Cazenovia Nearly 12 months after the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team's Section III and state Class C championship reign ended at the expense of Homer, the two sides met again in the post-season, and the stakes were far different - as was the result.
The no. 3 seed Lakers, getting a double-digit point effort from Ryan Cook and a superb all-around performance from its defense, blasted the no. 6 seed Trojans 16-4 in Saturday's sectional Class C quarterfinal at the Sean Googin Sports Complex.
As a result, Cazenovia will make the short trip to Chittenango High School next Wednesday at 5 p.m. to face no. 2 seed Westhill in the Class C semifinals. The winner there gets LaFayette or CBA in next Saturday's title game at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.
Though Cazenovia's most recent encounter with Homer, a 13-11 come-from-behind victory in early April, was a successful one, what really stuck in the Lakers' collective minds was that 10-6 defeat to those same Trojans in the 2012 sectional final.
Motivated not to let Homer end its season again, Cazenovia was aggressive from the start, converting scoring opportunities and gaining a 4-1 edge by the end of the first quarter.
Then it got close to the same thing in the second period, expanding its margin to 8-3 by the time they hit the break, and it was already apparent that Homer's plan to tail Connor Cannizzaro had backfired.
Cook, getting all kinds of open looks, kept finding the net, and his work in the second half led to Cazenovia putting the game well out of reach. In each of the last two periods, the Lakers outscored Homer 4-1, just as it had in the first quarter.
Nearly half those goals came from Cook, who managed seven goals and added three assists, giving him 56 goals and 26 assists for the season, just behind Cannizzaro, who despite all the attention still scored four times to run his season goal total to 62, to go with 30 assists.