East Syracuse What the Christian Brothers Academy girls’ lacrosse team wants to make clear early on is that business proceeds as usual despite their new home in Class B.
The Brothers, 2011 state Class C champions and a state semifinalist a season ago, followed up a season-opening 16-2 win over Fulton with a 16-7 drubbing of East Syracuse-Minoa on Thursday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Senior standout Marisa Romeo, who scored 85 goals and tallied 51 assists last year, had five goals and two assists on this day and won just about every draw she took to help the Brothers control possession for most of the game.
Taylor Poplawski got the visitors going early with two goals from free-position shots in the first 2:30. The Spartans struggled to keep possession in their attacking half and found themselves down 8-0 with seven minutes left in the half.
Romeo (twice), Maddie Cook, Rachel Perla and Sydney Murphy all got on the scoreboard before ESM put its first goal in the net three minutes from the break.
Nicole DeVona scored twice in a 90-second span to cut the Spartans' deficit to 8-2, but Romeo and Emily Ehle each answered with a goal in the final minute to re-establish the original margin.
The second half kicked off with a flurry of activity near the Spartans’ net. Cook sandwiched free-position goals around two nifty, but very different goals by Romeo to put the game out of reach at 14-3 more than 22 minutes to play.
Then Romeo won another draw after Cook’s first tally and charged the entire length of the attacking half before faking out goalie Courtnee Notaro for the score. She put the next one in just 33 seconds later on a one-timer after cutting through the middle and receiving a nifty pass from Ehle.
The Brothers took their collective foot off the gas from then on, getting just two more goals from Cook and Poplawski. ESM junior Sam Dooling did her best to help the home team save face, scoring a pair of goals, and finished her hat trick with two minutes left to play.