Only by a narrow margin did the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team miss dropping its last four games of the regular season in the wake of an 11-1 start.
The rescue came last Wednesday night, at Skaneateles, where the Brothers trailed throughout the second half before a furious comeback produced overtime – and led to a 12-11 win over the Lakers.
Those defeats – in order, to Cazenovia, Westhill and Homer – had threatened to undo all the good work CBA had done the previous two months.
Sensing that urgency, the Brothers went after Skaneateles, who lost its own OT decision to Cazenovia the week before. CBA flew through the Skaneateles defenses and took a 6-3 in the first quarter, only to get blanked the rest of the half.
Skaneateles used the Brothers’ drought, plus its own success with face-offs and attacks, to charge into an 8-6 halftime lead, and maintained that margin through most of the second half, too.
Connor O’Hara and Steve Bright, each with two goals and two assists, led a balanced attack where Zach Ross added two goals and one assist. Major and Nate Scuderi both got one goal and one assist as Strods and Trevor Diamond contributed goals, too.
Yet even that wasn’t enough as, just in time, the Brothers rescued the night. Trailing 11-8 in the fourth quarter, roared back to tie it, 11-11, paced by Nick Papayanakos, who finished with four goals and two assists.
And that momentum carried over into the OT period, where Cody Radziewicz, who already had three goals and two assists, gave a well-timed feed to Andrew Romagnoli, who beat Higman for the game-winner.
Shane Murphy, with two goals, and Joe Dalfo, with one goal and one assist, offered the main support to Papayanakos and Radziewicz. Braeden Gait scored, too, as Dom Facciponte was superb in the net, recording 16 saves.