DeWitt When the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team visited Christian Brothers Academy in Tuesday’s regular season finale, it represented a matchup of two Class C teams heading in opposite directions.
Neither side altered its course in the Brothers’ 24-10 drubbing of the Lakers: Skaneateles lost its fourth in a row while CBA won its fourth in five tries to close out the regular season on a high note.
Senior night was good to Cody Radziewicz. Radziewicz, who is heading to Johns Hopkins, wanted to, in his words, “try to go out with a bang.” He did just that, leading the Brothers with seven goals and an assist, bringing his season totals to 54 goals and 42 assists.
CBA first-year coach Ric Beardsley had high praise for the standout attacker. “He’s one of the best players I've ever coached and I've coached a lot of them in my day,” said Beardsley. “He's got exceptional leadership. I was very fortunate to inherit him.”
CBA and Skaneateles came into the contest at fourth and fifth place in the OHSL Liberty division standings. A win for the Brothers would increase their chances of receiving a first-round bye in the Section III Class C playoffs that start later this week.
Five different CBA players scored as the hosts built a 6-3 first-quarter lead. Radziewicz and Alex Brownlee traded goals in the opening minute before CBA ran off five unanswered goals from Jack Jeschke (two), Andrew Romagnoli, Jack Zerrillo and J.R. Zazzara. Tyler Strods and Owen Kuhns pulled two back before the end of the period.
The second quarter saw an increase in physical play, but no change in the scoring advantage. Skaneateles received two unreleasable penalties and found themselves down to eight players on two occasions in the quarter, but managed to enter halftime down 9-6.
Romagnoli and Zerrillo both scored on nifty solo efforts. Romagnoli held the ball behind net and sold a fake pass to the wing so well that his defender left to follow the ball, leaving Romagnoli free to turn around the cage and drop in an easy goal.