Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse players celebrate after defeating Brighton 14-7 for the state Class B championship Saturday at SUNY-Cortland. It's the Brothers' second state title in three years, to go with the Class C crown earned in 2011.
Marisa Romeo and Taylor Poplawski remembered how glorious it felt two years ago, when Christian Brothers Academy's girls lacrosse team earned its first-ever state championship, and they were bent on having that glorious feeling once again.
So it only figured that this superb senior tandem was at the heart of the Brothers' second state title in three years, earned Saturday afternoon at SUNY-Cortland when it defeated Section V champion Brighton 14-7 in the Class B title game.
Between them, Romeo and Poplawski produced nine goals - Romeo six, Poplawski three - both of them proving too difficult for the Barons to contain.
"This is the place for the stars to shine, and they (Marisa and Taylor) definitely came out today," said CBA head coach Doug Sedgwick.
For her part, Romeo said it was the ideal ending to her high school career. "I can't explain it, ending the season like this," she said. "This is incredible."
Poplawski agreed, saying that, in the wake of a disappointing defeat in last year's state semifinals, "it feels so good to be back here to win it. Everything worked out well."
Unlike 2011, when CBA pulled out a 9-8 thriller over Mount Sinai in the state Class C final, this game had no suspense down the stretch as the Brothers staged its claim as, arguably, the top team in the state.
With its traditionally strong defense, Brighton was bent on not letting CBA run wild in the manner it has against so many other opponents this spring, and it did succeed for a while.
Other than Poplawski's goal at the 2:04 mark, the Brothers were shut down in the early stages as the Barons put double and triple teams on Romeo. On the other end, though, Brighton could not take advantage, meeting fierce resistance from an inspired CBA defense.