Camillus Once again, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team holds the Section III Class C crown - but not by much.
The Brothers had to rally from a two-goal deficit in the second half of Tuesday night's sectional final against Skaneateles at West Genesee High School, and then hang on for dear life in the waning seconds to edge the Lakers 9-8.
"It wasn't our best game," said junior Marisa Romeo, who scored both the tying and go-ahead goals. "But we got by."
Not until CBA's defenders stripped Skaneateles' Emma Ford of the ball amid a charge to the net in the waning seconds was the outcome secure.
Prior to that, the Lakers had three possible game-tying shots. Goalie Courtney Henderson stopped the first. An attempt by Nicole Beatson flew wide. And with 35 seconds left, Carly Davis beat Henderson - but her shot ricocheted off the right post.
In many ways, CBA escaped, and head coach Doug Sedgwick knew it. He said his team never quite got into a rhythm after the game's start was delayed 75 minutes due to a thunderstorm.
"We just didn't have it today," he said. "Our girls were just going through the motions, but somehow we came out on top."
The Brothers did so through a grit similar to what it showed rallying to beat Skaneateles in last year's sectional final on the way to a state championship. In no way did the game resemble CBA's 17-6 rout of the Lakers just 13 days earlier at Alibrandi Stadium.
"That last (meeting) was not an indicator of our team," said Skaneateles head coach Bridget Marquardt. "We are so much better than that."
And such a truth was evident in a first half where both teams started slow. CBA eventually built a 6-2 lead, but it threw away many other chances to take total command, squandering them through turnovers or taking shots that Laker goalie Shannon Byrne would snare.