Little motivation was required for the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team going into the 2011 season.
The memory of a one-sided defeat to Skaneateles in last spring's Section III Class C-2 final, plus the fact that most of the starting lineup (save for the graduated Katie Webster) are back, has the Brothers thinking nothing less than a championship.
CBA's season opened Tuesday at a cold, wind-swept Alibrandi Stadium, where it steadily got away from the Lakers in an 18-9 victory.
Without any long, sustained domination, the Brothers still worked its way to a 9-4 halftime lead, then repeated that behavior in the second half.
Taylor Gait and Marisa Romeo both finished with four goals and one assist. Close behind, Sophie Racciatti and Caroline Webster each gained three goals and one assist, while Taylor Poplawski and Kara Dell'uomo got two goals apiece. Natasha Grant and Maddy Calkins got assists, too.
Two nights later at Alibrandi, CBA hosted Westhill, and went through a rougher start before getting away late and beating the Warriors 19-9.
Both sides were potent on the offensive end in the first half as Westhill, led by Brenna Rainone (who finished with five goals), only trailed 10-7 at the break.
Still, CBA got clear, as Gait managed her own five-goal outing and Meg Hannon stepped up with a three-goal hat trick. Poplawski contributed three goals and two assists, while Romeo and Racciatti each found the net twice. Webster, Dell'uomo, Corey Hucko and Rachel Perla got single goals.
As it worked out (or didn't work out), CBA's boys lacrosse team had to encounter both of the Class C favorites in its early-season stretch.
A week after falling to Cazenovia, the Brothers hosted defending Section III Class C champion Skaneateles and, again, surrendered a 10-goal quarter during its 23-10 defeat to that other group of Lakers.