DeWitt Braedon Gait was disappointed, for his shot in the waning seconds of Saturday's Section III Class C boys lacrosse quarterfinal at Alibrandi Stadium was off line, and it looked like Christian Brothers Academy was on its way to overtime with Marcellus.
But that disappointment soon vanished as Jack Zerillo showed up, left of the net, and fired it past Mustangs goalie Jake Lilly with just 1.7 seconds left, giving the Brothers a 14-13 victory.
If it looked familiar to CBA fans, that's because close to the exact same thing happened when the Brothers met Marcellus on this same turf nine days earlier. Trailing the Mustangs by one in that first meeting on May 8, CBA scored twice late in regulation, and prevailed 9-8.
They were in close to the same spot here, no. 5 seed Marcellus leading no. 4 seed CBA 13-12 and possessing the ball with less than two minutes to play, and the Brothers out of time-outs. All the Mustangs had to do was maintain possession, and it would advance.
Led on the back line by J.T. Romagnoli, CBA forced a turnover and rushed down the field. A series of passes, the last of them by J.R. Zazzara, set up Jack Jeschke, parked in front of the net, who flicked home the tying goal with 53.3 seconds left.
Just as importantly, Drew Brooks won the enusing face-off, giving the Brothers the last possession of regulation. Again, with the Marcellus defenders determined to cut off Cody Radziewicz, the ball went to Gait, who was off target - but Zerillo fought his way to the ball and put home the game-winner.
Thus ended a wild, exciting contest that went through several phases. In the initial phase, both defenses were overwhelmed amid a blazing pace that CBA wanted to set, as it took a 6-3 lead late in the first quarter, only to have Marcellus rally and tie it, 6-6, before the period was done.