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CBA boys take semifinal loss to LaFayette

Brothers' late surge falls short against top seed

— The Christian Brothers Academy boys’ lacrosse season came to an end Wednesday night in a 14-11 loss to No. 1-seeded LaFayette in the Section III Class C semifinals at Chittenango High School.

Three goals from J.R. Zazarra and two apiece from Andrew Romagnoli, Braedon Gait and Jack Jeschke weren’t enough to prevent the Brothers from finishing 13-5 and a game short of the finals.

All four players - Zazzara, Romagnoli, Gait and Jeschke - will return next year, so the team’s future is bright despite the loss of All-American Cody Radziewicz to Johns Hopkins.

Though the scoreboard suggested that this third meeting between CBA and LaFayette (they split their two regular-season games) was tight, it was a lopsided affair through the first 3 1/2 quarters.

Zazarra did put the Brothers on the board first with an unassisted tally 90 seconds into the game. But the Lancers responded with four unanswered goals in four and a half minutes and would not get caught again.

“I thought we came out a little flat,” CBA coach Rick Beardsley said. “We didn't have a real sense of urgency and guys got a little impatient.”

The game’s frantic pace, in this case, did not favor the Brothers, and it went dry until Zazarra broke a scoring drought of nearly seven minutes with his second goal, another long-distance scorcher.

LaFayette’s possession advantage wore on the Brothers in the second quarter, as the Lancers’ lead extended from 4-2 to 7-3 at half.

Jeschke recorded CBA’s only goal of the period with less than two minutes left. Defender Joey Pascarella cleared nearly 40 yards untouched before laying off to Jack Zerrillo, who found Jeschke for the easy transition finish.

Radziewicz nearly went scoreless for the first time all season, needing 47 minutes and 30 seconds to tally in garbage time.

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