It was a good thing for the Warriors that Lamison put in her 13th goal of the season in the first half. From that point forward B’ville’s defense shut Liverpool down, only allowing five shots.
Given a bit more work to do, Liverpool’s defense was up to it, protecting that slim one-goal margin as goalie Megan Evangelista picked up six saves, preserving the shutout.
This led to Cazenovia, a battle throughout the night that turned late in regulation in the Lakers’ favor.
Cazenovia’s primary mission was to contain Lamison, but that nearly backfired in the opening 90 seconds when Liverpool drew a penalty corner and Lamison maneuvered her way to the net, only to get blocked before a shot was fired.
Through a scoreless first half, the Warriors and Lakers earned more than a dozen penalty corners, but could not convert any of them, either through poor passes or attentive defenses that broke up opportunities before they could develop.
This pattern endured deep into the second half. There would be a few minutes of Liverpool pressure, followed by Cazenovia attacking, but it remained 0-0. Both teams had possible go-ahead goals disallowed because they were hit too high.
Between goalie Lauren Devine, who finished with 10 saves, and defenders Maggie Carpenter, Maggie Namy, Maureen Milmoe and Annika Christensen, the Lakers maintained its portion of the shutout and waited for something to break.
With 7:50 left, the break arrived. Off yet another penalty corner, Nicole Chiarello, from the left point, took Emily Willard's feed and crushed a shot that Evangelista had no chance of stopping as it crashed into the cage, putting Cazenovia up 1-0.
Just after Lamison hit a possible game-tying shot inches wide, Cazenovia pushed again on a fast break. This time, it was Jessy Silfer connecting from the right side, her goal with 5:30 left pushing the margin to two, where it would stay.