If ever a “loss” proved satisfying in the long term, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team found it when it took mighty Jamesville-DeWitt to overtime on April 6.
That 15-14 defeat, with its up-and-down style of play and neither side able to pull away in the latter stages, gave the Brothers a jolt of confidence that it used to win three times in a four-day span.
By far, the most difficult of those games came last Thursday night, the make up of a snowed-out April 2 game with LaFayette. Again, CBA was tied going into the fourth quarter, but this time pulled through as it outscored the Lancers 17-15.
Though 1-2, LaFayette had already gone through close calls in defeats to Cazenovia and Marcellus, and were determined to finish in front this time, even after the Brothers raced to a 5-3 first-quarter lead.
Over the course of the next two periods, the pace remained relentless. Eleven goals were scored in the second quarter as the Lancers pulled within 10-9 at the break, and though it slowed a bit at the start of the second half, LaFayette forged a 12-12 tie, led by Nate Beresovoy, who hurt the Brothers with seven goals on the night.
With both sides tiring, it was CBA that was able to fight back in front in the latter stages, again anchored by Cody Radziewicz, who had seven assists to go with his four goals.
Jack Jeschke took on a much larger role, matching Radziewicz’s four goals and adding three assists. Jack Zerillo scored three times, while J.R. Zazzara managed two goals and three assists. Andrew Romagnoli and Braedon Gait each had two goals and one assist.
CBA gave new head coach Ric Beardsley his first win at the helm last Tuesday in a 22-4 romp over Bishop Ludden. The Brothers were steady and productive all night, scoring 11 times in each half and getting four different hat tricks.