to see CBA's defense strip the ball away, allowing the clock to run out.