continued “We went to other guys,” Beardsley said. “Braedon Gait had some hot hands. We were trying to use our attack a little more on the mismatches when they went with a zone. We did our best to try and combat the zone.”
The Brothers struggled to keep up with Lancer attackers Brian Phillips, Nate Beresovoy and Matthew Bennett, racking up 11 penalties, six of them in the fourth quarter.
“Penalties hurt is in the second half. But refs don't win and lose games,” said Beardsley.
Not until the fourth quarter did CBA show life on offense. Gait (twice), Romagnoli, Zerrillo, Jeschke, Radziewicz and Zazarra all scored in the Brothers best quarter of the game.
Beardsley reflected on the ending to his first year on the job, and said he was happy with his team's resilience, even with a large defici.t
“We battled in that second half," he said. "My guys didn't have quit in them and I'm real proud of them,” he said.
He did not believe the emotional last-second 14-13 win over Marcellus in the May 18 quarterfinals had an effect on the loss.
“Kids come ready to play, (but) sometimes they get a little flat" said Beardsley. That's just the way the ball rolls at times
Along with Radziewicz and Pascarella, J.T. Romagnoli and Joe Kelley leave as key CBA contributors. Radziewicz finished the seasons with a team-high 108 points (59 goals, 49 assists), followed by Zerillo with 75 (52 and 23) and Andrew Romagnoli with 72 (33 and 39).
LaFayette faces Cazenovia in the Class C final Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium, after the Lakers beat no. 2 seed Westhill 10-6 in the other semifinal, avenging a regular-season overtime defeat to the Warriors.