Trevor Cross made 11 saves, just one less than LaFayette counterpart Elliott Lyons. For the most part, Phillips, with five goals and one assist, and Nate Beresovoy, with three goals and five assists, paced the Lancer attack.
Just getting to that LaFayette game unblemished was difficult enough, as Cazenovia went to Tully last Tuesday and trailed through most of the first half before turning things around in the latter stages and, mostly led by Cook, hanging on to beat the Black Knights 10-8.
Tully had no intention of letting the Lakers run wild, especially after it played a strong first quarter and seized a 4-2 lead. For the rest of the half, the tempo slowed, and Cazenovia had to stay patient, shoring up its defense to keep close and move within 5-4 by halftime.
Winning more of the draws in the third quarter, Cazenovia made a move, outscoring the Black Knights 4-2 in that frame to take the lead, not getting frustrated as Tully goalie Dan Sherlock continued to make big stops on his way to 18 saves for the afternoon.
Then the Lakers clamped down again, limiting Tully to a single goal in the last 12 minutes and getting clutch stops from Cross, who finished with nine saves.
Cazenovia didn’t mind that Tully’s defense ganged up on Cannizzaro, for that just left room for Cook as he carried the Lakers’ attack with seven goals.
Despite all the attention, Cannizzaro still managed two goals and one assist, with Nardella adding a goal and two assists. Jake Falge and Conor Race also earned assists as Cyrus Nash and Adrian Nash, each with two goals and one assist, led a balanced Tully attack.
The loss to LaFayette still left Cazenovia at 9-1, and it could regain momentum in a big way if it beat CBA (8-2) in Tuesday night’s highly-anticipated clash at Alibrandi Stadium before another tough game at home Friday against Westhill, who started this week 8-2 and met 8-2 Marcellus on Tuesday just as the Lakers and Brothers squared off.