May 27, 2011 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Having already authored so much history this spring – first time atop the state rankings, most wins in a season, first no. 1 playoff seed, first trip to the Section III finals – the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team still wants more.
And the Lakers have a chance to get more Saturday when it tries to dethrone defending champion Skaneateles in the Class C title game at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, this after beating no. 5 seed Homer 14-5 in a semifinal at Christian Brothers Academy dragged out over two days.
It started on Thursday at Alibrandi Stadium with the Trojans unafraid of what the Lakers had to offer, playing a solid first quarter and taking a 2-1 lead. If the Lakers were fazed by this situation, though, it didn’t last long.
The second quarter totally belonged to the Lakers, who started to win face-offs and impose the high-speed, high-scoring pace it wants. By the time the 6-1 sprint was done, Cazenovia had a 7-3 lead going into the half.
Homer tried to slow things down again in the third period, but could not do anything against a steady Cazenovia defense. So the margin grew to 9-3 when harsh weather blew into the area, the rain and lightning causing a weather delay.
It was decided to resume the game on Friday afternoon. Back on the CBA turf, the Lakers did not lose any of the momentum of the previous day, continuing to add to its margin in the fourth quarter to insure its first-ever sectional finals trip.
Connor Cannizzaro, with three goals and two assists, and Joe Nardella, with four goals and one assist, led the attack. Sean Cannizzaro added a goal and three assists, while Mason Powell delivered a three-goal hat trick. John Greacen and Brad Nardella also scored as Sam Lewis added an assist.
Now Cazenovia would get less than 24 hours’ rest before the biggest game in the program’s history. Cazenovia and Skaneateles hold the top two spots in the state Class C rankings, and split their regular-season meetings. And both have cruised through the playoffs so far, Skaneateles having ripped Westhill (15-3) and Cortland (20-9) to get this far.