Caz boys lacrosse rises to no. 3 state ranking

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.

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