Weather continued to interrupt the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team’s hopes of playing on its actual home turf – but did nothing to affect the team’s high level of performance.
The Lakers, still unbeaten and no. 2 in the latest state Class C rankings, had to move a second home game down the road to Chittenango High School, this time pushing back its meeting with Jordan-Elbridge.
And when Cazenovia faced the Eagles last Wednesday afternoon, it was tight early, but by the second quarter it was all Lakers as it pulled away to smash the Eagles 18-3.
Led by Gale Thorpe’s pair of goals, J-E pulled into a 2-2 deadlock with Cazenovia in the first quarter. All that did, though, was make the Lakers step up its play, and it proceeded to outscore the Eagles 8-1 during the second period.
As if that wasn’t enough, Cazenovia blanked J-E in the second half and continued to add to its margin, led by Connor Cannizzaro, who had five goals and two assists, and Ryan Cook, who managed three goals and three assists.
Jake Falge also had a three-goal hat trick as Kyle Brown and P.J. Brown both got two goals and one assist. Conor Race also scored twice, Brad Nardella adding a goal and two assists as Henry Mann also got credit for an assist.
The delay in the J-E game meant that Cazenovia had to play Manlius-Pebble Hill less than 24 hours later, but as with the Eagles, the Lakers would have an easy time of it, earning a 20-1 victory over the Trojans.
This time, though, Cazenovia didn’t wait until the second quarter to seize control, roaring to an 8-0 lead in the opening period and expanding that margin to 14-1 at the break.
Nardella took a leading role, with four goals and one assist, while Kyle Brown and Alex Sullivan each got three goals, Sullivan adding an assist as part of an attack where 12 different players would find the net by game’s end.