Apr 17, 2011 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Though a bit disappointed by its narrow defeat at Skaneateles on April 8, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team could look forward to the fact that it didn’t have to travel anywhere again until May, thanks to six consecutive home games on the docket.
More good news arrived early last week with the release of the first state Class C poll. The Lakers were at no. 3, behind only Skaneateles and Cold Spring Harbor, the highest ranking the program has ever achieved.
With that as a backdrop, the long homestand commenced last Tuesday with a visit from Westhill that was convincing in every manner as the Lakers beat the Warriors 14-3.
All through the first half, Doyle Judge, Mike Nourse, Clayton Goris and the rest of Cazenovia’s back line turned away anything Westhill tried, leading to a shutout and a 9-0 margin at the break.
Finally, the Warriors got on the board in the third quarter, but it was too late. Matt Donovan, John Greacen and Connor Cannizzaro each notched a three-goal hat trick, with Sean Cannizzaro adding two goals and one assist. Sam Lewis, Brad Nardella and Mason Powell also converted, with Chris Giardina joining Greacen, Donovan and Powell with single assists.
Two days later, Christian Brothers Academy came to the Fenner Street complex and, for the second time in three weeks, the Lakers teed off on the Brothers, rolling to a 14-4 victory.
Unlike the March 30 meeting, a 19-11 decision where Cazenovia needed 10 goals in the third quarter to get clear, the Lakers took charge right away, roaring to a 7-1 lead by the end of the first period and expanding the margin to 11-1 by halftime.
Connor Cannizzaro, with four goals and three assists, set the pace as Donovan chimed in with three goals and two assists. Greacen had two goals and two assists, with Powell also finding the net twice. Brad Nardella, Sean Cannizzaro and Lucas Catania notched the other goals.
The busy week concluded Saturday, when Marcellus, vastly improved under first-year coach Leo McInerney (it got off to a 4-2 start), arrived at Fenner. In brutal playing conditions, the Lakers did enough to earn a 9-6 victory over the Mustangs.
High winds and rain made the entire game a test of endurance and patience for both sides. Cazenovia, accustomed to playing on grass (Marcellus, like CBA, has an artificial turf home field), adjusted better and steadily built a 7-3 halftime lead.
And the lead grew to 9-4 before a fourth-quarter drought, but the Mustangs could not catch up. Greacen, with three goals and one assist, and Connor Cannizzaro, with two goals and three assists, led the attack as Brad Nardella also found the net twice. Powell put up a goal and three assists, while Sean Cannizzaro had one goal and one assist. Ben Romagnoli finished with nine saves.
Already having played half its regular-season schedule (and sitting at 7-1), the Lakers are off during most of the spring-break week before returning this Saturday with a non-league game against Central Square at Fenner.