Caz boys lacrosse wins first state Class C championship

Cazenovia's boys lacrosse team put the perfect cap on its best season, roaring to the NYSPHSAA Class C championship with a thorough 14-6 beating of Long Island outfit Bayport-Blue Point late Saturday afternoon at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

The Lakers, winners of their first Section III crown two weeks earlier, completed a 22-1 campaign and became the third Cazenovia team to win a state championship in 2011-12. And this one had strong ties to the other two.

Back in the fall, when Cazenovia's field hockey team earned the state title, it did so on the same CNS turf as the lacrosse Lakers would use to finish off its masterpiece. And, of course, many of these same lacrosse players also starred on the undefeated state Division II ice hockey championship team that rolled through the winter.

This day brought to a climax the 15-year work of head coach Jim Longo to turn a fledgling program into a powerhouse.

"We brought our 'A' game," Longo said. "The kids were really focused for today. We've been telling them since day one back in March (playing for a state championship) is where we want to be. They did it."

Longo could afford to sit back and enjoy the stroll, such was his team's dominance. The Lakers never trailed, holding leads of 4-1 after one quarter, 9-2 at halftime and 11-4 after three quarters.

"We told them from the opening whistle to bring it (and) be intense. Don't ease into it. As soon as that gate opens, man, we're going,'" Longo said. "That's what they did."

Cazenovia senior All America selection Sean Cannizzaro made the quickest start of anyone. The senior scored the Lakers' first two goals, three of their first four, and showed little sign of suffering from a separated shoulder he received in the state semifinal against Silver Creek three nights earlier.

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