DeWitt To this point, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team has met all the challenges - and might just be getting better.
Further proof of this was offered Thursday afternoon at Alibrandi Stadium, where senior Nick Papayanakos helped the state Class C no. 10-ranked Brothers dismantle no. 3-ranked LaFayette by a score of 20-9.
The main reason why LaFayette had garnered the no. 3 spot in the state poll was because its defense had done a terrific job shutting down Skaneateles in an 8-5 victory on April 4.
But the Brothers feature a far more experienced attack, whose sharpness was evident right away as it raced to a 3-0 lead in the game's first four minutes, 14 seconds, and it was Papayanakos nabbing the first goal before Alex Brunner and Cody Radziewicz converted.
LaFayette did tie it, 3-3, and the two sides would trade goals before, in the last second of the period, Papayanakos fed Shane Murphy for a goal that gave CBA a 5-4 lead, one it would never relinquish.
The real breakaway, though, didn't take place until late in the second quarter. It was 7-5 when Joe Dalfo fed the Cornell-bound Radziewicz for his second goal, but that was just the warm-up.
Papayanakos took over from there. Already with two goals, the senior hit twice more in a span of 1:40 to double CBA's margin to 9-5, and capped off the half by taking Radziewicz's feed and firing it into the LaFayette net 2.5 seconds before the horn.
Suddenly, it was 10-5, Papayanakos had recorded five goals, and the Lancers would never get closer than four goals again. Radziewicz finished with six goals and five assists as Dalfo found the net twice and added four assists, and Papayanakos adding to his career mark with his sixth and seventh goals down the stretch.