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CBA girls edge Westhill, stay unbeaten

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.

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