Each time it takes the field, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team aims to entertain, even if defense gets pushed aside.
Syracuse’s CBA side met Albany’s CBA side last Monday night at Alibrandi Stadium, and once again it proved wild – but the home side came out on top, 24-16, for its fourth consecutive win.
The game had a sweet and emotional back story to it, too. Albany CBA graduate Torey Williams, a member of the Class of 2012, passed away on April 6 in a motorcycle accident, and the subsequent memorial service kept that team from making a full weekend trip to the Buffalo area for games against St. Francis and St. Joseph’s.
Instead, the St. Francis game on April 12 was cancelled, the St. Joseph’s game was played a day later, on April 14 (Albany CBA lost) and Syracuse CBA offered to fill in for St. Francis.
Not only that, but before the game coach Ric Beardsley gave each of his players a no. 3 sticker for their helmets, since that Torey Williams wore no. 3 when he played at Albany CBA. They also “retired” the no. 3 jersey for the night and took a team picture together before play started.
The game itself was pretty fun, too. Albany CBA did a lot of offensive damage, but it could not keep up with Syracuse CBA’s blistering pace as five different players had more than five points.
Jack Zerillo, with six goals and two assists, and Alex Brunner, with five goals and four assists, led the way, though Cody Radziewicz was close behind, matching Brunner’s five goals and adding two assists.
Braedon Gait set a season mark as he scored four times, with Andrew Romagnoli adding two goals and three assists. Joe Kelley and Joey Pascarella both had two assists as Kelley, J.R. Zazzara and Sam Martin had single goals. Andrew Koscus, bombarded all night in goal, still made 12 saves.