continued Neither team gained ground through the majority of the fourth quarter until Cannizzaro provided the first of two insurance goals with 4:32 remaining.
“It was tight,” Cannizzaro said. “They're a good team. When they get on offense they just work it around and take the air out of it. So we just have to be patient on offense and work it around when we get it and take our chances and capitalize.”
Following a come-from-behind, 13-10 win over Skaneateles in the quarterfinals on May 18, Westhill looked to be in good shape for the first 23 minutes of this one.
Neither team showed much urgency in the early going, both content to pass around and set up their offenses. Jack Centore put the Warriors on the scoreboard first with a tight angled shot following a Cazenovia penalty five minutes in.
Richie Easterly followed with a rare transition goal three and a half minutes later as Ryan Zimmerman took a long pass from Sweeney just 15 yards from the Cazenovia goal before laying off to Easterly.
Late in the half, with Westhill nursing a 5-3 lead and looking to keep that two-goal margin, the Lakers made the game's pivotal move.
With one minute left, Alex Sullivan took an outlet pass at midfield that was nearly intercepted. From there, Sullivan found Cannizzaro near the net with only one man to beat. His second goal brought the team within one, and Ryan Cook scored a diving goal 14 seconds before the horn to tie things up, 5-5.
Once the Lakers got that momentum, it never really let go of it, and were tough on both ends in the second half, including defense, where it held the deep, potent Warriors in check as goalie Trevor Cross finished with eight saves and surrendered just one goal in those last 24 minutes.