Apr 19, 2011 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
It took more than 10 months – and four overtime periods – before the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team could find some atonement against Skaneateles.
Taylor Gait’s goal early in that fourth extra period gave the state Class C no. 3-ranked Brothers an 11-10 victory over the no. 4-ranked Lakers Tuesday night in the first meeting between the two sides since last year’s Section III Class C-2 final at Solvay.
Back then, the top-seeded Brothers got kicked around by Skaneateles, trailing 10-3 at one point before taking a 12-6 defeat. All the CBA players returning in 2011 remembered that night and were eager to meet the Lakers again.
More recently, though, CBA had taken a 12-11 home loss to Marcellus. Remembering that, the Brothers tightened up its defense and, for much of this cold and wet evening, kept Skaneateles frustrated.
The back line of Julia Nass, Natasha Grant, Laena Frachette and Caitlin McConnell (replacing Shannon Morris) stayed right with the Laker attackers, turning away chances and forcing mistakes.
The Brothers never trailed once in regulation. Early leads of 3-1 and 4-2 melted away, as did a 6-5 halftime edge as, three different times, the Lakers stormed back and tied it up.
But after Marisa Romeo’s goal with 13:01 left broke a 6-6 deadlock, CBA appeared to regain control for good as Gait and Caroline Webster both converted on fast-break goals that made it 9-6 heading into the late stages of regulation.
Skaneateles would still not surrender, though, knowing it had already rallied from a similar deficit to beat Marcellus 9-8 on March 31. Sure enough, Alana Navaroli and Erin Callahan scored 25 seconds apart to make it 9-8 with 1:42 left and, try as it could, CBA could not run out the clock.
Regaining the ball, Sknaeateles earned a free position from the side with 5.6 seconds to play. Dianne Vitkus fired a pass to the middle, and Shelby McNeilly beat Courtney Henderson with 2.5 seconds left in regulation, tying it 9-9 and forcing a pair of three-minute overtime periods.
Webster picked up the first draw in OT and, in just 10 seconds, put CBA back ahead 10-9. It stayed there as, throughout the remaining portions of both OT periods, CBA defended hard, trying to hang on. However, Vitkus fought her way to the net and tied it again with 23.9 seconds left in the second extra period.
So now they went to sudden-victory OT, where the first goal wins. Henderson and Skaneateles goalie Shannon Byrne both made saves to extend the game even further, to a fourth extra period. Finally, 42 seconds into the fourth OT, Gait earned a free position, and ripped a shot past Byrne to win it.
Sophie Racciatti led CBA with three goals, while Romeo joined Gait and Webster with two-goal outings. Taylor Poplawski and Rachel Perla earned single goals as Vitkus led both sides with four goals. McNeilly added two goals. Byrne recorded nine saves, two more than Henderson.
CBA and Skaneateles are guaranteed to meet one more time, in the May 19 regular-season finale at Alibrandi Stadium.