DeWitt Nothing less than a clash of champions was on the menu when West Genesee and Christian Brothers Academy's girls lacrosse teams gathered on a chilly, wet Tuesday night at Alibrandi Stadium.
And despite the adverse elements, the Wildcats and Brothers put on a terrific effort, each side with chances to pull it out until WG inched ahead in the late stages and held on for a 10-9 victory.
Any contest between, on one side, a five-time defending Section III Class A champion and, on the other side, the reigning state Class C champions, with rosters teeming with talent and skill, was bound to be memorable.
Yet unlike their 2011 encounter (an easy win for the Wildcats at home in Camillus), this one would be in doubt from the outset. CBA, fresh off a big 9-7 win over Skaneateles on April 7, raced to a 3-1 lead on the strength of goals by Kara Dell'uomo, Michelle Wiese and Caroline Webster.
In the middle of the first half, though, WG took charge with a 6-0 run, including three straight goals where Emily Tripodi, working from the back of the net, fed to the middle, where Erica Geremia scored twice and Riley Donahue also converted.
By the time it was 7-3, CBA coach Doug Sedgwick called a time-out, and made a defensive switch. He put two of his best players, Wiese and Webster, in the back - Wiese to follow Tripodi, Webster to track Geremia. It worked as, from that point forward, the Wildcats' attack was far less proficient.
Taylor Poplawski and Marisa Romeo scored late in the half, making it 7-5 at the break. After an exchange of goals early in the second half, the Brothers charged again, pulling within one on Poplawski's second goal and tying it, 8-8, on Webster's goal with 12:07 left, fed by Romeo.