To some degree, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team was humbled by its 19-8 defeat to national powerhouse St. Stephens-St. Agnes in the Washignton, D.C., area on April 13.
Yet it also made the Brothers angry and focused, and when it returned to Central New York, it unleashed all of its forces on Jamesville-DeWitt last Monday afternoon in a 17-0 shutout.
The most lopsided contest in this local rivalry featured a much-improved CBA defense never letting the Red Rams get the ball in the net and working hard to preserve the shutout, even after it put things away during a 10-0 first half.
On the offensive end, the Brothers had 10 different players notch goals. Taylor Poplawski and Olivia Pitonzo each had three-goal hat tricks, with Poplawski adding three assists to give her six points for the day.
Marisa Romeo and Maddie Cook both finished with two goals and two assists, while Rachel Perla had two goals and one assist. Emily Ehle and Evie Lopoo both managed one goal and one assist, with Alyssa Pitonzo, Lilly Hunt and Rachel Vercillo also finding the net.
Both teams won on Thursday, though, as J-D rebounded to push past 14-10 and CBA ripped past Mexico 17-5.
The Red Rams were in trouble at Fulton, trailing 7-6 at halftime. But its defense tightened, and Cameron Buck was sensational in the net, making 14 saves as J-D surged out in front.
Offensively, Taylor Fallon, Sam McKenna and Carly Neugebauer each got three-goal hat tricks, with Fallon adding a pair of assists. Madi Alfieris scored twice, with Caroline Kopp and Meghan Byrnes each getting a goal and two assists. Kailen Prosak added a goal, while Carly Stone got two assists.
As for CBA, it gained a 10-2 edge on Mexico by halftime and never looked back, Romeo and Poplawski each scoring four goals and combining for five assists. Perla, Vercillo and Amanda Fess had two goals apiece, with Alyssa Pitonzo, Adrianna Fess and Katie Anderson notching single goals. Hunt and Olivia Pitonzo both had a pair of assists.